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, after Philip Hammond has had his thieving hands on 20% of the artists wages.

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!

PIXIE & THE GYPSIES

Wednesday, 27th of March 2019

Pixie and The Gypsies perform music from their chart-topping debut album 'Honey Trap', alongside a selection of covers from the worlds of pop and jazz.

"Was enchanted tonight by the special magic of Pixie and The Gypsies… swing, melodic pop, memorable originals" - Paul Pace

2018 has been a busy year following the release of their number 1 debut album in August, with the band playing sold-out shows at venues such as The Spice Of Life and Pizza Express Jazz Club, and Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s.
They’ve also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival ,Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, and 8 gigs at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival this year.

"Pixie and The Gypsies are an ethereally beautiful new face on the scene" - London Jazz News

Pixie and The Gypsies features founding member Taylor Notcutt on vocals and accordion, Connie Chatwin on violin and backing vocals, Twm Dylan on double bass and Matt Wilson on guitar, and when requested guest drummer Ed Harley.

"With Taylor’s breathtakingly sultry, honeyed vocals bolstered by guitar, accordion, violin, double bass and sweet backing vocals, ‘Honey Trap’ is a real treat" - Elisa Bray

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

The Budapest Café Orchestra

Tuesday, 2nd of April 2019

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.

Gavin Povey

Wednesday, 10th of April 2019

World Class Boogie Pianist, Shakin' Stevens' Ivory Tickleler

I am Delighted to welcome Gavin Povey to the Crooked Billet. He’s played with everyone from Van Morrison to Finbar, from Steve Cropper to Shakin’ Stevens. In Shakin Stevens band, Gavin & fellow musicians were the biggest selling singles group of the 1980's - more than ABBA, Queen, Police more than any other UK artist. Piano players don’t come much more rock’n’roll than GAVIN POVEY. Gavin plays an eclectic style of Rythmn & Blues, including Boogie-Woogie, Swing, Stride, Funk and Rock & Roll. Mixed in with this elixir are hints of Jazz, Country and Blues. Gavin began learning to play the piano at the age of 5 and discovered Rhythm and Blues at the age of 13 when he heard Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson perform Boogie Woogie Man, A lifetime of touring and recording followed. Gavin has recently toured with Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes. He has also toured, performed and recorded with such artists as Dave Edmunds, Kirsty MacColl and Van Morrison

Gavin's bringing his fabulously-named New Orleans friends The Fabulous Oke-She-Moke-She-Pops to the Crooked Billet. Simon Farrell:Double Bass & Shane Atlas: Drums

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Nine Below Zero

Tuesday, 16th of April 2019

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!"

 

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Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Tuesday, 23rd of April 2019

Purdy Album Cover

"A smouldering English rose, Britain’s Norah Jones" The Independent

“So slinky, it shouldn’t be allowed” - Craig Charles BBC 6 Music

Formerley known as Rebecca Poole, this outstanding singer oozes charisma, which combined with her sultry style & sure-footed vocal delivery makes for a masterful evening. Undeniably jazz, but utterly accessible with pop overtones. Think Nancy Sinatra, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Amy Winehouse & add the faintest hint of Sade. Her vocal prowess is stunning & her live performances demonstrate a strong connection with any audience lucky enough to see her live. She has impressed at a number of major events including a 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, International Formula 1, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Guests, The London Lifestyle Awards & the Henley Festival. Perhaps you caught her recent performance on “Later…” with Jools Holland. Rebecca recently played the Royal Albert Hall with Jools & has just finished supporting him on tour. Her music is a mix of originals with some covers, with double bass & guitar accompaniment. Purdy sings on the lower clef, delicious on the ear, dreamy & seductive. We can’t wait to welcome her back to the Crooked Billet.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

JOHN OTWAY

Wednesday, 1st of May 2019

John Otway

John Otway was a dustbin man & aspiring pop star in Aylesbury Vale. On 18th October 1977 his life changed after a live appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Otway miscalculated a leap over the guitar amplifier, toppled the speakers and crushed his testicles on live TV. The following week his single ‘Cor Baby That’s Really Free’ hit the charts, appeared on ‘Top Of the Pops’ & gave up the bin round. He’s played Glastonbury Festival 21 times, headlined Reading Rock Festival along with hundreds of festivals around the world. Starred in numerous TV shows, published two books. His bafta nominated movie “Rock ‘n’ Rolls Greatest Failure” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Otway enjoys a massive cult following. He sold out the Royal Albert Hall, clocked nearly 5000 live performances over 40 years. Preformed one of the last ever ‘Top of the Pops’ with his 2002 top ten hit single Bunsen Burner. For the uninitiated, it’s legendary live performance, as much comedy as music – beautiful Ballard’s, daft songs, extremely entertaining. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this national treasure within the intimacy of the Crooked Billet dining room.

 

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Chris Jagger with special guests Dave Hatfield & Ellie Mackrell

Tuesday, 7th of May 2019

Chris Jagger

Rootsy Bluesy Acoustic Foot Stomper
Chris & his utterly delicious 3-piece rootsy, bluesy, rocking, acoustic band. Classic Jagger vocals, sweet & sour harmonies, guitar, fiddle & double bass. Always one of our most popular music evenings.
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. £15 music cover charge.

Dean Friedman

Monday, 13th of May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th of May 2019

Dean Friedman

Legendary American Hit Maker

Grammy award-winning American singer songwriter, who’s number 1 British singles include ‘Ariel’, ‘Woman of Mine’. ‘Lucky Stars’ & ‘Lydia’. Unreal for an artist of this calibre – James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Denver, Don McLean & Art Garfunkel, to fly across the Atlantic & entertain 40 people in a sleepy Oxfordshire country pub. Deano makes his annual pilgrimage to Stoke Row because he likes the pub!

Enjoy Dean’s solo show & all the hits in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet.

Full regular menu. £27.50 music cover charge.

JOHN ETHERIDGE SWEET CHORUS

Monday, 20th of May 2019

john etheridge

Astonishing World Class Jazz Guitarist

Delighted to welcome back this astonishing jazz guitarist & much loved musician, always one of the most popular artists in our What’s On listings.

Etheridge enjoyed enormous notoriety with legendary jazz-fusion band The Soft Machine. He has recorded & toured with Birelli Lagreme, Nigel Kennedy, Andy Summers & John Williams (you might have seen John Etheridge & John Williams playing together at Henley Festival). John Etheridge was also associated with Stéphane Grappelli for many, many years. He’s had numerous television appearances, recordings, festivals & tours – treating the world to the very finest gypsy jazz & hot club swing.

On Monday 20th May John will be joined by Crooked Billet favourites Chris Garrick, guitar, Andy Crowdy, double bass & Dave Kelbie, rhythm guitar. This will be a magical evening – a rare treat o find such musicians in the intimacy of such a tiny venue.

“I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” Sting (The Guardian, 1991).

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Moscow Drug Club

Monday, 27th of May 2019

Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink & stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes.

Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

With…

Katya Gorrie - Chanteuse & purveyor of sinister lyrical adventures

Denny Ilett - Rhythmic & solo guitar administrations

Mirek Salmon - Accordionistic chordal & melodic offerings

Andy Crowdy - Providing eccentric bass-end rhapsodies

Ben Cummings - complimentary trumpet obligato's

You are cordially invited to share a wry smile as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Wednesday, 5th of June 2019

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’.

 

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

Pete Lincoln

Monday, 10th of June 2019 - Tuesday, 11th of June 2019

Pete Lincoln

Covers from the human jukebox                

Delighted to welcome Mr Lincoln back to the Crooked Billet (since Pete joined seventies glam rockers Sweet, he’s been very busy). One of Britain’s finest ‘recording session’ musicians and in-demand live performers – currently touring with Sweet, Pete also tours with Sailor and Cliff Richard. Pete will play anything you request, he’ll take you on a trip through modern popular music – Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Oasis, Simon & Garfunkel. His Steely Dan cover ‘Reelin in the Years’ is legendary, his ‘Hey Jude’ an absolute belter, his version of ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’ has you in stitches. A fabulous feel-good evening.

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

Ding Dong Daddios

Wednesday, 19th of June 2019

Ding Dong Daddios

A Midsummer Ding Dong. Have you grinning like monkeys!


We’ve hosted this fabulous feel good summer party for many years; always been lucky with the weather & Ding-Donged outside. Beautiful band. Happy days. The Ding Dong Daddios bring you the most toe-tapping tunes from the heydays of the 40’s & 50’s. Take a Choochoo Ch’boogie Runaway Train with Five Guys Named Mo all the way to Mac the Knife, passing through Istanbul (not Constantinople) on the way. Their rendition of “Top Cat” is legendary. This jumpin’ & jivin’ 5-piece swing band jive suitably suited & booted 1940’s style. Double bass, guitar, percussion & trombone. Up-tempo & highly entertaining. They’re brilliant. Bring a jumper – if it’s a nice evening we’ll host this evening in the Secret Garden; candle lit al fresco dining. Magical

 

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

TOM LEARY & FRIENDS

Tuesday, 25th of June 2019

Tom Leary, Ric Sanders, Hughie Flint & Vo Fletcher

Tom Leary: Violin. Previously recorded and toured with Lindisfarne & Feast of Fiddles. A humorous and interesting man, there is not much that Tom has not seen or done within the music world. Tom is a beautifully tender player with a great gift for writing melodic tunes. Famous within the band for his laugh amongst other things, his mirth is highly infectious.Ric Saunders: Guitar. Ric has been with the British institution Fairport Convention, touring the world and contributing many instrumental compositions and arrangements that have become fixtures in their repertoire. Hughie Flint: Drummer. Hughie has played with Eric Claptons band & John Mayalls Band. After his split with Mayall in 1969, Flint joined Manfred Mann guitarist/singer Tom McGuinness in co-founding McGuinness Flint, which scored a pair of Top Ten U.K. hits with "When I'm Dead and Gone" and "Malt and Barley Blues. Vo Fletcher: vocals. Vo has worked both in the studio and live with artists as diverse as (Nigel) Kennedy, John Etheridge, Andrew Cronshaw, Rik Mayall, Fred T. Baker, and David Lowe. He brings an enormous wealth of musical styles and improvisational skills to the group. This will obviously be a very special evening!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

ANDY CROWDY’S JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

Monday, 15th of July 2019

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED 

We don’t go in for ‘tribute bands at the pub. The Crooked Billet is blessed with a rosta of incredible musicians, world acclaimed artists who express themselves through their own creativity, instrumental brilliance & song writing skills. With chefs if we cook what’s in our heart we produce something honest & delicious. If head office writes the menu, dinner looses a bit of its love & passion.

I keep “What’s on” eclectic: Hindustani classical slide guitar to sultry soul singer Rebecca Poole. Jewish Klezmer to knarled punk rocker Wild Willy Barrett (Did you know Willy turned down guitarring with The Rolling Stones after Brian Jones passed? From Celtic folk to Rock n Roll.

However! Tonight three of Britain’s finest Jazz musicians tackle the genius of Jimi Hendrix. The Same musicians astonished our audiences with their Led Zeppelin project, celebrating the compositions of Robert Plant & Jimmy Page. Even Jimmy’s mum gave them a standing ovation before her passing.

Monday 15th isn’t a tribute band. As Jimi Hendrix said “I feel guilty when people say I’m the greatest guitarist on the scene. What’s good or bad doesn’t matter to me: what does matter is feeling & not feeling. If only people would take more of a true view & think in terms of feelings. Your name doesn’t mean a damn. It’s your talent & feeling that matter. You’ve got to know more than just technical notes; you’ve got to know sounds & what goes between notes”

Listen what happens when 3 jazz suprimos plug in and rock out with Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary, Hey Joe, All Along The Watchtower, Crosstown Traffic, Red House, Foxy Lady & more.
Denny Ilett- Jimi Hendrix. Noel Redding- Andy Crowdy. Mitch Mitchel- Sam Wilkinson

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Henley Jazz Workshop Sextet

Tuesday, 30th of July 2019

Featuring Karen Sharp(sax), Thomas l'Etienne(sax and clarinet), Jonny Bruce(trumpet), Denny Ilett Jnr(guitar), Pete Billington(piano) and Andy Crowdy(bass), six of the top musicians on the European jazz scene, coming together to play jazz, swing and latin. Top-drawer quality music and a good few laughs along the way!

After graduating in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Karen Sharp's career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton's band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years. A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions.
Thomas l‘Etienne was born in Hamburg into a family of Russian, French and German origin. While his clarinet style shows the influence of the great Creole masters Barney Bigard, Albert Nicholas and Jimmie Noone, his saxophone playing is influenced by Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, Gene Ammons and “Lockjaw“ Davies. As well as playing in concerts and festivals all over Europe, Thomas spends much of his time in Brazil, where he indulges his love of the traditional choro music.
Jonny Bruce is a freelance trumpet player based in Bristol, working as both a soloist and a lead player in a variety of musical contexts, receiving much critical acclaim for his fiery trumpet work. Trained classically by Paul Mayes and Andy Everton, and receiving further tuition in jazz from Steve Waterman, his command over the instrument has made him a very versatile and busy musician. Regular music night patrons will know Jonny to be a member of the Billet favourites, Moscow Drug Club.
Denny Ilett Jnr travels the world performing a mix of classic jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul and R&B. He works as regular guitarist for saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and Charles Hazelwood (BBC concert orchestra). You may have been lucky enough to catch him before at the Billet with Lillian Boutte, or the legendary Jimi Hendrix or Led Zep tributes!
Pete Billington began his musical education learning the piano and viola, later teaching himself to play guitar and double bass. He has played and recorded with many of the UK’s top artists, including Alan Barnes, Jamie Cullum, Peter King, Tina May, Jim Mullen, Mark Nightingale, Clark Tracey, Don Weller, Bobby Wellins and Kenny Wheeler, and in recent years Pete has toured the US, Asia and Europe with veteran rock vocalist Colin Blunstone, and backed a wide range of artists including Rick Astley, Paul Young, Alison Moyet, Michael Ball and Martin Fry's ABC.

For anyone who might not have been to one of our music nights before, Andy Crowdy practically lives here! Another globe-trotting muso, he is never happier than when playing at the Billet with Moscow Drug Club, or John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus, or the Led Zep project, or Gary Potter, or Alan Barnes, or Art Themen, or…….you get the idea!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Mambo Jambo

Monday, 5th of August 2019

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. They've played every summer since. 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. £15 music cover charge.

TILDON KRAUTZ TRIO

Monday, 19th of August 2019

Highly original acoustic music from New York City, based in Southwest France

Similar in style and presentation to Tim O'Brien, Devon Sproule, Nora Jones, Avett Brothers. Story telling songs, musicianship and sublime wackiness combine to make something grabbily familiar and unique. A dynamic show with guaranteed laughter.

Gregg Weiss (Co-songwriter, guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocal) NYC songwriter and longtime sideman widely travelled.

Gabi Swiatkowska (Co-Songwriter, upright bass, vocal) is also an award winning Author/Illustrator. Published worldwide in many languages.

Barry Nisbet A Shetland Fiddling Songwriter who doubles as a Tall Ships Captain and sings a hearty tune.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

MOISHE’S BAGEL

Monday, 9th of September 2019

Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer, roots and folk music from some of Scotland's finest musicians. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe's Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Camille O'Sullivan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Eliza Carthy, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), they are equally at home jamming in a late night jazz den, grooving at a forest folk festival, or enthralling an upmarket concert hall.

In the 15 years they have been together, pianist Phil Alexander, violinist Greg Lawson, accordion player Pete Garnett, bass player Mario Caribe and percussionist Guy Nicolson have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.

The result is a thrilling and
evocative sound that can truly
transport a listener. Each Bagels
concert is a journey filled with
joy, excitement and raw
emotion that leaves
every audience member with
a feeling that they have witnessed
something magical and truly
greater than the sum of its parts.

Moishe’s Bagel’s sound is hard to categorise in the best possible way! Each member brings unique sensibilities to the group.
A driving klezmer groove from Phil, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings from Pete, classical virtuosity and power from Greg, inspired Latin jazz flavours from Mario…all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that
includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka from Guy.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

CLEARWATER CREEDANCE REVIVAL

Wednesday, 18th of September 2019

It was John Fogerty’s rough and inimitable voice, as well as the delivery of fantastic melodies that caused Creedence Clearwater Revival to instantly become the prominent American single band from the late 60’s and early 70’s. The by CCR on single recorded versions of Dale Hawking’s “Suzy Q” and ‘Screaming’ Jay Hawking’s “I put a Spell on You” were the first big hits of CCR. When their second album “Bayou Country” was released CCR became suddenly the most popular rockband in America.

With the appearance of a single with golden hits on both sides, “Proud Mary” en “Born on the Bayou”, CCR dominated for over 2 years the radio Top 40 without causing disappointments towards the anticommercial rockpublic. CCR’s rough rocksongs often had political and cultural content, this was the reason that the quartet appeared on the Woodstock festival in 1969.

CCR had 7 big hits in 1969 and 1970: “Bad Moon Rising”, “Green River”, “Fortunate Son”, “Down on the Corner”, “Travelin Band”, “Up around the Band” and “Lookin out my Backdoor”.

CCR broke up in 1972. In 1995 two former members of CCR, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, started a tour under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Former frontman John Fogerty toured once in a while but mainly occupied himself as a studiomusician.

Then in the winter of 1998 Clearwater Creedence Revival was established. The original name was Creedence Clearwater Revived. The band was formed by Peter Barton and Geoff Hammond. In 2018 the band will celebrated its 20th anniversary, while in that same year it is exactly 50 years ago that CCR was established.

The band currently consists of Peter Barton, 15 years singer of The Animals, Geoff Hammond, ex Danny Laine Band (Paul McCartney’s Wings & Moody Blues), Graham Pollock, ex The Hollies (Eric Haydock’s) and Alan Sagar, ex Slack Alice.
The show includes all CCR classics as Have you ever Seen the Rain, Lordi, Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Run Thru the Jungle, Suzi Q and many more in a fabulous one and a half hour during performance.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

Aurora Chanson Trio – Parisian Songbird

Wednesday, 20th of November 2019

Aurora Chanson

Smoochy Sexy Seductive Parisian Jazz

Take a lovers stroll through Paris, from the cobbled streets of Montmartre to the Parisian cafés along the Seine, old fashioned charm & elegance. Beautiful Aurora & her French jazz quartet. Extensive repertoire of famous French songs from Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) to La Mer (Beyond the Sea). Imagine a Notre Dame back street café where Stéphane Grappelli, Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel & Django Reinhardt share a glass & share their music. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Beaujolais Nouveau.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Dave Pegg & Anthony John Clarke

Wednesday, 27th of November 2019

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.

A real treat to enjoy such legendary artists within the intimacy of the Crooked Billet, in comparison to enjoying Peggy & AJ at Cropedy festival performing to 25,000 fans. They perform at the Billet because they like the pub (not to mention copious quantities of red wine after their show)

Truly astonishing musicians, delivering songs that make your spine tingle. You can feel their friendship, as much funny humour, laughs & and smiles as belting songs

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article