The Crooked Billet

Music Nights

The way our music nights work is that you book a table in the restaurant & pay for whatever you eat & drink. There is no obligation to have a full 3 course meal, however guests are expected to eat. 100% of the music cover charge goes directly to the artist.

If our music nights aren’t your cup of tea we offer music free dining in the cosier first two smaller rooms of the pub (log fire rooms) & no music cover charge!

from Status Quo John Coghlan’s Quo

Wednesday, 27th of May 2015

John Coghlan's Quo

From the famous original 60's - 70's line up, playing all Quo's 70's classics, the legend that is John Coghlan.

John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster & Rick Parfitt to form Status Quo in the late 60s. A long string of hit albums, singles, successful worldwide tours & television appearance followed for the next 20 years. John played on all of Quo’s generally accepted greatest albums Piledriver, Hello!, Quo, On The Level, Blue For You & Classic Rock Award winning album “Status Quo Live!”. The many hits included Pictures of Matchstick Men; Paper Plane; Caroline; Down Down; Rain; Rockin' All over the World, & many more.
When John Coghlan left Status Quo in the latter months of 1981 - during rehearsals of new material for the band's 20th Anniversary album in Switzerland, after twenty years it was time for a break & a change.
Since leaving Quo John has worked with many noted & diverse musicians, mostly in his own Diesel Band. Other notable appearances include Partners In Crime & the short-lived ‘Rockers’ featuring Phil Lynott, Roy Wood & Chas Hodges. Other collaborations have included Noel Redding (ex-Jimi Hendrix) & Eric Bell (ex-Thin Lizzy).
During the late nineties John Coghlan’s Quo was formed & through various line-ups has enjoyed regular gigs all over the UK & Europe. The current band since 2010 (previously performing as The John Coghlan Band) consists of John on Drums with Baz Barry (Vocals/Guitar), Mick Hughes (Vocals/Guitar) & Pete Knight (Bass Guitar) from NWOBHM Boogie Band ‘Predatür’ completing the line-up.

It should be clear this is most definitely not a “tribute” act, the prime aim being to recreate an authentic “70’s Quo Sound” in keeping with John’s time with Quo.
In March 2013 things went full circle as John was reunited once more with the classic original line-up of Status Quo to play on the “Frantic Four” Reunion Tour. The tour was such a success that due to popular demand the original four members reunited for one final European tour in early 2014. Although this was the “Final” chance to see the original band, John will be continuing with John Coghlan’s Quo playing a mixture of the expected Quo standards in a Set List that will often include songs that have either not been performed by Quo for many years or even on occasion, not at all. However if you are expecting a lookalike “tribute” show you may need to look elsewhere, but should you enjoy a combination of long-lost classic album tracks with a mixture of Quo’s Greatest Hits & delivered with a 70’s vibe, then a John Coghlan’s Quo gig is simply a must.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 2nd of June 2015

Micky Moody & Papa George

Blues Guitarists

Needing absolutely no introduction, I’m delighted to welcome two of Britain’s finest purveyors of slide, blue grass, blues, acoustic & electric early rock ‘n’ roll guitar.

The acclaimed duo, who opened last year’s Henley Blues & Jazz Festival to rave reviews, return to the Crooked Billet for an evening of slide, bluegrass, blues, acoustic & electric early rock ‘n’ roll guitar.

Micky Moody was best known for his time with Whitesnake & also enjoyed hits with Juicy Lucy, Frankie Miller, Roger Chapman & Chris Farlowe. He recently appeared in the BBC television documentary “Great British Rock Guitarists” along with Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore & Tony Iommi.

Papa George has long been established as one of Britain’s finest blues vocalists & guitarists. He has recorded & toured with many respected artists including Gary Moore, Alexis Korner & Peter Green. Muddy Waters described Papa George as ‘spectacular’.

Considering Whitesnake perform large stadium concerts, it promises to be a special treat to enjoy these excellent musicians in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

The Gutter Brothers

Tuesday, 9th of June 2015

Gutter Brothers

The Gutter Brothers are an English skiffle and rock band which was active from 1985 until 1993. Since 2003 they have occasionally performed live together so we are delighted to host such a special concert at the Crooked Billet.

They formed in early 1985 after singer and washboard player Tony Green arrived in London from his native New Orleans and met Tea Chest Bass player Dennis Johnson performing on the street in Covent Garden with skiffle duo Slap and Tickle. Over the course of the following eighteen months there were several personnel changes but towards the end of 1987 the line up had stabilised with the addition of guitarists Chris Cawte and Steve Turner and drummer Jeff Walker.

Up to this point their repertoire had largely consisted of skiffle versions of blues and R'n'B standards. During the preceding year Dennis Johnson had started producing lyrics which the rest of the band had begun putting to music and so in early 1988 they wrote and recorded a self financed album entitled Isometric Boogie which they sold on the street and at an increasing number of self promoted gigs in and around London. The album was produced by old friend Jez Coad (who subsequently produced all the rest of the band’s released material) and went on to sell around 30,000 copies.

Whilst still in the process of recording the album they were spotted playing on the street and invited to play on the LWT series First Exposure alongside a then relatively unknown Steve Coogan. This led to them being asked to play live on MTV Europe, the first band to do so on the recently launched channel. Other TV appearances over the following year included ITV’s Night Network and Juke Box Jury hosted by Jools Holland.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Chris Jagger

Wednesday, 10th of June 2015

Chris Jagger & Charlie Hart

Rootsy bluesy acoustic foot stomper

Chris & his utterly delicious 3-piece rootsy, bluesy, rocking, acoustic band. There’s the classic Jagger vocals, sweet & sour harmonies, guitar, fiddle & double bass. Always one of the most popular evenings in our What’s On diary.

On Wednesday 10th June Chris will be joined by Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle & very special guest Charlie Hart (fiddle, accordion, keyboards, bass instruments, vocals). Inspired by blues, jazz & African music, Charlie has worked with Alexis Korner, Ian Dury, Ronnie Lane, Eric Clapton & Charlie Watts. He produced Orchestra Virunga & Diz & the Doormen, composed music for the Oscar-nominated animated film Triangle & appeared in the feature film Stormy Monday. Besides working with Chris & the band, Charlie is currently concentrating on producing roots & jazz artists in his own Equator Studios, London.

A rock & roll English Ceilidh band, makes you want to drink scrumpy & stomp. On a scale of 1 to 10 the Crooked Billet scores them 11. Chris has collaborated with an eclectic selection of artists including Al Stewart, Ian Dury, Cat Stevens & the Rolling Stones; indeed his brother provided vocals on Chris’s latest album “Concertina Jack”. Speak to Chris nicely & you might get a back stage pass for the next Rolling Stones gig.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Anita Harris

Monday, 15th of June 2015

Anita Harris

Legend of Stage & Screen

Anita Harris has had a breath taking career spanning over fifty years. She has been a film star, television star, graced the top of the pop charts, become a pantomime legend as Peter Pan, starred in Cats in the West End & featured in 7 Royal Command Performances. She has never stopped performing & has worked alongside legendary names in the world of entertainment such as Harry Secombe, Phil Silvers, Morecambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, magician David Nixon & Clive Dunn.

Performing with her pianist, an intimate evening of the songs that forged her incredible career, fascinating chat & stories from an amazing life of stage & screen.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Kaz Hawkins

Tuesday, 23rd of June 2015

Kaz Hawkins

Underground for years as a secret songwriter, Kaz Hawkins is one of the biggest performers to come out of Northern Ireland, locally called “A Vocal Force” on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer. Kaz is loved for her down to earth attitude; she brings fun to every performance & is adored not only by her fans but anyone who meets her. She has lived and sings “The Blues” but has much more to offer across different genres in her song writing with power ballads, rock roots and gospel. With support gigs under belt for Van Morrison, Nanci Griffiths, Chris Farlowe, Matt Andersen & special duets with Belfast’s Brian Kennedy & The Professor Pat McManus. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtin Ó Muilleoir said “Belfast is proud of your talent & we know you will go on to great things & support you in all you do”. Kaz Hawkins wants to bring back a time when people danced in the aisles and raised their hands in joy, revelling in the music. Recently awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award from  Blues & Soul Magazine & being a British Blues Award nominee in 2013 has brought much attention from the music industry in the UK for Kaz & her debut album is garnering fantastic reviews.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Tuesday, 30th of June 2015

Wild Willy French Connection

Ecstatically delighted to have Wild Willy Barrett back at the Crooked Billet.

A unique & unforgettable evening! Directed by God Father of grunge folk Wild Willy Barrett, this dynamic quartet returns to the UK in support of their new album 'Cat in a Circus,' as fabulous French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage.

Captivating audiences both English & French alike with her compelling & expressive vocals, she effortlessly tackles a wide range of styles. From Gypsy jazz to traditional Celtic, with hint of Bluegrass & Piaf thrown into the mix.

Innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo & uilleann pipes, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

The Gary Fletcher Band featuring Alan Glen

Monday, 6th of July 2015

The Blues Stars

A Supergroup Staring the CREAM of British Blues Musicians

Four of the UK’s most respected blues musicians play together: Alan Glen, Gary Fletcher, Tom Leary & Hughie Flint.

Gary Fletcher: Guitar, vocals. Previously recorded & toured with Peter Green & The Blues Band.

Alan Glen: harmonica. Previously recorded & toured with Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds, Gary Moore & Nine Below Zero.

Tom Leary: Lap steel slide guitar, violin. Previously recorded & toured with Feast of Fiddles.

Hughie Flint: Percussion. Previously recorded & toured with Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Ronnie Lane, The Blues Band & McGuinnes Flint. Famously recorded on the “Beano” album with Clapton.

This will obviously be a very special evening.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Herbie Flowers, Mike Hatchard & Paul Hart

Monday, 13th of July 2015

Herbie Flowers

Great Music, Jazz & Gentle Humour

An outstanding evening of music & jazz including stories & anecdotes from Herbie’s incredible career. Having recorded with EVERYBODY, from The Beatles (bass on “Long & Winding Road”) to Judy Garland. Writer of numerous hit records, movie scores, TV commercials & theme tunes. Legendary session musician. Collaborator on George Harrison’s final epic album. Original member of classical rock band Sky. Member of Elton John’s Band, original member of T-Rex & one of David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars. Ivor Novello award winner. Herbie recorded that wonderful sliding bass line on Lou Reeds “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”. He also wrote “Grandad”, Clive Dunn’s number 1 hit single.

Mike Hatchard, the acclaimed jazz pianist will accompany, with Paul Hart on violin. Paul performed in the original Sky line-up with Herbie before establishing himself as one of Britain’s top concerto composers; a musical virtuoso, performing at the Royal Albert Hall with John Williams amongst thousands of other notable concerts.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Mambo Jambo

Wednesday, 22nd of July 2015

Mambo Jambo

Wild Cuban Sizzling Salsa, 50’s Boogie Swing 

One of 2013 Billet music night revelations was MAMBO JAMBO – their first performance at the pub was incredibly well received, went down a storm, as did their repeat performance last summer. The all-time “must see” band. They set the dance floor ablaze at the Henley Festival. Stomping Cuban/Brazilian jazz, bossa & New Orleans boogie blues. Guaranteed to leave you grinning from ear to ear; good enough to make you want to book a holiday in Old Havana.

Weather permitting I’ll barbecue some Cuban/Brazilian barbecue specials – beer butt peri pepper chicken, lots of steaks, prawns big enough to ride.. If it’s a hot evening we’ll do music & al fresco dining outside. Bring a jumper for later; snuggle blankets & space heaters provided. This show is guaranteed to put rhythm in your bones, have you grinning like monkeys & leave your soul euphoric!

Full regular menu. £9 music cover charge.

British Jazz All Star Quartet

Monday, 27th of July 2015

Jazz All Stars

Staring Alan Barnes, Max Brittain, Thomas L'Etienne & Andy Crowdy.

An orgy of sax, clarinets, guitar & wardrobe string bass from Britain's finest.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

From Lindisfarne

Wednesday, 26th of August 2015

From Lindisfarne

Dave Hull-Denholm, Ian Thomson & Tom Leary

Half of legendary Geordie band Lindisfarne join for a very special unplugged show.

Lindisfarne’s singer-guitarist Dave Hull-Denholm, bass guitarist & vocalist Ian Thomson & fiddler Tom Leary perform Lindisfarne’s classic songs & lesser known Lindisfarne gems composed by the late great Alan Hull whose legacy of songs have stood the test of time. His music inspired a generation of songwriters from Elvis Costello to Noel Gallagher, & continues to influence young writers & musicians today. He has been described as Tyneside’s John Lennon.

His son-in-law, Dave Hull-Denholm, gained a unique insight into the music & mind of Alan while working with him in Lindisfarne (Dave took over much of the vocals in Lindisfarne in the post-Alan line-up). Dave & Ian’s stripped down arrangements of much loved Lindisfarne songs sound fantastic; classics such as “Lady Eleanor”, “Money Game”, “Winter Song”, “Day of the Jackal” & “Clear White Light”, along with lesser known Lindisfarne gems.

Ian & Dave performed to 7,000 Lindisfarne fans at Newcastle City Hall last Christmas along with founder member Ray Jackson & the rest of the band – catch them again this year rayjacksonslindisfarne.com. Alternatively, enjoy the magical songs in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet.

On a personal note – I can’t wait. I’m extremely chuffed to have secured this concert for the Crooked Billet.

"Alan Hull, the Geordie poet, songwriter and musician who led the band Lindisfarne to fame in the early Seventies, was essentially a humanist, whose wryly observant lyrics came from heartfelt concern for the under-privileged and the misunderstood" The Independent.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole

Tuesday, 13th of October 2015

Evan Christopher

Hot New Orleans Jazz Quartet...from NEW ORLEANS!

European Gypsy swing meets the music and rhythms of "le monde Creole" in this seductive and captivating project led by New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher. Renowned for his contemporary framing of early jazz masters such as Sidney Bechet, Jimmie Noone, and Barney Bigard, his quartet enlivens the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt as well as swing-era classics with the buoyant rhythms of New Orleans, Cuba, the Caribbean & even Brazil. Dazzling improvisations and colourful stories of the jazz greats he most admires are also hallmarks of Django a la Creole's presentations. Featuring Dave Kelbie, guitar, Mr Big, double bass & Don Vappie the renowned Creole guitar banjo player - a mother on both instruments & groovy like hell.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Nine Below Zero

Monday, 19th of October 2015

Nine Below Zero

Simply Brilliant. Bluesy.

Nine Below Zero’s founding members, Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham are going back to their blues roots to perform at the Crooked Billet for an intimate, acoustic concert as a duo.

This will be the first ‘old style’ blues shows the pair will perform in the 35 years they have been working together.

Covering songs by blues legends such as Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo & Leadbelly.  They will also play unplugged versions of well known Nine Below Zero material.

Dennis said “we will continue to play the bigger venues with the whole band, but Mark & I are looking forward to getting up close with audiences who, like us, are fans of the blues.  As well as playing the songs, it will also be nice to talk about the artists who inspired so many of the great British Blues Bands of the 1960s, who in turn went on to inspire us”.

The love of the blues began at an early age for both of them.  Two of Dennis’ uncles were big fans, & both had big collections of the blues albums.  It was listening to these records that encouraged NBZ’s frontman to first pick up the guitar.  While Mark had an uncle in the Merchant Navy, who used to bring him back harmonicas from his travels overseas.  The pair first met in the late 1970s, during punk, when Dennis decided to form a blues band & harmonica player Mark was recommended to him.  By an amazing coincidence, it turned out they were not only living on the same estate in South London, but also just 14 houses apart.

Nine Below Zero were formed & went on to have great success in the early 1980s.  Still performing & recording new material, Dennis & Mark decided now was the right time to go out & perform the music that had inspired them at an early age.

Dennis said “the rehearsals have been brilliant, some of the best ever.  We are looking forward to playing this music live.  To see Mark perform in this environment is truly a masterclass & it’s a little daunting for me, to be playing acoustic guitar.  No hiding behind the Marshall amp!"

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Corn Potato String Band

Monday, 26th of October 2015

Corn Potato String Band

The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised.

The Corn Potatos have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.

Catfish Keith

Monday, 2nd of November 2015

Catfish Keith

Foot-Stomping, Deep Delta Blues

Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter & bottleneck slide guitarist, Catfish established himself as the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues & American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2008, has twelve NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums & packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show.

Toured the globe to wide acclaim, headlined major music festivals & appeared with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal & many more. “One of the finest acoustic bluesmen in America. Every fan of acoustic blues should have all of his discs in their collection. This man is flat-out spectacular.”

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.

The Budapest Café Orchestra

Monday, 16th of November 2015

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The Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful & driving folk-based music from Eastern Europe inspired by the music of European gypsies. The richness & dynamism of Balkan music is on display here in all its untameable glory in a wide-ranging programme of impassioned Hungarian Czardas, tender Russian folk melodies, rollicking dances from Romania & Moldavia, bitter sweet Jewish laments, one or two electrifying compositions of the group’s own making plus a few surprises along the way… The music evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life & gypsy campfires – good enough to make you want to book a holiday along the Danube!

Comprising four fabulous players of violins, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika, the BCO boasts some of the country’s most revered international stars: Eddie Hession has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras & Chris Rea & is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain; Chris Garrick is one of Europe’s most celebrated jazz violinists & has performed with Dane Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy & Duffy. The band boasts one of Russia’s most valuable exports in the shape of Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of strummed strings & buff recording engineer besides. Veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon has been in the business of laying down low-notes for many many moons. He is an original founding band member of BCO & remains its back bone & grounding force.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Dave Pegg & Anthony John Clarke

Wednesday, 2nd of December 2015

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Mirth & Music

Featuring Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention, Anthony John Clarke, Irish stand up and song smith supremo.

Two legendary musicians and consummate entertainers unite for an evening of outstanding song and music, with plenty of humour.

Belfast born Anthony John is recognised as one of the top songwriters on the acoustic/ folk scene, 12 albums and 3 singles including the beautiful “Seven in Ireland” and “Irish Eyes”. Anthony John enjoys an enormous following in UK, Europe, Australasia and USA.

Legendary Fairport Convention multi-instrumentalist Dave Pegg joins Anthony John. The friends draw from a wealth of hits and much loved songs for an evening of exquisite, outstanding music and a lot of humour.

Full regular menu. £17 music cover charge.

Richard Digance Christmas Show

Thursday, 3rd of December 2015

Richard Digance

Winter Tales & Seasonal Song

Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen, Richard Digance has.

Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs. His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting.

Richard Digance is also a world-acclaimed poet, an author and an artist. His poetry is published around the world, from The University of British Columbia, Canadian syllabus for English; Fearndon Teaching Aids, Illinois, USA, The Oxford University Anthology of Poetry, The West Indies Schools syllabus and more recently in Australia and in Cape Town South Africa as part of English First Additional Language Grade 8 Reader.

He has survived all trends with his two and a half hour one-man show, his summer festival appearances in the UK, the United States, Canada and Dubai, his cruise work and television appearances. He is both an accomplished musician, rated by many as one of Britain's greatest acoustic guitarists, inspired by his good friend Ralph McTell, and an entertainer who many younger comedians, including Ross Noble, claim as one of their major influences. On his own ITV Saturday-night show Richard has played guitar with Queen's Brian May, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris deBurgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks.

However, Richard Digance does not rest on his immense reputation. In the last two years he has broadened his appeal, firstly by proving to be one of Britain’s most sought after cruise entertainers and secondly by returning to his musical roots through major music festival appearances.

Really looking forward to this one.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article