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!

TILDON KRAUTZ TRIO

Monday, 19th of August 2019

Highly original acoustic music from New York City, based in Southwest France

Similar in style and presentation to Tim O'Brien, Devon Sproule, Nora Jones, Avett Brothers. Story telling songs, musicianship and sublime wackiness combine to make something grabbily familiar and unique. A dynamic show with guaranteed laughter.

Gregg Weiss (Co-songwriter, guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocal) NYC songwriter and longtime sideman widely travelled.

Gabi Swiatkowska (Co-Songwriter, upright bass, vocal) is also an award winning Author/Illustrator. Published worldwide in many languages.

Barry Nisbet A Shetland Fiddling Songwriter who doubles as a Tall Ships Captain and sings a hearty tune.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

PIXIE & THE GYPSIES

Wednesday, 28th of August 2019

Pixie and The Gypsies perform music from their chart-topping debut album 'Honey Trap', alongside a selection of covers from the worlds of pop and jazz.

"Was enchanted tonight by the special magic of Pixie and The Gypsies… swing, melodic pop, memorable originals" - Paul Pace

2018 has been a busy year following the release of their number 1 debut album in August, with the band playing sold-out shows at venues such as The Spice Of Life and Pizza Express Jazz Club, and Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s.
They’ve also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival ,Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, and 8 gigs at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival this year.

"Pixie and The Gypsies are an ethereally beautiful new face on the scene" - London Jazz News

Pixie and The Gypsies features founding member Taylor Notcutt on vocals and accordion, Connie Chatwin on violin and backing vocals, Twm Dylan on double bass and Matt Wilson on guitar, and when requested guest drummer Ed Harley.

"With Taylor’s breathtakingly sultry, honeyed vocals bolstered by guitar, accordion, violin, double bass and sweet backing vocals, ‘Honey Trap’ is a real treat" - Elisa Bray

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

FLEUR STEVENSON

Wednesday, 4th of September 2019

Fleur Stevenson is fast establishing herself at the forefront of an exciting new breed of jazz vocalists taking London by storm.
Gifted with a honeyed tone, an offbeat sense of humour and a naturally charismatic stage presence, Fleur creates an instant rapport with her audience through sparkling narrative and an unerring instinct for choosing the right material to showcase her talent.
Her phrasing, use of space and improvisational ability nod to obvious influences from the greats such as Shirley Horn and Anita O’Day, but Fleur is carving a niche all of her own with her surprising yet stylish interpretations of jazz standards and her tender, heartfelt delivery of romantic ballads.
This will be an evening of charming vocal jazz as Fleur presents songs from her recently released album Follow Me, which received rave reviews and was launched in July this year at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. She will also perform some classic American Songbook numbers, plus some well known sing along, feel-good jazz favourites.

Fleur Stevenson – vocals
Pete Billington – piano
Andy Crowdy - double bass
Simon Price - drums

“A wonderful singer with a great musical ear and natural jazz feel''
Claire Martin OBE

“Stevenson is in possession of a voice which has power - yet she has the control to drop down to a caress in a heart-beat. And she can scat; boy, can she scat!”
Something Else

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

MOISHE’S BAGEL

Monday, 9th of September 2019

Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer, roots and folk music from some of Scotland's finest musicians. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe's Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Camille O'Sullivan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Eliza Carthy, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), they are equally at home jamming in a late night jazz den, grooving at a forest folk festival, or enthralling an upmarket concert hall.

In the 15 years they have been together, pianist Phil Alexander, violinist Greg Lawson, accordion player Pete Garnett, bass player Mario Caribe and percussionist Guy Nicolson have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.

The result is a thrilling and
evocative sound that can truly
transport a listener. Each Bagels
concert is a journey filled with
joy, excitement and raw
emotion that leaves
every audience member with
a feeling that they have witnessed
something magical and truly
greater than the sum of its parts.

Moishe’s Bagel’s sound is hard to categorise in the best possible way! Each member brings unique sensibilities to the group.
A driving klezmer groove from Phil, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings from Pete, classical virtuosity and power from Greg, inspired Latin jazz flavours from Mario…all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that
includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka from Guy.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

CLEARWATER CREEDANCE REVIVAL

Wednesday, 18th of September 2019

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.

TONY O’MALLEY

Wednesday, 25th of September 2019

Tony O’Malley’s distinctive vocals and funky piano playing have always been key to the sound of UK Soul Pioneers, Kokomo.
These skills come to the fore with his own band, in which he’s accompanied by some of Britain’s brightest young talent: Richie Aikman on guitar, Sonny Winslow on bass and Ally McDougal on drums.
The average age increases when they’re joined by fellow Kokomo founders, the “guitarists’ guitarist” Neil Hubbard if he’s not on tour with Bryan Ferry, and sax man Mel Collins, if not on duty with King Crimson.

The influence of greats like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Richard Tee and Steely Dan is plain to hear in his eleven solo albums. But Tony’s own style, energy and personality shine through in every show

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

WILD WILLY BARRETT

Wednesday, 2nd of October 2019

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

A unique & unforgettable evening!

With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this very talented trio. From a riverside jazz cafe, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does everything with style. A master of live entertainment, multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett’s dry off-the-wall humour has audiences laughing out loud between numbers, as the warm and charismatic vocals of Jane (Ejay) Williams take centre stage. Innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including guitar, keyboards, cello, fiddle and banjo, add a touch of magic. Willy, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career. He has toured with artists as diverse as Madness and Steeleye Span, and his wonderful acoustic guitar playing is featured on ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album alongside Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell. Vocalist Jane Williams has recently worked with Van Morrison on his recent album, ‘Roll with the Punches’, and is a wonderful new addition to this quirky ensemble. Her effortless but highly emotive vocals draw you in and leave you wanting more. A great night out unlike anything else on offer in the UK at the moment

 

 

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Richard Digance

Monday, 7th of October 2019

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.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Wednesday, 16th of October 2019

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’.

 

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

AN EVENING WITH BOB HARRIS OBE

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. www.bobharris.org


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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.

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.

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.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article