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!

Moscow Drug Club

Tuesday, 16th of February 2016

Moscow Drug Club

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.

THE EVA CASSIDY PROJECT

Monday, 22nd of February 2016

SARAH JANE BUCKLEY

Starring Sarah Jane Buckley & her Exquisite Musicians

Sarah Jane Buckley starred as Eva Cassidy in the West End show “Songbird” detailing Eva Cassidy’s life story. After huge critical acclaim, Sarah & the show toured Britain & Europe.
Eva’s music only came to prominence in this country following her untimely early death. Three No1 UK hits, eleven chart hits & three hit albums.
Sarah Jane Buckley is possibly best known for playing Kathy Bares in Channel 4’s hit soap “Hollyoaks” & for her appearances on the ITV show “Loose Women”. Sarah, also a regular West End theatre performer recently starred alongside Toyah Wilcox in the hilarious hit comedy “Hormonal Housewives”. An active ambassador for The Prince's Trust & occasional guest vocalist with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Monday 22nd February Sarah is accompanied by her exquisite band of musicians, including Crooked Billet favourite guitarist & musical director Tom Anderson.
Sarah is recognised as the world’s leading Eva Cassidy interpreter, whilst her voice is almost an exact likeness of the original, the performance is most certainly not a “tribute act” but a celebration of Eva Cassidy delivered with beguiling power & tenderness, every song performed with expert precision.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Somethin’ Else! featuring Nashville’s Bobby Cochran

Monday, 29th of February 2016

Bobby Cochran

Bobby Cochran, lead guitarist, singer, writer & producer, was influenced at an early age by his uncle Eddie Cochran *(Summertime Blues, My Way, Twenty Flight Rock, Something Else...). At 13 he set his aim on becoming a master guitarist & went on to play in many prominent groups including Steppenwold, Grateful Dead, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat, Weather Report & The Righteous Brothers. Guitar Player Magazine described Bobby as "exhilarating, one of the 12 best guitarists in the world, his playing glistens with spontaneity, brilliant".

Bobby has been compared to some of the greats - Jimi Hendrix, Danny Gatton, Duane Allman, Albert Lee & Eric Clapton. He is virtuoso in many styles of playing - rock 'n' roll, country, slide, rockabilly surf! & will perform all these styles at his Crooked Billet show.

Bobby will be accompanied by Brian Hodgson &d Mike Bell - both founder members of Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes. Astonishing talent in the intimacy of a small dining room.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 8th of March 2016

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.

St. Patricks Night Celebration

Wednesday, 16th of March 2016 - Thursday, 17th of March 2016

St. Patricks

With Top Irish Fiddle Band

Celebrating Saint Patrick, fine music and Irish fare with the exceptional Irish Band ‘Poteen’. Fiddle, bodhran, pipes, whistles, strings, and Irish harp.  Guaranteed to get toes tapping with their infectious jigs and reels playing traditional Irish folk music, up tempo Guinness drinking stuff and of course, all those great bar room classics – Whisky in the jar, Malt and Whisky Ray, Irish Rover, etc. I’ll cook up a few Irish specials, plenty of Galway Oysters, Soda Bread and Richard Corrigan’s fabulous Irish stew recipe (I’m sure the Irish just nicked Lancashire Hot Pot!) Dublin Lawyer, Champ, Drisheen, Boxty Pancakes, Pork Gubeens and Dublin Bay Prawns. There’s a Guinness stout promotion – an absolute corker of an evening.

Full regular menu with lots of Irish specials.

Wednesday 16th – Special night before Paddy’s discount £15 music cover charge.

Thursday 17th £20 music cover charge.

The Budapest Café Orchestra

Wednesday, 30th of March 2016

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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.

The Dime Notes

Tuesday, 5th of April 2016

Dime Notes

The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues & forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton & Red Nichols.

Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, an established figure on the European jazz stage & American pianist/composer/musicologist & Jelly Roll Morton specialist Andrew Oliver, a recent arrival to the UK, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of the UK’s finest rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie, accompanist in Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus & many more. The bass chair is occupied by London bassist Tom Wheatley, well known across the international scene for his swing & versatility & in demand across many genre boundaries with his huge sound & stylistic versatility.

The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasizing the propulsive grooves & sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, & wildly popular.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe

Wednesday, 13th of April 2016

John Ethridge & Vimala Rowe Aug 2015 by Jill Furmanovsky

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.

Legendary guitarist John Etheridge has had substantial relationships during his 45 year career with some of the most famous names of 20th century music including Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin & enjoyed enormous notoriety with legendary jazz-fusion band Soft Machine. He’s had numerous television appearances, recordings, festivals & tours – treating the world to the very finest gypsy jazz & hot club swing. On 13th April he joins forces with sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe, who has been gaining plaudits wherever she goes. She featured recently in Paco Pena’s Flamencura at Sadlers Wells: an indication of the breadth of her talent .

Together John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe weave a magical spell, effortlessly travelling musically from India to Africa, Middle East & the USA. There will also be solos from John, taken from his celebrated show that he has performed for 10 years all over Europe. This is an unique pairing that satisfies on so many levels. Not to be missed.

“I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” Sting (The Guardian, 1991).
"John Etheridge demonstrates awesome authority every time he touches the guitar" John Fordham (the Guardian).
"Immensely soulful, powerful performance" London Jazz News.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Otway & Barrett

Monday, 18th of April 2016

Otway & Barrett

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Nine Below Zero

Wednesday, 27th of April 2016

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.

The Gary Fletcher Band featuring Alan Glen

Wednesday, 4th of May 2016

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.

Squeeze’s Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook

Thursday, 19th of May 2016

Squeeze's Chris & Glenn

Following on from their highly acclaimed & successful UK Tour, their first in almost 20 years.  Glenn and Chris have decided to take their duo acoustic show to some festivals across the country this summer. The Crooked Billet is excited to announce that they have secured a special warm up performance For the first time in almost 20 years, Squeeze’s Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook will be heading out on the road as a duo on a tour that will see them present their songs & story in a unique way.

Chris Difford’s lyrics & Glenn Tilbrook’s music have prevailed through turbulent times over the past four decades, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles & an acrimonious break-up. On Thursday 19th May Glenn & Chris will be reflecting on their careers, as part of Squeeze & as solo artists, sharing not only the music but also giving an insight in to what makes the two of them tick as a partnership.

In addition to performing a selection of hits, including ‘Up The Junction’ & ‘Cool For Cats’, Chris & Glenn will be dusting down some previously unrecorded songs that were written together back in the band’s infancy but never recorded, “there are a few corkers in there”, as well as playing tracks from their solo careers. The duo has also been working on new Squeeze material – set for release in 2015 - which will no doubt creep into the set list.

Since reforming in 2007, Squeeze have become a favourite on the festival circuit with appearances at V, Oxegen, T in the Park, Latitude and, to great acclaim, the seminal US Festival Coachella. In 2010 Squeeze’s contribution to music was noted with the site of their first gig being awarded a prestigious PRS For Music Heritage Plaque. It joined an ever-increasing list of Squeeze accolades alongside their Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to British Music & their Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award, as well as the Mojo Magazine Icon Award.

Difford’s ying to Tilbrook’s yang, Glenn’s chalk to Chris’s cheese, in the spotlight & under the microscope like never before as these two talents of the music industry come together to present a very special & unique two man show. We can’t wait.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

The Jar Family

Monday, 23rd of May 2016

The Jar Family

Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent.

Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger collectively than they were individually.

Styled ‘Industrial Folk’ – these musicians from the North East are stunning. Specially invited back to Blues on the Farm 2015 after storming the festival in 2014 - festival organiser JM tipped them as ones to watch “a superb band..... One looks like a 60s Dylan, whilst another is an archetypical stevedore type with waistcoat, bowler and tattoos and looks like he spits rivets into ship plates for a living. Together they make a great sound “ These very different, charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles work together harmoniously, sharing lead vocals and their clever, highly musical, selfpenned songs immediately stay in your mind. Echoes of Beatles, Oasis with originality, edge, grit and truth. You might just recognise the excellent Keith Wilkinson (ex Squeeze, Jools Holland) on bass.

 

To pursue their ambitious vision some tough early decisions had to be made. With few musical opportunities and even less resources at their disposal in their native North East the band temporarily moved away from their families in Hartlepool and relocated to a deserted farm in the remote Cambridgeshire countryside. There they built themselves a basic rehearsal studio and living in a ramshackle collection of old caravans for over a year they started to develop and refine what was to become the Jar Family sound.

A relentless touring schedule, which has seen the band appearing as special guests to a number of established artists such as Jake Bugg, Babyshambles, Alabama 3 and others has brought their raucous and engaging shows to all corners of the country. Picking up an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of this live activity the band has now established a major fan base of fanatical supporters throughout the UK.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

PETER HOWARTH

Tuesday, 31st of May 2016

Peter Howarth

Vocalist with Iconic Band The Hollies

A very special evening with The Hollies vocalist Peter Howarth in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet. Peter, his guitar, all The Hollies its, peppered with other favourite songs from an incredible career.

Although Peter is lead vocalist with The Hollies, he has also worked with The Who on 'Quadrophenia’, 10cc & spent two decades singing, touring & recording with the legendary Sir Cliff Richard.

Peter has also had a successful career in the West End - playing guitar in ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, writing & starring in the musical ‘Robin Prince of Sherwood’ & playing Roy Orbison in the ‘Roy Orbison Story’ & ‘Four Steps to Heaven.’

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Wednesday, 8th of June 2016

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.

Richard Digance

Monday, 13th of June 2016

Richard Digance

Legendary Guitarist & Singer Songwriter

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.

Dean Friedman

Tuesday, 21st of June 2016 - Wednesday, 22nd of June 2016

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. £25 music cover charge.

Kaz Hawkins

Monday, 27th of June 2016

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.

Pete Lincoln

Monday, 18th of July 2016 - Tuesday, 19th of July 2016

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. £15 music cover charge.

Dave Pegg & Anthony John Clarke

Wednesday, 23rd of November 2016

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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. £20 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article