ANDY T + IBC, SOPHIE SPARHAM and ADIE SANDERS at THE QUEENS HEAD, BELPER. APRIL 22nd. £8.Doors at 8.00pm.
Spot the connection between last month's guests ,Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, and Andy T ? Well apart from sharing some memorable bills at The Queens Head over the past 4 years, Andy's first recordings were released by Crass Records. One of the legends of the anarcho-punk scene, Andy has performed and published his unique brand of performance poetry for over thirty years. Now backed by a band specialising in grooves redolent of early Joy Division, Andy headlines at The Queens Head for the first time in his own right. Uncompromising and fiercely original, an Andy T performance is utterly compelling and powerful. On this occasion, Andy is supported by local goodtime folk/rap heroes IBC, Derby favourite Sophie Sparham and singer-songwriter Adie Sanders. Almost a mini festival.
SAVE OUR NHS ! BENEFIT NIGHT. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24th. Sweet Liquorice, Annette Oakes and more. Free Admission. Donations welcome. Doors at 8.00pm.
With our NHS and Social Care in crisis, it has never been more important to make our voices heard. Locally we stand to lose at least 535 beds - 395 in Acute Care, 85 in Community Hospitals and 35 in Mental Health Care - with the implications of hospital and ward closures.
However, campaigning and fundraising can be fun as is evident from the line up for this gig.
Sweet Liquorice are of course Tony Stark and Saskia Searle whose quality is rapidly gaining wider attention and Annette Oakes needs no introduction to anybody familiar with the local scene.
An evening therefore of words and music to lift the spirits, a few glasses and raise money to sustain the campaign to ensure the survival of our NHS in a time of crisis.
SEAN TAYLOR at THE QUEENS HEAD, BELPER. FRIDAY FEB 17th. £8. Support from Sweet Liquorice. Doors at 8.00pm.
From Kilburn London to Austin Texas is just part of Sean Taylor's extraordinary musical pilgrimage. Barely into his thirties, Sean has already released eight albums and the latest 'Flood and Burn' has attracted more than usual attention. Featured on Radio Two by Huey Morgan, the album was awarded four stars by Mojo Magazine only for R2 to go one better and give it five. Recorded with such luminaries as Danny Thompson and Roscoe Beck ( musical director for the late Leonard Cohen) and produced by Mark Hellman feted for his work with Carole King among others, the album has been widely praised for its seamless fusion of folk, blues and jazz. 'A record that shows maturity,confidence,growth and an artist having the total freedom to be himself.'
Clearly unmissable, Sean is supported by Sweet Liquorice aka Tony Stark and Saskia so early arrival is recommended.
Tickets are available at the venue or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
'On Earth as it is in Austin' is not only the title of Bob Cheevers' tenth studio album but more of a statement of intent. Surprisingly for an artist so closely associated with the Texan school of songwriting, Bob only relocated from Nashville to Austin in 2008. Disillusioned by the chart oriented treadmill of the Nashville scene, he was clearly in search of a different world populated by rebels,outlaws, dreamers and lovers. He obviously found it because in 2011 the Texas Music Academy voted him singer-songwriter of the year.
Bob still tours extensively both in America and Europe and the trail once again leads to Belper. A songwriter of real distinction he reflects 'I don't know if these stories are true but they happened to me'. Accompaniment comes from London's Geoff Haves.
Tickets for this gig and Sean Taylor ( February 17th) are available at the venue or contact mjones email@example.com.
HEADSTICKS at THE QUEENS HEAD. JANUARY 28th. £7. Support from Chris Butler and Jack's got a plan. Doors at 7.45.
Headsticks return to The Queens Head to headline an evening of midwinter music guaranteed to dispel most seasonal disorders. The Cold Grey English Skies Tour seems like an apt title for this time of the year and taken from their recent album 'Feather and Flame' the song is rapidly becoming one of the anthems of austerity UK. However in typical Headsticks fashion it also suggests that it really doesn't have to be this way.
Where Headsticks stand head and shoulders above similar bands is their ability to weld folk melodies and punk energy which combined with top drawer songwriting makes a Headsticks gig a genuinely uplifting experience.
Support on this occasion comes from Chris Butler and Jack's Got a Plan making their Queens Head debut. If the name sounds unfamiliar, some of the faces aren't so a bit of a treat there. Please do turn up early for this one as it promises to be a bit of a mini-festival to chase away the grey skies and perhaps even usher in a breath of Spring.
Long term members of the family of Gong, Dave Sturt and Andy Bole perform in tandem at The Queens Head,Belper.
No stranger to Belper audiences through his 'Past Lives' and Moon Bullet' collaborations, Dave returns to the Belper stage on the back of yet another tour with Gong and an intriguing new solo album 'Dreams and Absurdities. Andy is making his Belper debut although some of you may have been fortunate enough to catch him at last year's Exile Festival .
An accomplished guitarist and bouzouki player,Andy has played with artists as diverse as Daevid Allen's Glissando Guitar Orchestra, members of Fairport Convention, Elo and the Bushbury Mountain Daredevils. Like Dave,he is also much in demand for film and television music.
This promises to be an exciting collaboration of two of our most consistently innovative musicians. Musicianship and imagination should combine to make it a memorable night.
Tickets are on sale at the venue from Dec 30th or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global troubador Andy White returns to The Queens Head on December 1st. Belfast born and bred, Andy gained his wide audience in the late eighties via the Kershaw show with songs as diverse as 'Religious Persuasion' and 'Looking for James Joyce's Grave' displaying his gift for sharp political commentary and lyrical improvisation.
Now resident in Australia and with a worldwide audience including Canada where he collaborates with Stephen Fearing,another Queens Head favourite, Andy embarks on a rare and brief UK tour to perform his latest album 'Imaginary Lovers' as well as a remarkable back catalogue.
Supporting Andy for this gig will be Chesterfield's finest,Silk Road who have already endeared themselves to the Belper audience at October's We Shall Overcome Night.
Please don't forget ! Scottish harpist Esther Swift returns on Thursday Dec 8th.
A welcome return to one of the UK's finest blues bands. Fronted by the inimitable Arthur Billington and spearheaded by the driving and versatile lead playing of Paul Evans, the band's self-styled garage blues has delighted audiences for years.
As well as tackling blues standards, they also tackle classic blues themes of hard living, hard drinking and the kind of woman mean enough to consign your best boots to the twin tub. Timeless music and great stage presence.
Looking ahead, the build up to Christmas promises a range of music strong enough to banish most seasonal disorders.Andy White returns on Dec 1st, this time supported by an acoustic version of Chesterfield's finest,Silk Road. On Dec 8th Scottish harpist Esther Swift will be back and the line -up also features Robyn Johnson.
STEVE IGNORANT'S SLICE OF LIFE at THE QUEENS HEAD,BELPER. MARCH 25th. £10. Support from Dwane Reads and Chris Butler. Doors at 8.00pm.
Some tickets still available for surely the most diverse artist to grace the stage of The Queens Head as Steve Ignorant brings his Slice of Life line-up back to Belper. A co-founder of legendary anarcho-punk outfit Crass, Steve is also a published writer, wood sculptor and a fully qualified Punch and Judy man under the title of Professor Ignorant. In his spare time he is also a voluntary member of the Sea Palling lifeboat crew.
The problem of where to turn after the final curtain on a legendary band was easily solved. You simply form two bands and record and tour with both and Steve still performs with both Paranoid Visions and Slice of Life, the latter incidentally including one Carol Hodge,an intriguing performer in her own right as Queens Head audiences have already discovered.
Slice of LIfe is probably Steve Ignorant's most personal project to date combining song and spoken word to convey life experience and an insight into what still drives this extraordinary artist.
Support comes from performance poet Dwane Reads and our very own Mr Chris Butler.
Tickets are available from the venue or contact email@example.com. A full house is anticipated.
American artist David Rovics in personal appearance at The Queens Head, Belper. Support from Chris Butler. October 22nd. Admission £8. Doors at 8.00pm. Hate Austerity ? Love Music? The perfect night out.
With Bob's Nobel Prize firmly cementing the value of American song, another radical voice returns to The Queens Head. Following the path pioneered by the great Woody Guthrie,Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs, David has a song for all seasons and a place in the pantheon of great topical songwriters.
From his adopted home in Portland,Oregon to just about anywhere on the planet, David Rovics has written prolifically and toured relentlessly over the years with songs relating not only to today's news but also rooted in an alternative vision of American history from the early years of the republic to 20th C labour activism.
Uncompromising and hard-hitting, David Rovics'
songs tackle injustice and inequality with both
compassion and humour underpinning his righteous anger.
A unique and powerful voice which often sheds an original light on our troubled times.