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!

ROGER WINSLET’S WALKING SHOES QUARTET

Wednesday, 6th of August 2014

Roger Winslet

Jazz. Homage to Chet Baker.

This "Walking Shoes" project is a celebration of the trumpet and vocal of the great Chet Baker. The line-up consists of Stuart Henderson, whose fluent and melodic playing has been in demand for a long time now - (credits include US star Michael Feinstein, as well as all of the UK jazz greats); Adrian Sharon, just back from a cruise, plays with a smooth touch reminiscent of his uncle, Ralph Sharon (who was Tony Bennett’s pianist for 40 years!); Andy Crowdy - well, what can we tell you about him? He's been there, done that, and is up there with the best. Roger Winslet’s effortless vocal fits the project snug as a glove; his love & respect for Baker is passionately apparent. Roger is a character, wonderful, entertaining, warm, enigmatic, an Arthur Daily. I would happily pay the music cover charge just to sit in a room and soak up his loveliness. Roger has fronted various bands over the years – from jazz to rock ‘n roll, rumoured he would join the Blockheads after the sad and untimely death of Ian Dury. Also an actor (and Kate’s dad) springing up in the most unlikely TV roles.

Full regular menu. £9 music cover charge.

PETE BROWN & THE NEWGRASS CUTTERS

Wednesday, 13th of August 2014

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.

The Alan Hull Songbook

Wednesday, 20th of August 2014

Alan Hull Songbook

Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne’s singer-guitarist Dave Hull-Denholm & Lindisfarne’s bass guitarist & vocalist Ian Thomson 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 extremelychuffed 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.

Ding Dong Daddios

Tuesday, 26th of August 2014

Ding Dong Daddios

A Summer Evening Ding Dong

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.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 2nd of September 2014

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. £12 music cover charge.

My Sweet Patootie

Tuesday, 9th of September 2014

My Sweet Patootie

My Sweet Patootie, an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario, bring twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, fiddle, percussion & abundant charisma together in one perfect package.

Complete with tall tales & corny jokes, My Sweet Patootie delivers a modern-day Music Hall show that Driftwood Magazine describes as "two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy". Terry Young, Sandra Swannell & Bradford Nowak are skilled performers using a ditzy-like-a-fox approach to their craft. Their upbeat show is a carnival ride with good-time finger-snapping tunes & carefully placed heartfelt ballads.

Their vintage-style songwriting is rooted in folk & Americana but heavily influenced by the likes of Chet Atkins, Les Paul & Mary Ford & the Andrews Sisters. Throw in a penchant for light-hearted satire & their love of artists like Patsy Cline & Hank Williams & you get a sound that Young likes to call "Green Acres for the New Millennium".

High on the Niagara Escarpment, surrounded by sheep & dairy farmers, My Sweet Patootie creates songs that celebrate the quirkiness of rural & small town life. Whether it's cheeky finger-snapping swing or moving ballads, their songs have a universal message of living a simple life with charity, thrift, humour, thankfulness, stewardship, community & a passion for one's work.

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.

Ben Waters

Monday, 15th of September 2014

Ben Waters

Foot-stompin' Boogie Woogie Piano 

We love Ben! Since the release of his recent album “Boogie 4 Stu”, a magical collaboration with all members of the Rolling Stones, Ben’s touring schedule has been more hectic than ever, including the brilliant performance with Jools Holland on “Later…”. Ben’s album celebrates the life & music of Stone’s keyboard player Ian Stewart with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation & the first record in over 2 decades to feature Bill Wyman with Mick, Ronnie, Keith & Charlie.

Ben Waters, exceptional Boogie pianist, is quite simply one of the most talented guys around. If you haven’t experienced him live, I can’t recommend the evening enough – always a foot-stomping resounding triumph, leaving the audience wanting encores. Ben’s reputation is global, a favourite on the festival circuit: Barbados Rhythm & Jazz Festival, Henley Festival, Glastonbury.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

The Budapest Café Orchestra

Wednesday, 24th of September 2014

Budapest Cafe Orchestra (2)

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.

Pete Lincoln

Tuesday, 30th of September 2014 - Wednesday, 1st of October 2014

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. £12.50 music cover charge.

Nick Harper

Wednesday, 22nd of October 2014

Nick Harper

As past member of the English New Wave band Squeeze, an accomplished guitarist, songwriter & acclaimed British acoustic performer Nick Harper got his professional start on the mid-'80s album “Whatever Happened to Jugula”, a collaboration of his father, legendary folk singer-songwriter Roy Harper, & Jimmy Page. From that time on, Nick toured & recorded regularly with his dad, surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & Dave Gilmour.

Described as “one of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range & propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainwright & Jeff Buckley” by Mojo, Nick is a folk troubadour, an acoustic balladeer - with a touch of rock 'n' roll on the side. He's not folk. He's emo skiffle. Pastoral hard rock. Progressive soul.

A past member of the English New Wave band Squeeze, Harper has received critical & popular acclaim as a live performer, especially for his acoustic guitar playing. His unique style of playing has been called “nothing short of genius”. He has made numerous appearances at Glastonbury festival & has recently recorded with Lana Del Rey, Newton Faulkner & Steven Wilson. With his 8th studio album this year, Nick's work is still as fresh & vital as that of his first solo release in 1994. This is one not to be missed.

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.

Catfish Keith

Tuesday, 28th of October 2014

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.

Mirth & Music

Wednesday, 5th of November 2014

mirth-and-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. £15 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 11th of November 2014

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. £12 music cover charge.

George Montague

Wednesday, 12th of November 2014

George Montague

This piano-hitting, string-twanging, gravity-defying singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist with nearly five million views on YouTube, is enthralling a global audience with his exciting live energy & countless contagious original songs.

After performing to an enthusiastic packed audience at this summer’s Henley Festival & also winning Decca Records ‘Search for a New Jazz Star’, George continues his #notsobigTour playing piano, guitar & ukulele.

At the Crooked Billet George will be joined by Tom (Hoops) Hooper, a consummate jazz drummer who can utterly enchant a room with delicate intricate rhythms & mildly BOOM-bastic beats, sublime bassist Harry (the Hat) & one of the UK’s finest saxophonists.

People who have used the phrase ‘tearing the place apart’ haven't heard George Montague who has redefined the term at Wychwood.” Stephen Morris, BBC News

George Montague, may contain nuts!” Mike Read BBC Radio Berkshire

Charismatic & talented pianist & songwriter... charming & original” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

“A true instrumentalist… the gift that keeps on giving, that is George Montague.” Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Chris Jagger

Wednesday, 26th of November 2014

Chris Jagger

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.

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.

Rag Mama Rag

Tuesday, 3rd of March 2015

Rag Mama Rag

Boogie Rag Time

I’m really looking forward to welcoming RAG MAMA RAG back to the Crooked Billet.

Their repertoire is 20’s & 30’s blues based but extremely varied; encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime, early white country tunes, original compositions & many other regional styles of early to mid 1900’s Americana.

One of Europe’s finest toe-tapping, bluesy, boogie country acts. Ashley Dow & Deborah play a wide range of instruments, acoustic guitars, resophonics, bottleneck guitar, acoustic lap steel, ukulele, harmonica, washboard & extremely fine vocals.

With recent live performances on “Later…With Jools Holland” & Paul Jones’ Radio 2 Show, they are enjoying a huge profile & enthusiastic following. They’ve notched up many years of superb shows at the pub, built up a massive Crooked Billet following & always go down a storm.

Full regular menu. £8 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article