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!

Slim Chance

Wednesday, 30th of August 2017

Reformed but Unrepentant! Slim Chance are alive and well in memory of the Legendary Ronnie Lane.  Performing songs from all the Slim Chance albums including the hits                

Ronnie Lane is best remembered for hits with The Small Faces, Faces & Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance. Hits including Hchycoo Park, All or Nothing, How Come & The Poacher.
Slim Chance formed in 1973 released legendary chart topping albums including Ronnie Lanes Slim Chance, Anymore for Anymore, One for The Road & Rough Mix with Pete Townshend. Slim Chance toured extensively, including famously travelling Britain with a huge circus tent, dancing girls, clowns & fire eaters. This tour now steeped in music folklore & currently in production for a movie.
Ronnie battled multiple Sclerosis for many years, ad following his passing in 1997 was introduced posthumously into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Slim Chance reformed for the 2004 Ronnie Lane Royal Albert Hall memorial concert.
On Wednesday 30th August, you can witness Slim Chance within the intimacy of The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row.
Original Slim Chance members Steve Bingham vocals & bass, Billy Nichols vocals & guitar, Charlie Hart vocals & fiddle, Steve Simpson vocals & guitar are joined by Brendan O’Neil drums (Rory Gallagher, Nine Below Zero, Glen Tilbrook & friend of Ronnie) Geraint Watkins, keys (Carl Perkins, Nick Lane, Van Morrison & friend of Ronnie).
An evening of incredible musicianship, from some of Rock & Rolls legendary characters with a generous helping of anecdotal stories in guaranteed.

 

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Tuesday, 5th of September 2017

Purdy Album Cover

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

“So slinky, it shouldn’t be allowed” - Craig Charles BBC 6 Music

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. Rebecca recently played the Royal Albert Hall with Jools & has just finished supporting him on tour. 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. £20 music cover charge.

Moscow Drug Club

Tuesday, 12th of September 2017

Moscow Drug Club

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.

With…

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.

Mick Wilson

Monday, 18th of September 2017

 

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. £25.00 music cover charge.

The Gary Fletcher Band featuring Alan Glen

Tuesday, 26th of September 2017

A Supergroup Staring the CREAM of British Blues Musicians

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 MUD.

This will obviously be a very special evening.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

GARY POTTER QUARTET

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

BBC Award-Winning Acoustic Singer Songwriter

 

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Megan’s debut album “Making Waves” is enjoyed enormous acclaim. Her powerful, poignant & witty lyrics are woven around wonderful timeless pop melodies & demonstrate a depth of maturity far beyond her young years. Radio presenter & folk legend Mike Harding is a huge enthusiast & supporter of Megan. Megan grew up in Henley-on-Thames, exposed to music at an early age, watching her mother sing at the famous Nettlebed Folk Club (the venue Megan celebrated her BBC award at, with a magical gig). As one would appreciate, Megan’s profile has exploded since winning her award with appearances at Warwick Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Cropredy & The Crooked Billet.

Megan's music isn’t finger in the ear, drab, moaning folk. It's vibrant, melodic, fresh, energetic & bloody good. Don’t miss this one.

 

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Andre Krengel & Roland Krause

Monday, 16th of October 2017

Andre Krengel, from Germany, is one of the leading guitarists in Europe. His first international gigs were in Spain & the south of France. He then went to the USA & toured with Leon Wilkinson & the new Lynnard Skynnard & jammed with musicians from the Miami Latin & Cuban music-scenes. He has toured the compass around Europe. In 2005 he co-founded the prize winning band Sina Nossa ("Our Destiny"), a Portuguese fado & world-music fusion band (winners, World Creole Music Festival). The German press call Andre "traveller between cultures" & "the guitar wizard with magic hands" since he can switch between styles & cultures without loosing his identity & unique style, 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 musical genres - From the worlds of Jazz, Swing, Flamenco, Blues, Pop & Funk and Latin America their compositions blend into harmonious whole. They perform original compositions and surprising adaptations of many well-known pieces with a boisterous energy & passion.

Andre & Roland met first in 1997 when they travelled through Europe and USA performing in festivals, jazz clubs, art centres and galleries, both becoming two of the most sought after guitarists. Join them on their musical travels and allow yourself to fall under their spell.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Lila Ammons & the Tom Waters Quartet

Tuesday, 24th of October 2017

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 the 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.

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