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!

BURNS NIGHT – TOP CÉILIDH BAND, KIPPERS & KILTS.

Wednesday, 25th of January 2017

Burns Night

A full menu featuring the very best of Highland produce, seafood, beef & game. Plenty of Scottish specials including Islay diver scallops, Arbroath Smokies, Macsween haggis, neeps & tatties, cranachan, clapshot, smoked Lochinvar salmon, Finnan haddock, Cullen skink, skirlie, Dundee marmalade pudding & over a dozen Hebridean Malts.

Addressing the haggis. Bag Pipes. Top toe-tapping Celtic band playing traditional music, jigs & reels – guitar, whistle, Celtic pipes & fiddle. Full regular menu with lots of Celtic specials. Free Islay malt to all attired in Scottish costume.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Richard Digance

Monday, 6th of February 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.

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Monday, 20th of February 2017

Utterly Amazing Upbeat Gypsy Jazz          

The Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful 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 their 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!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Mick Wilson

Tuesday, 28th of February 2017

From 10CC. Playing all the Hits.

Mick's love for music started when his parents bought him a guitar for Christmas in 1969 and, far from being the 5-minute wonder that was anticipated, it started a life-long passion for pop music that is just as strong today as it was then. In fact Mick still owns his first guitar, which can be seen at the back of the CD booklet on his new album, “So The Story Goes”

Turning to the Bass Guitar (yes, he still has that one too!) and teaming up with his elder brother Dave, they formed a band called Flame that played locally around their home town of Barking in Essex. This eventually led to a meeting with Alan Blakely from The Tremeloes, who was looking for a band to produce. Mick’s first taste of a real studio was at the age of 14 when he recorded the lead vocals to the band’s first single – a cover of Frankie Lyman’s “Teenager In Love”.

For the next few years, the band released more Blakely-produced material, appearing live and on TV shows both in the UK and Europe, culminating in a record deal with EMI (recording the single at the famous Abbey Road Studio 2) and supporting stable-mates, The Rubettes on a European stadium tour in the late 70’s.

The 80’s saw Mick learning his craft and playing in various bands in and around London, but eventually put down the bass and started performing and recording just as a vocalist. Since then, Mick has performed and recorded with artists such as: Lionel Ritchie, Alice Cooper, Kylie Minogue, Alison Moyet, Chris Rea, Donny Osmond, Robin Gibb, Westlife, Cliff Richard, Cher, Lulu and the K.L.F. He is also a regular member of The SAS Band which play all over the world with guest artistes including: Brian May, Roger Taylor, Roger Daltrey, Paul Young, Kiki Dee and Tony Hadley.

He also is the lead vocalist for Three Friends, playing the music of Gentle Giant and featuring two members of the original line-up - Gary Green and Malcolm Mortimore.

Alongside live performances, Mick has had his own recording and production facility for over 20 years, which has been the base for a varied career as a producer and songwriter, as well as composing music for T.V. and live events for companies such as: Sky, BBC, ITV, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, B.T., Levi’s, Toyota, Mercedes, Ford, Reebok and Mitsubishi.

Since joining Graham Gouldman for an acoustic set at the Green Room in London’s Café Royal over 10 years ago, Mick has become a regular in the latest incarnation of 10cc, taking on Lead Vocal duties & playing percussion, guitar & keyboards. Mick & Graham have also performed acoustic sets at numerous charity events including the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Mick continues to be a much in demand session vocalist not just in & around London, where he is based, but also abroad in Holland, Belgium & Germany. Mick featured as one of the guest vocalists on a series of concerts across Spain with a 40 –piece symphony orchestra & rock band, playing the music of Queen.

This is certainly one not to miss!

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

The Dime Notes

Monday, 6th of March 2017

Dime Notes

The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues & forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton & Red Nichols.

Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinetist David Horniblow, an established figure on the European jazz stage & American pianist/composer/musicologist & Jelly Roll Morton specialist Andrew Oliver, a recent arrival to the UK, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of the UK’s finest rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie, accompanist in Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus & many more. The bass chair is occupied by London bassist Tom Wheatley, well known across the international scene for his swing & versatility & in demand across many genre boundaries with his huge sound & stylistic versatility.

The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasizing the propulsive grooves & sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, & wildly popular.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

St. Patricks Night Celebration

Thursday, 16th of March 2017 - Friday, 17th of March 2017

St. Patricks

With Top Irish Fiddle Band

Celebrating Saint Patrick, fine music and Irish fare with the exceptional Irish Band ‘Poteen’. Fiddle, bodhran, pipes, whistles, strings, and Irish harp.  Guaranteed to get toes tapping with their infectious jigs and reels playing traditional Irish folk music, up tempo Guinness drinking stuff and of course, all those great bar room classics – Whisky in the jar, Malt and Whisky Ray, Irish Rover, etc. I’ll cook up a few Irish specials, plenty of Galway Oysters, Soda Bread and Richard Corrigan’s fabulous Irish stew recipe (I’m sure the Irish just nicked Lancashire Hot Pot!) Dublin Lawyer, Champ, Drisheen, Boxty Pancakes, Pork Gubeens and Dublin Bay Prawns. There’s a Guinness stout promotion – an absolute corker of an evening.

Full regular menu with lots of Irish specials.

Wednesday 16th – Special night before Paddy’s discount £15 music cover charge.

Thursday 17th £20 music cover charge.

Take Four

Wednesday, 22nd of March 2017

Jazz Quartet

The Great British Jazz Quartet

Four internationally acclaimed British jazz musicians guarantee a most exquisite evening of contemporary music.

Alan Barnes: Saxophone & clarinet. A member of Laurie Holloway’s “Parkinson Show” Orchestra & Humphrey Lyttelton’s band. He’s recorded & toured with the likes of Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison & Jamie Cullum.

Art Themen: The saxophone playing orthopaedic surgeon! 40 years on the British jazz circuit, playing with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce & Stan Tracey. He’s toured & recorded with Charlie Parker, Al Haig & Red Rodney.

Andy Crowdy: Double bass & Crooked Billet house bassist. He’s worked with everybody! - Lillian Boutte, Sonny Rollins, John Etheridge, Diz Disley & The Blockheads.

John Critchinson: Piano. Busiest jazz pianist around! Worked with everybody. Composed numerous TV & theatre scores. Voted UK’s Best Jazz Pianist in 2011.

A mesmerising evening is undoubtedly guaranteed from these outstanding musicians.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Nine Below Zero

Tuesday, 28th of March 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.

Mollie Marriott & Friends

Tuesday, 25th of April 2017

Mollie Marriott

Stunning contemporary blues & soul vocalist

We have enjoyed superb previous Mollie Marriott shows, with her old band “Union Chain.” On 10th August Mollie returns on solo lead vocal with exquisite singers & musicians.

Daughter of Steve Marriott, Mollie followed on in the family tradition by going on stage early. Her first record deal was as a member of girl band D2M at the age of 12. Proving she can rock like her father, Mollie at the tender age of 15 recorded vocals with Oasis on their album Heathen Chemistry. She has also recorded & toured with Paul Weller, Ronnie Wood, Joe Brown, Mark Knopfler & Beyonce.

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

Tuesday, 2nd of May 2017 - Wednesday, 3rd of May 2017

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.

Robin Nolan Trio

Tuesday, 16th of May 2017

Robin Nolan

Gypsy jazz from the Netherlands     

Robin Nolan, while being considered one of the world’s leading gypsy jazz guitarists in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, has also set himself apart by creating his own unique style.

Simply put, The Robin Nolan Trio are one the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years. Robin has been lauded for his musical genius and sensibilities by the late Beatle George Harrison, Willie Nelson and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.

Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe. Recent highlights include a sell out show for Jazz FM at London's Royal Albert Hall, a standing ovation from a packed out Lincoln Centre audience in New York and a record deal with the Harrison family label HOT records.

After mesmerising UK audiences in 2015 and 2016 with stunning musicianship Amsterdam based Robin and his trio are set to return – if you missed it last time – make sure you don’t in 2017!

The trio features top Dutch double bassist Arnoud Van Den Berg and UK guitar virtuoso Chris Quinn on Rhythm, one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business. Expect some of the finest, hottest guitar playing you'll ever hear.

George Harrison - “In these days of Cacophony it’s great to hear some proper music!”

Bill Wyman - "Robin Nolan is so amazingly good!"

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Wednesday, 7th of June 2017

Wild Willy French Connection

Ecstatically delighted to have Wild Willy Barrett back at the Crooked Billet.

A unique & unforgettable evening!

You won’t find another band like Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection. From a Parisian café via a Dublin Hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo.

Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam. Django Reinhardt & The Pogues. Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf. Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli. Tom Waits joins in. This is French Connection.

At the ensemble’s heart are the undisputed talents of multi-instrumentalist, Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett. The quartet perform on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo & uillean pipes with a large dose of dry wit.

Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of humour, very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article