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!


Monday, 21st of October 2019

Bob Harris with musical support from  Robert J Hunter

Legendary Broadcaster, champion of new music, Old Grey Whistle Test presenter & BBC Radio 2 "Country" presenter in an intimate evening chats candidly about his career to date. Musical punctuation from  the incredible talent that is Robert J Hunter.

Alderney born Robert J. Hunter is taking the blues scene by storm with his gruff, powerful voice and the wild thud of overdriven foot stomping blues guitar. The Robert J. Hunter Band’s unique sound echoes Rory Gallagher, The Faces, Gary Clarke Jr, Free, The Black Crowes.

The band are turning heads across the UK and Europe with their constant touring, perfecting their truly original blend of blues and rock n’ roll. This is a road worn, dirty blues band that have been honed to super tight perfection by sheer hard work and volume of shows.

Previous releases, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Suitcase Blues’ and ‘Good People’ have received rave reviews worldwide. The band have achieved success reaching number one in the iTunes Blues Chart on several occasions and have earned national radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and global independent radio play.

The Robert J Hunter Band have supported the likes of Wilko Johnson, The Animals, the Kris Barras Band and Sari Schorr to name a few. They have recently been finalists in the UK Blues Challenge and The International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

Our thanks to Bob Harris for this very special one off evening.


Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Moscow Drug Club

Monday, 28th of October 2019

Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink & stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes.

Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.


Katya Gorrie - Chanteuse & purveyor of sinister lyrical adventures

Denny Ilett - Rhythmic & solo guitar administrations

Mirek Salmon - Accordionistic chordal & melodic offerings

Andy Crowdy - Providing eccentric bass-end rhapsodies

Ben Cummings - complimentary trumpet obligato's

You are cordially invited to share a wry smile as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Pete Lincoln

Tuesday, 5th of November 2019 - Wednesday, 6th of November 2019

Pete Lincoln

Covers from the human jukebox                

Last December Pete Lincoln performed in Brandenburg Gate, Berlin to a live audience of 1 million, accompanied by his mates Pete & Mick. Their show simultaneously broadcast live on LDF German TV as part of the New Year Celebrations. Catch part of the performance on YouTube

Pete undoubtedly one of Europe's most in demand front men, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music, Beatles, Kinks, Oasis, Simon & Garfunkel, you name it- he'll perform it. His Bohemian Rhapsody - Hilarious. His Steely Dan Reelin in the years is legendary. His 'Hey Jude'
n absolute belter. His ELO "Mr Blue Sky" has you in stitches.

Pete's early career included guitar & vocals in Shakin Stevens band, before joining Cliff Richard's Touring band joint lead vocals & guitar. Pete was front man with sailor ( Hits: "Little Glass of Champagne", "Girls, Girls, Girls") before joining Sweet as frontman, guitar, vocals (20 hits include: "Hell Raiser", "Blockbuster", "Ballroom Blitz")

Pete's latest Collaboration with vocalists Pete Howarth & Mick Wilson from the Hollies & 10cc is proving monstrously successful. We're thrilled Pete returns to Stoke Row entertaining & delighting the Crooked Billet. Think up lots of Guy Fawkes related requests! Elton's 'Rocket Man' Hudson Ford's 'Burn Baby Burn' Arthur Brown Fire.

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

Shirt Tail Stompers

Wednesday, 13th of November 2019

The London based swing band have been making waves all across the world, from Thailand, South Korea and now Henley! Playing a mixture of traditional and swing jazz, this entertaining show includes singing, dancing and a lot of fun!

One of the world's leading swing bands and London’s top vintage band, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem swing and the hot jazz of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Featuring music from composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman, their goal is to make this early form of pop music popular again.
Highlights include the BBC Culture Show, Royal Albert Hall late night Jazz, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and National Theatre River stage.

'Expect singing, dancing and a whole load of fun!'

'The best vintage band anywhere' White Mink

‘Righteously retro, but youthful, trad jazzers dive back to prohibition¬ era speakeasies for
inspiration, playing clarinet/trumpet/guitar¬led Dixieland hits from Waller, Ellington and Basie’ Time Out London

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Aurora Chanson Trio – Parisian Songbird

Wednesday, 20th of November 2019

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. £20 music cover charge.

Dave Pegg & Anthony John Clarke

Wednesday, 27th of November 2019

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.

A real treat to enjoy such legendary artists within the intimacy of the Crooked Billet, in comparison to enjoying Peggy & AJ at Cropedy festival performing to 25,000 fans. They perform at the Billet because they like the pub (not to mention copious quantities of red wine after their show)

Truly astonishing musicians, delivering songs that make your spine tingle. You can feel their friendship, as much funny humour, laughs & and smiles as belting songs

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.


Thursday, 28th of November 2019

Enjoy a selection of American Thanks Giving specials, lunch & dinner, along with our full regular menus. Amazing to think the Crooked Billet is older than America. Built in 1632, a small holding. Started selling beer in 1760, Richard Gill being the first publican. Early 1600’s immigrants & pilgrims started to settle in colonies around Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts and begun what we term America of today. Back in 1632 when they were plastering wattle & daub on the Crooked Billet walls we’d not yet seen turkey in Britain – yet to arrive from the Americas. Geese, swan, Herron & peacock being the celebration bird of choice. Thursday 28th November, celebrating American Thanks Giving turkeys on the menu. Maple glazed local free range privately educated bronze turkey from Tom & Brenda Copa’s Cookham farm, along with all those glorious Yankee Doodle accompaniments. Our full regular menu is offered Thanks Giving turkey as a main course special, some American starter specials including Clam Chowder, Pastrami, pickled cucumber & lentils, New England lobster chop salad. Dessert specials including Pecan Pie, New York cheesecake and brown sugar cinnamon crusted pumpkin pie. Robert Foley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon & Alexander Valley bread & butter chardonnay at only £28 you have some delicious to chink glasses & toast with. Music Free dining at lunch time. In the evening Blues Guitaris BIG JOE BONE performing traditional old time American blues in the larger end dining room. music free dining in first 2 smaller rooms.

Full regular menu. £5 music cover charge.

Dave Kelly

Monday, 2nd of December 2019

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.

Ding Dong Daddios

Monday, 9th of December 2019

Ding Dong Daddios

A Christmas Ding Dong. Have you grinning like monkeys!

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.


Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.


Friday, 27th of December 2019

Pete Brown, one of Britain’s most talented musicians, record producer & in demand rock guitarist having performed with Deep Purple, George Harrison, Dave Gilmour and many more. Pete’s a fine vocalist & multi-instrumentalist, Musical Director of his dads band Joe Brown. Pete first enjoyed notoriety in the 80’s performing, producing & recording with sister Sam. Remember their incredible hit ‘Stop’. The League of Crafty Ukulele Masters are a 20+ Ukulele Orchestra their repertoire includes the likes of Stevie Wonders ‘I Wish’ & ‘Superstition’ the Beatles ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’, Guns N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’’ with perhaps a little ELO thrown in too.. Most Ukulele groups involve a dozen or so enthusiasts all strumming the same tune and rhythm. Plonk, Plonk, Plank. Pete Browns Orchestra have sections of his orchestra playing different parts & harmonies with double bass, harmonica & lap steel guitar &vocal accompaniment, making them a big hit at this summer’s outdoor festivals. Once you have heard them once, you will want to hear them again and again

Full regular menu. £12 music cover charge.


Monday, 6th of January 2020

Since the Band’s inception at the start of 2019 they have gained a loyal following and upward traction from being featured on several BBC Introducing radio presentations (local territories) and from various live performances at local venues and outdoor festivals around the home counties and Bath area. Most recently the Band appeared at the prestigious and renowned Henley Festival (2019).

Singer Song Writer OPHELIA RAY started singing at age 6. By age 13 she was taking her Grade 8 classical singing exams. Ophelia is also an accomplished artist, photographer and poet - as such her various projects fit perfectly alongside her ultimate and driving passion for musical composition, aestheticism and performance.

Pianist JOE PIKE has been passionate about playing piano from a young age and has been a full time pianist for the last 11 years
since graduating from the London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since graduating Joe has played extensively, appearing at venues
across the UK and throughout Europe showcasing myriad genres within his eclectic solo performances.

Guitarist EDWARD BETTELLA has been performing for 15 years in many diverse musical projects, having learned his craft under the world renowned virtuoso guitarist Guthrie Govan. Edward is also a classically trained pianist and composer, working in several fields including live performance and scoring to film and art commissions.

Full regular menu. £12 music cover charge.


Monday, 23rd of March 2020

It was John Fogerty’s rough and inimitable voice, as well as the delivery of fantastic melodies that caused Creedence Clearwater Revival to instantly become the prominent American single band from the late 60’s and early 70’s. The by CCR on single recorded versions of Dale Hawking’s “Suzy Q” and ‘Screaming’ Jay Hawking’s “I put a Spell on You” were the first big hits of CCR. When their second album “Bayou Country” was released CCR became suddenly the most popular rockband in America.

With the appearance of a single with golden hits on both sides, “Proud Mary” en “Born on the Bayou”, CCR dominated for over 2 years the radio Top 40 without causing disappointments towards the anticommercial rockpublic. CCR’s rough rocksongs often had political and cultural content, this was the reason that the quartet appeared on the Woodstock festival in 1969.

CCR had 7 big hits in 1969 and 1970: “Bad Moon Rising”, “Green River”, “Fortunate Son”, “Down on the Corner”, “Travelin Band”, “Up around the Band” and “Lookin out my Backdoor”.

CCR broke up in 1972. In 1995 two former members of CCR, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, started a tour under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Former frontman John Fogerty toured once in a while but mainly occupied himself as a studiomusician.

Then in the winter of 1998 Clearwater Creedence Revival was established. The original name was Creedence Clearwater Revived. The band was formed by Peter Barton and Geoff Hammond. In 2018 the band will celebrated its 20th anniversary, while in that same year it is exactly 50 years ago that CCR was established.

The band currently consists of Peter Barton, 15 years singer of The Animals, Geoff Hammond, ex Danny Laine Band (Paul McCartney’s Wings & Moody Blues), Graham Pollock, ex The Hollies (Eric Haydock’s) and Alan Sagar, ex Slack Alice.
The show includes all CCR classics as Have you ever Seen the Rain, Lordi, Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Run Thru the Jungle, Suzi Q and many more in a fabulous one and a half hour during performance.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article