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!

Dean Friedman

Tuesday, 2nd of May 2017 - Wednesday, 3rd of May 2017

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.

Robin Nolan Trio

Tuesday, 16th of May 2017

Robin Nolan

Gypsy jazz from the Netherlands     

Robin Nolan, while being considered one of the world’s leading gypsy jazz guitarists in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, has also set himself apart by creating his own unique style.

Simply put, The Robin Nolan Trio are one the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years. Robin has been lauded for his musical genius and sensibilities by the late Beatle George Harrison, Willie Nelson and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe. Recent highlights include a sell out show for Jazz FM at London's Royal Albert Hall, a standing ovation from a packed out Lincoln Centre audience in New York and a record deal with the Harrison family label HOT records.

After mesmerising UK audiences in 2015 and 2016 with stunning musicianship Amsterdam based Robin and his trio are set to return – if you missed it last time – make sure you don’t in 2017!

The trio features top Dutch double bassist Arnoud Van Den Berg and UK guitar virtuoso Chris Quinn on Rhythm, one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business. Expect some of the finest, hottest guitar playing you'll ever hear.

George Harrison - “In these days of Cacophony it’s great to hear some proper music!”

Bill Wyman - "Robin Nolan is so amazingly good!"

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Chris Jagger with special guests Kit Morgan & Ellie Mackrell

Wednesday, 24th of May 2017

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.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Wednesday, 31st of May 2017

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.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Wednesday, 7th of June 2017

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

A unique & unforgettable evening!

Our large end dining room has been transformed into a little theatre, lines numbered theatre seats, an aisle, a little stage & complimentary choc ices in the interval.

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection will perform in the theatre. Curtain circa 9pm.

Arrive first for dinner - served in our brand new marquee, full Crooked Billet menu is offered. Enjoy pre theatre dinner to the highly entertaining Average Wife Band, in their own words "nine ordinary women making extra ordinary music, or was that extraordinary women making... you get the picture. Vintage jazz & blues classics from 1940's- 70's and other classy stuff performed  with energy and enthusiasm.

Wild Willy French Connection

You won’t find another band like Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection. From a Parisian café via a Dublin Hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo.

Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam. Django Reinhardt & The Pogues. Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf. Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli. Tom Waits joins in. This is French Connection.

At the ensemble’s heart are the undisputed talents of multi-instrumentalist, Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett. The quartet perform on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo & uillean pipes with a large dose of dry wit.

Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of humour, very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

GYPSY LOVER

Tuesday, 13th of June 2017

Faith Branko Quartet

At the time of penning these paragraphs GYPSY LOVER is number 11 in the world music charts. I am so lucky with the incredibly talented artists that perform at the Crooked Billet. Faith & Branko Ristic, husband & wife are the nucleus of the quartet. Branko being Serbia's No 1 Roma violinist, a self taught gypsy musician who's style draws from Jazz, Indian, Turkish & Classical music with his Roma traditions. Faith Ristic - a UK performer who's "nimble accordion playing provides a beautiful bedrock". The duo first met in the Serbian Roma village of Grabovica, their musical talents became their way out of the extreme health, social & economic problems living in Serbia. With international touring & recording Branko & Faith now enjoy enormous acclaim. (Harry Potter composer Nicholas Hooper produced their current hit album Gypsy Lover) Expect a high energy live performance packed with joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery & spirited gypsy violin, punctuated with melancholy slower compositions, revealing at times a glimpse of the painful darkness Branko & Faith experienced in Serbia. Double Bass & Guitar accompaniment. " Moving, breathe-taking & virtuosic." BBC RADIO 3. "Quite remarkable musicians" STEPHEN FRY BBC WORLD SERVICE. "Totally Amazing" LILY ALLEN "Branko is set to become one of the leading Roma violinists of the century" FROOTS UK. "Great musicians with a fascinating stage presence" ALEX JAMES, BLUR. I'm sure we're in for a real hair raising, goose bump provoking night with these exceptional musicians

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

PETE BROWN & THE NEWGRASS CUTTERS

Wednesday, 21st of June 2017

Newgrass Cutters

Blue Grass Banjo Covers

Oh! This is glorious. Pete Brown, an old friend of the Crooked Billet, has created this WONDERFUL band. Have you grinning like monkeys! Banjo, lap steel, mandolin, bass & percussion – Yee-haw-hill-billie-blue-grass of all your favourite covers, “Message in a Bottle”, “Born to be Wild”, “(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real”, “Moves Like Jagger” etc. All the musicians are from Pete’s Dad’s band, Joe Brown & The Bruvvers.

Pete Brown plays guitar, mandolin, voice, lap steel & the fool. As well as Joe & Sam Brown, Pete’s played with Deep Purple, George Harrison, Dave Gilmour amongst loads more. Phil Capaldi, percussion & voice; a truly legendary musician having worked with Jim Capaldi (Traffic, Eagles), Dave Edwards, Don Gibson & the Flying Burrito Brothers. Richie Collins, banjo, voice & cucumber cool; he’s a Nashville recording artist & according to Joe Brown, probably the best banjo picker in the world. Mike Nichols, upright double bass & voice, a Bruvver, Toya Wilcox’s bass man, catch him in black tie with the Royal Philharmonic.

 And remember! Blue grass music is better than it sounds.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Ding Dong Daddios

Tuesday, 27th of June 2017

Ding Dong Daddios

Have you grinning like monkeys!


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 really warm evening we'll host this music evening in the Secret Garden; candle lit al fresco dining. Magical.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 4th of July 2017

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.

Richard Digance

Monday, 6th of November 2017

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.

Nine Below Zero

Wednesday, 29th of November 2017

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.

Pete Lincoln

Sunday, 10th of December 2017 - Monday, 11th of December 2017

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.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article