Gigs at the Queens Head are every Sunday and occasional Wednesdays

All gigs are free admission and start at 8.30 pm. Programming consists of National and International touring artists as well as providing a platform for many of the high quality, creative players in the region.

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Wednesday 3rd August

Coltrane Dedication – the traditional alternative festival

The barnstorming quintet, inspired by the tunes of the late John Coltrane, present another evening of improvised music, “boldly straying where no band has strayed before”
A collective of musicians who recognise the emotional power of the later music of John Coltrane and use those compositions as their own springboard for creating a powerful, engaging, impassioned communication through improvised music. Coltrane Dedication is about taking the spirit of that great movement in music between 1960 and 1967 and laying it out in a 21st century context.
The band attracts major players from throughout South Wales and the South West and on this occasion we have Lyndon Owen (Saxophones), Bill Fletcher(Bass), Dave Jones (Piano) & Ian Poole (Drums).

Supported by Music In Monmouth

Sunday 7th August

The Earl band

Stuart Earl returns to the Queen’s and ever popular the place should be rammed! A true exponent of self penned Americana at its finest. Stuart, Lyndon, Charlie and Brett consistently provide contemporary Country influence music and they’ve been sorely missed.
 
Stuart writes:
“We are so excited. It is going to be great to get back to THE QUEENS HEAD, MONMOUTH. Can you remember where I put my guitar……..”
 
 
Their new album “Cowboy State of Mind” is available from www.earlmusic.co.uk

Sunday 14th August

Big Joe Bone

“Big Joe Bone” plays what he calls “Blues-Grass” music…..a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, sublime bottleneck slide guitar playing and lightning finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos…..all held together by a very heavy stomping boot!

Originally from London and now living on the Mid-Wales coast, he started playing guitar as a schoolboy and has now been travelling all around the UK playing his fast, furious Roots music to eager audiences since 2012.

As well as playing songs from great Roots musicians like Son House, Dock Boggs, Bukka White, Flatt and Scruggs, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Charlie Parr, Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Robert Johnson …..the list goes on and on!, Big Joe also plays his own songs, which fit right in to his eclectic set.

Check them out at www.bigjoebone.com

Sunday 21st August

Will Killeen “The King of slide guitar”

The unique guitar playing of Will Killeen is back and raring to go! Some say “beyond definition”; we say “slide blues with generous amounts of Irish airs, Ragas and the occasional Hopi Indian motif”. A serious accomplishment and a feast for the ears.
Always welcome and one of the nicest guys in the business.
 
 

Wednesday 7th September

Dave Jones’ Quintet plays ‘A Hole in One’: Celebrating the Music of Kenny Garrett


Jones has long been a fan of the music of the great saxophonist/composer Kenny Garrett, particularly since hearing him on his late 1990s ‘Songbook’ album and live in London. That album featured Kenny Kirkland on piano (Dave’s favourite pianist), and so began the process of discovering Garrett’s other music, both older and newer.


Now in 2022, it turns out that Andy Hague (drummer in Dave’s Quartet) has a great set of charts for a wide selection of Garrett’s tunes, including November 15 and Brother Hubbard from ‘Songbook’, and some favourite tunes from other albums including Boogety Boogety, Chief Blackwater, Native Tongue, and of course A Hole in One.


Jones is utilising Hague’s horn-playing skills again, following the ‘Crime Scenes and Subterfuge’ album (2020) and gigs to promote Jones’ ‘Unfinished Sentences’ album (from 2021). Add the impressive Ben Waghorn/Dan Newberry (saxes, flute), Ashley John Long/Nick Kacal (bass), and Ryan Thrupp/Alex Goodyear (drums) to complete the Quintet, and their collective skills, experience, and credits make this a project to watch out for…
Ben Waghorn (saxes and flutes for NYJO, Tommy Chase, Slowly Rolling Camera and Keith Tippett, Goldfrapp, Kasabian and Portishead),  Ashley John Long (bass for John Law, Brandon Allen, Geoff Eales, Alan Barnes, Scott Hamilton, and London Philharmonic Orchestra), Andy Hague (trumpeter for Portishead, his own bands, and Be-Bop Club in Bristol regular), and pianist Dave Jones has released numerous critically acclaimed albums,
performed internationally, and has TV composition credits including ‘The Big Bang Theory’, the US Open Golf Tournament, ‘The Today Show’, and ‘Location, Location, Location’.

 

 

Wednesday 5th October

Thomas & Muse

Details to follow
 
 

Wednesday 19th October

James Kilby and John Stowell

Details to follow