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!

Klezmer-ish

Wednesday, 27th of June 2018

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound. Through exploring the music of immigrants from all sorts of musical and cultural backgrounds Klezmer-ish take us on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music, Italian folk music and much more.
What makes them special is the rigorous nature of working in a full-time orchestra (they are all members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and their individual backgrounds and passions as people and musicians. There is so much to explore and the incredible diversity of their repertoire is pretty unique.
The style of the musical output of the band is not aiming for perfect copies of originals or trying to play in an ‘authentic’ style but inspired by original tunes tailored and re-worked to their own personal taste, giving them an original twist. All the music is original and arranged by the band.

Tom Verity, Clarinets & Whistles, Tom  with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is also a member of the Sterling Trio. In his free time he loves playing jazz piano.
Rob Shepley, Guitar, Violin, Vocals. Rob is the sub-principal viola of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra … but late at night he gets out his fiddle and guitar and plays anything from gypsy jazz to old-school rock.

Connie Del Vecchio, Piano Accordion, Violin. Connie is a sub-principal violinist of the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, but she started her musical career on the piano accordion aged 3!
Marcel Becker, Double Bass. Marcel is the leader of the double bass section of the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra – and a massive salsa fan!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

JOHN ETHERIDGE SWEET HARMONY

Monday, 2nd of July 2018

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 2nd July 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.

Mollie Marriott & Friends

Monday, 9th of July 2018

Stunning contemporary blues & soul vocalist
Proving she can Rock like her father, Mollie at the tender age of 15 was asked by Liam Gallagher himself to record some vocals on demos for the Oasis album Heathen Chemistry. Mollie sang at the Astoria London tribute to her late father Steve performing with Paul Weller, Zak Starkey & Deborah Bonham and at The Royal Albert Hall with Dean Rees Steve Ellis and legendary Ronnie Wood as part of the Ronnie lane Memorial Concert. Mollie has also worked live with Joe Brown and his band before having been involved with a week run at the Theatre Royal Windsor whilst previewing the songs for the Musical Skiffle which Joe and Roger Cook have written.  She has just sung backing vocals for Joe, Dennis Locorriere(Dr Hook), Mark Knopfler and Chas and Dave for Joe Browns 50 years in show business gig at The Royal Albert Hall.   As well as having a rock side, She has been known to prove her soul and R'n'B side by working with her Fathers well known Backing Singer and Ikette  P.P Arnold. Proving Mollie to be a versatile vocal talent! Mollie has been known for her session work for the likes of ITV and the BBC and many advert and film work Over the past year, Mollie has shared the stage with The Who, Mick Huckall, Jeff Beck and providing Backing Vocals for The Faces reunion in 2015. She also shared the stage with Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler and Imelda May to celebrate Bill Wymans 80th Birthday. She has also been the Vocal Coach and Creative Consultant for the hit show "All or Nothing", a musical based on the Small Faces. With her debut album 'Truth Is A Wolf' set for release in 2017, its safe to say Mollie will be taking the Industry by storm.

Mollie Marriott has a voice that gives you goosebumps – a simply world class performer, rock ‘n roll royalty in her DNA, as intoxicating as a vintage dessert wine. Expect R&B, soul, some exceptional self-penned numbers & a little rock ‘n roll.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Dean Friedman

Monday, 16th of July 2018
Tuesday, 17th of July 2018
Wednesday, 18th of July 2018

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.

Henley Jazz Workshop ‘MASTERCLASS’

Wednesday, 1st of August 2018

Benny Carter, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins & Dizzy Gillespie

Featuring Karen Sharp(sax), Jonny Bruce (trumpet),Denny Ilett Jnr(guitar) & Andy Crowdy(bass), four of the top musicians on the European jazz scene, coming together to play jazz, swing & latin. Top-drawer quality music & a good few laughs along the way!

As well as well-known swing & jazz standards, the evening will feature music played & written by Benny Carter, who played with Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Django Reinhardt, Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis.

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 & Europe for four years. A busy & popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. An absolute joy to listen to her speaking the language of jazz!

Jonny Bruce is a throwback to the pre-Miles of playing. In other words, he's not cool, he's hot! He draws from all the trumpeters from Louis Armstrong to Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry. 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 therefore very busy musician. He emerged onto the UK jazz scene as a member of the Dave Stapleton Quintet (Edition Records). It was through recording and touring with this band that Jonny gained his early professional musical experiences.

Denny Ilett travels the world performing a mix of classic jazz, blues, gospel, funk, soul & R&B. He works as regular guitarist for saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) & Charles Hazelwood (BBC concert orchestra). You may have been lucky enough to catch him before at the Billet with Lillian Boutte, Moscow Drug Club or the legendary Led Zep tribute! (He speaks English very well!)

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 Lillian Boutte, or the Led Zep project, or Gary Potter, or Alan Barnes, or Art Themen, or…….you get the idea! (He speaks occasionally!)

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Mambo Jambo

Wednesday, 8th of August 2018

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.

Megan Henwood

Wednesday, 15th of August 2018

megan henwood

Winner. BBC Folk Awards. Special Guest Pete Thomas

 

Megan, winner of the BBC Folk Awards, her debut album Making Waves enjoyed enormous acclaim. Megan’s music isn’t ‘finger in the ear moaning folk tunes, it’s vibrant, melodic, fresh, energetic & bloody good. Megan is a brilliant song-smith & bloody good guitarist. Her powerful poignant & witty lyrics are woven around timeless pop melodies. I (Paul!) think, KT Tunstel has a lot of ‘Megan’ about her. I’m a BIG Megan fan, her recent album Head. Heart. Hand plays continually in my car. It features the track “Love/Loathe” which enjoyed a lot of radio play & is a personal all-time favourite song. After winning the BBC Folk Awards. Megan’s notoriety exploded with appearances at Warwick Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival & Cropredy where she performed to a crowd of 40,000. Megan grew up in Henley- on- Thames, exposed to music at an early age, watching her mother sing at the famous Nettlebed Folk Club. Megan is beautiful talented & humble. I am lucky & delighted she joins us on 11th October for a sneak preview of her new album “River” for release later in the month. Fingers crossed, there might be some hot off the press copies – new car music! Megan is joined by Pete Thomas on double bass. Can’t wait!

 

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Mike D’Abo

Tuesday, 21st of August 2018

Mike D'Abo

Legendary Manfred’s Composer & Singer

Mike D’Abo composed the massive hit single “Handbags & Gladrags,” when he performs it at the Crooked Billet I get goose bumps. This unassuming, down to earth man has made a phenomenal contribution to modern popular music. As front man & writer of Manfred Mann, his hits include “Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James”, “Just Like a Woman”, “Ragamuffin Man”, “Ha Ha Said the Clown”, “My Name is Jack”, “Mighty Quinn”, “Handbags & Gladrags” – also a hit for the Stereophonics, Chris Farlowe & Rod Stewart, subsequently became the theme music to BBC’s “The Office.”

Mike talks candidly about his career & will play all the hits. Handbags & Gladrags – feel the hairs on your neck prickle! Forgot to say – he also wrote “Build Me Up Buttercup” for The Foundations!

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Otway & Barrett

Tuesday, 28th of August 2018

I am Delighted to welcome back John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett back to the Crooked Billet for a come back gig. Although their first single, "Gypsy"/"Misty Mountain" was released in 1972, Otway & Barrett first found notoriety on the back of punk rock & a gymnastic performance of their hit "Really Free" on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977.
Many years later, & after countless breakups & reunions, this pair of eccentrics are still pleasing, perplexing & astounding audiences with their original performances. These days Otway does less of the acrobatics, but is none the less riveting to watch, whilst Barrett continues to come up with new & outlandish musical instruments (including a wah wah wheelie bin & a bagpuss).
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Full regular menu. £24 music cover charge.

Glenn Tilbrook

Tuesday, 16th of October 2018

Glenn Tillbrook

From Squeeze

We're delighted to welcome back Glenn Tilbrook, one of Britain’s most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters, for a special solo show. There is no denying Glenn has been pretty busy over the last couple of years - such is the continuing work ethic of a fellow who’s never been far from the action since Squeeze made their recording bow with the Packet Of Three EP in 1977.

Following the release of his solo album ‘Happy Ending’ in 2014, Glenn embarked on the critically acclaimed ‘At Odds Couple’ UK and US acoustic tours with long-time collaborator Chris Difford - we've been lucky enough to host two of these shows at the Crooked Billet. In 2015 Glenn and his Squeeze bandmates wrote, recorded and released their first album of new material in eighteen years - which was written for the BBC drama of the same name, inspired by the memoirs of friend Danny Baker. It was a glorious musical return, ‘Cradle To The Grave’ was met with rave reviews and entered the UK Official Album Chart at number 12. The band embarked on a sold–out tour across the UK, including a packed out date at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

As 2015 drew to a close – without stopping to catch their breath- Glenn and Chris headed to the US for an extensive acoustic tour. 2016 has kicked off no differently – Squeeze were a viral sensation in January after a castigating performance on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr show.

Anyone who has witnessed Glenn on the live stage can attest to the properness of his doings, as it were. Armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-inducing great songs, there are few musicians able to connect with their audience on such an immediate and warm level. The ever burgeoning festival circuit is frequently enriched by Tilbrook the troubadour, whether he be leafing through his own plentiful back pages or dashing off impromptu audience requests ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Tony Orlando & Dawn, and all points in-between.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Dave Kelly

Tuesday, 6th of November 2018

The Blues Band Guitarist & Founder Member

A very Special evening from Dave Kelly. guitarist & founder member of the Blues Band performing an intimate solo show. When The Blues Band started back in 1979 Dave was already a seasoned blues artist with a reputation across the world. In the early sixties he started performing acoustic, mostly Mississippi style blues, in folk clubs. His first performance was a floor spot at The Half Moon Putney in 1964- a session run by Gerry Lockran, Cliff Aungier & Royd Rivers. In 1966 he went to the USA and played at Gerde's Folk City in New York. On returning from the States he joined The John Dummer Blues Band as lead vocalist and guitarist. It was with The Dummer Band that he made two UK tours backing John Lee Hooker and one with Howlin Wolf. After leaving the JDBB late in '69 he went back to solo performing and toured and recorded with the legendary Eddie 'Son' House.
Since then he has recorded a TV show with, and backed in concert, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells as well as continuing to tour with The Blues Band.
In late 2012 Dave released, on Hypertension Records, a new album entitled: Dave Kelly - Family and Friends. Featuring tracks with various family and friends recorded over the past 45 years. Guest include: Jo-Anne Kelly, Eric Bibb, Long John Baldry, Maggie Bell, Chris Barber, Jona Lewie, Christine Collister, Chuck Leavell, Paul Jones, Howlin Wolf amongst others.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Aurora Chanson Trio – Parisian Songbird

Wednesday, 14th of November 2018

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. £15 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article