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!

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.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Tuesday, 7th of October 2014

Rebecca Poole

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

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. 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. £15 music cover charge.


Wednesday, 15th of October 2014

The Blues Stars

A Blues Supergroup

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

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

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

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.

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


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.

Christmas Party Nights with Ben Waters

Monday, 1st of December 2014 - Tuesday, 2nd of December 2014

Ben Waters

Ben Waters the Ultimate Party Band

We love Ben! Foot-stomping boogie piano, great food – the full regular menu or fixed price December menu. Mistletoe, hats, crackers, everybody gets a dip in the Secret Santa.

A party isn't a party without 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.

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