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!

The Gary Fletcher Band featuring Alan Glen

Tuesday, 26th of September 2017

A Supergroup Staring the CREAM of British Blues Musicians

Goodness. I'm so lucky Gary like my cooking enough to continue bringing his chums here for these supergroup jam nights. Three of the UK’s most respected blues musicians play together: Alan Glen, Gary Fletcher & Nick Ritchie.

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.

Nick Ritchie:  Guitar. Previously recorded & toured with Canned Heat & MUD.

This will obviously be a very special evening.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.


Tuesday, 3rd of October 2017

Featuring Gary Potter, Noreen Cullen, Nils Solberg & Andy Crowdy.

Django gypsy jazz at it's very best

The ever-popular Gary is back. Even if you’re not into jazz, you’ll love Gary Potter. Even my dad likes Gary Potter. Gary’s the guy other musicians book for their parties. Apart from being a technically brilliant wizard of a guitarist, he’s thoroughly entertaining with his witty one-liners and banter.

With accompaniment from Andy Crowdy on double bass, Nils Solberg, the acclaimed gypsy guitarist providing Maccaferri rhythm. extra special guest Noreen Cullen playing gypsy fiddle - giving the evening the perfect Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli feel; Noreen was lead violin in the world-wide touring hit show Riverdance, & is phenomenal.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Megan Henwood

Wednesday, 11th of October 2017

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.

Andre Krengel & Roland Krause

Monday, 16th of October 2017

World Renowned Artists. Fusion of Gypsy Flamenco Blues & Jazz

I bought the Crooked Billet in 1989. Gary Potter being the first ‘Music Night’. When musicians play here they often ask “had anybody good recently?” ANDRE KRENGEL is the artist I mention. Andre performed for us last year with Lolo Reinhardt (Django’s grandson) watching the show standing at the door, my mouth gaping, simply the most incredible musician. Andre Krengel, from Germany, is one of the leading guitarists. He can play in any genre or style. He was guitarist with Lynnard Skynnard. He has played with all the great gypsy jazz guitarists. He jammed with musicians from the Miami Latin & Cuban music scene. In 2005 he co-founded the prize winning band Sina Nossa ("Our Destiny"), a world-music fusion band (winners, World Creole Music Festival) Headlines at Womad festival. The Guardian describe Andre "traveller between style & cultures. A guitar wizard with magic hands, retaining his identity & unique talent in a fusion of musical influences, such is his virtuosity & versatility together with his sense of musical dynamics & soft sounds. The Krengel & Krause guitar duo combines a rousing mixture of different music from the worlds of Jazz, Swing, Flamenco, Blues, Pop & Latin American, their compositions blend into harmonious whole. They perform original compositions and surprising adaptations of many well-known pieces with a boisterous energy & passion.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Lila Ammons & the Tom Waters Quartet

Tuesday, 24th of October 2017

Blistering Uptempo Bluegrass on Steroids

Lila Ammons is one of Jools Holland's favourite singers. Lila is coming  to the UK and building a tour to celebrate her family which include Gene ' jug' Ammons and incredible boogie woogie piano player Albert Ammons. Lila made her first Carnegie Hall appearance in 1988 exactly 50 years after her grandfather had played that stage for the first time. Lila Ammons is one of the most celebrated singers from Chicago and has worked with some of the biggest jazz and blues names including Sonny Leyland, Judy Carmichael and Charlie watts. Lila has also performed with Crooked Billet regulars Chris Jagger & Ben Waters.

Lila will be joined by Bens son Tom Waters quartet which is formed from some of the finest young musicians in the country to play the music correctly. The band are held in great respect and very much in demand amongst the music world having a collective of over 50+ albums to the bands name. the band consist of Anmol Mohara - drummer, who has recently won best young drummer in the UK and is a member of the royal academy of music. Rodney Teague - bass, who has worked with many of England's  finest musicians and now is head of Weymouth college. Rob Palmer - guitar, who is one of the most sought after guitarists in England's jazz scene. Tom waters - saxophone, recently appeared on Ronnie Woods album 'I want you to hear this', he has worked with numerous of other artists and sessions with incredibly talented players. "Tom's the tops" - Jools Holland. This band is one of the most exciting line ups to come out of England.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 31st of October 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.

Dave Pegg & Anthony John Clarke

Wednesday, 15th of November 2017

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.

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