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.

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!

Mollie Marriott

Wednesday, 29th of April 2015

Mollie Marriott

Stunning contemporary blues & soul vocalist

We have enjoyed superb previous Mollie Marriott shows, with her old band “Union Chain.” On 29th April, 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.

Richard Digance

Wednesday, 6th of May 2015

Richard Digance

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.

Squeeze’s Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook

Thursday, 7th of May 2015

Squeeze's Chris & Glenn

Following on from their highly acclaimed & successful UK 2014 Tour, their first in almost 20 years.  Glenn and Chris have decided to take their duo acoustic show to some festivals across the country this summer. The Crooked Billet is excited to announce that they have secured a special warm up performance For the first time in almost 20 years, Squeeze’s Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook will be heading out on the road as a duo on a tour that will see them present their songs & story in a unique way.

Chris Difford’s lyrics & Glenn Tilbrook’s music have prevailed through turbulent times over the past four decades, from the ever-changing musical landscape to their own internal reshuffles & an acrimonious break-up. On Thursday 7th May Glenn & Chris will be reflecting on their careers, as part of Squeeze & as solo artists, sharing not only the music but also giving an insight in to what makes the two of them tick as a partnership.

In addition to performing a selection of hits, including ‘Up The Junction’ & ‘Cool For Cats’, Chris & Glenn will be dusting down some previously unrecorded songs that were written together back in the band’s infancy but never recorded, “there are a few corkers in there”, as well as playing tracks from their solo careers. The duo has also been working on new Squeeze material – set for release in 2015 - which will no doubt creep into the set list.

Since reforming in 2007, Squeeze have become a favourite on the festival circuit with appearances at V, Oxegen, T in the Park, Latitude and, to great acclaim, the seminal US Festival Coachella. In 2010 Squeeze’s contribution to music was noted with the site of their first gig being awarded a prestigious PRS For Music Heritage Plaque. It joined an ever-increasing list of Squeeze accolades alongside their Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to British Music & their Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award, as well as the Mojo Magazine Icon Award.

Difford’s ying to Tilbrook’s yang, Glenn’s chalk to Chris’s cheese, in the spotlight & under the microscope like never before as these two talents of the music industry come together to present a very special & unique two man show. We can’t wait.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

Dean Friedman

Tuesday, 12th of May 2015 - Wednesday, 13th of May 2015

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. £25 music cover charge.


Wednesday, 20th of May 2015

Kieran Goss

With Special Guest: Annie Kinsella

"Individually they are both gifted singers, but when they sing together, magic happens, the harmonies, the chemistry, just sublime" The Irish Times

Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines.

Born and raised in County Down, Northern Ireland, Kieran Goss grew up in a big family with diverse musical tastes. Consequently, the varied influences of the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones have fermented into the brew that gives Kieran his own unique sound.

'One man, one guitar and a voice sent express mail from Heaven’.... Time Out

“The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too.” The Irish Times

“Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal, and that's what makes him the star he is.” Don Williams

"I've toured with Kieran and watched him perform many times. I've seen him win the hearts of everyone in the room, not just with his great songs and instinctive musicality, but with his warmth and humour. It's the performance of an artist at the top of his game, delivered with intelligence and integrity... Kieran Goss is one of Ireland's national treasures.” Rodney Crowell

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

from Status Quo John Coghlan’s Quo

Wednesday, 27th of May 2015

John Coghlan's Quo

From the famous original 60's - 70's line up, playing all Quo's 70's classics, the legend that is John Coghlan.

John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster & Rick Parfitt to form Status Quo in the late 60s. A long string of hit albums, singles, successful worldwide tours & television appearance followed for the next 20 years. John played on all of Quo’s generally accepted greatest albums Piledriver, Hello!, Quo, On The Level, Blue For You & Classic Rock Award winning album “Status Quo Live!”. The many hits included Pictures of Matchstick Men; Paper Plane; Caroline; Down Down; Rain; Rockin' All over the World, & many more.
When John Coghlan left Status Quo in the latter months of 1981 - during rehearsals of new material for the band's 20th Anniversary album in Switzerland, after twenty years it was time for a break & a change.
Since leaving Quo John has worked with many noted & diverse musicians, mostly in his own Diesel Band. Other notable appearances include Partners In Crime & the short-lived ‘Rockers’ featuring Phil Lynott, Roy Wood & Chas Hodges. Other collaborations have included Noel Redding (ex-Jimi Hendrix) & Eric Bell (ex-Thin Lizzy).
During the late nineties John Coghlan’s Quo was formed & through various line-ups has enjoyed regular gigs all over the UK & Europe. The current band since 2010 (previously performing as The John Coghlan Band) consists of John on Drums with Baz Barry (Vocals/Guitar), Mick Hughes (Vocals/Guitar) & Pete Knight (Bass Guitar) from NWOBHM Boogie Band ‘Predatür’ completing the line-up.

It should be clear this is most definitely not a “tribute” act, the prime aim being to recreate an authentic “70’s Quo Sound” in keeping with John’s time with Quo.
In March 2013 things went full circle as John was reunited once more with the classic original line-up of Status Quo to play on the “Frantic Four” Reunion Tour. The tour was such a success that due to popular demand the original four members reunited for one final European tour in early 2014. Although this was the “Final” chance to see the original band, John will be continuing with John Coghlan’s Quo playing a mixture of the expected Quo standards in a Set List that will often include songs that have either not been performed by Quo for many years or even on occasion, not at all. However if you are expecting a lookalike “tribute” show you may need to look elsewhere, but should you enjoy a combination of long-lost classic album tracks with a mixture of Quo’s Greatest Hits & delivered with a 70’s vibe, then a John Coghlan’s Quo gig is simply a must.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 2nd of June 2015

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.

The Gutter Brothers

Tuesday, 9th of June 2015

Gutter Brothers

The Gutter Brothers are an English skiffle and rock band which was active from 1985 until 1993. Since 2003 they have occasionally performed live together so we are delighted to host such a special concert at the Crooked Billet.

They formed in early 1985 after singer and washboard player Tony Green arrived in London from his native New Orleans and met Tea Chest Bass player Dennis Johnson performing on the street in Covent Garden with skiffle duo Slap and Tickle. Over the course of the following eighteen months there were several personnel changes but towards the end of 1987 the line up had stabilised with the addition of guitarists Chris Cawte and Steve Turner and drummer Jeff Walker.

Up to this point their repertoire had largely consisted of skiffle versions of blues and R'n'B standards. During the preceding year Dennis Johnson had started producing lyrics which the rest of the band had begun putting to music and so in early 1988 they wrote and recorded a self financed album entitled Isometric Boogie which they sold on the street and at an increasing number of self promoted gigs in and around London. The album was produced by old friend Jez Coad (who subsequently produced all the rest of the band’s released material) and went on to sell around 30,000 copies.

Whilst still in the process of recording the album they were spotted playing on the street and invited to play on the LWT series First Exposure alongside a then relatively unknown Steve Coogan. This led to them being asked to play live on MTV Europe, the first band to do so on the recently launched channel. Other TV appearances over the following year included ITV’s Night Network and Juke Box Jury hosted by Jools Holland.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Chris Jagger

Wednesday, 10th of June 2015

Chris Jagger & Charlie Hart

Rootsy bluesy acoustic foot stomper

Chris & his utterly delicious 3-piece rootsy, bluesy, rocking, acoustic band. There’s the classic Jagger vocals, sweet & sour harmonies, guitar, fiddle & double bass. Always one of the most popular evenings in our What’s On diary.

On Wednesday 10th June Chris will be joined by Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle & very special guest Charlie Hart (fiddle, accordion, keyboards, bass instruments, vocals). Inspired by blues, jazz & African music, Charlie has worked with Alexis Korner, Ian Dury, Ronnie Lane, Eric Clapton & Charlie Watts. He produced Orchestra Virunga & Diz & the Doormen, composed music for the Oscar-nominated animated film Triangle & appeared in the feature film Stormy Monday. Besides working with Chris & the band, Charlie is currently concentrating on producing roots & jazz artists in his own Equator Studios, London.

A rock & roll English Ceilidh band, makes you want to drink scrumpy & stomp. On a scale of 1 to 10 the Crooked Billet scores them 11. Chris has collaborated with an eclectic selection of artists including Al Stewart, Ian Dury, Cat Stevens & the Rolling Stones; indeed his brother provided vocals on Chris’s latest album “Concertina Jack”. Speak to Chris nicely & you might get a back stage pass for the next Rolling Stones gig.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Anita Harris

Monday, 15th of June 2015

Anita Harris

Legend of Stage & Screen

Anita Harris has had a breath taking career spanning over fifty years. She has been a film star, television star, graced the top of the pop charts, become a pantomime legend as Peter Pan, starred in Cats in the West End & featured in 7 Royal Command Performances. She has never stopped performing & has worked alongside legendary names in the world of entertainment such as Harry Secombe, Phil Silvers, Morecambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, magician David Nixon & Clive Dunn.

Performing with her pianist, an intimate evening of the songs that forged her incredible career, fascinating chat & stories from an amazing life of stage & screen.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Kaz Hawkins

Tuesday, 23rd of June 2015

Kaz Hawkins

Underground for years as a secret songwriter, Kaz Hawkins is one of the biggest performers to come out of Northern Ireland, locally called “A Vocal Force” on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer. Kaz is loved for her down to earth attitude; she brings fun to every performance & is adored not only by her fans but anyone who meets her. She has lived and sings “The Blues” but has much more to offer across different genres in her song writing with power ballads, rock roots and gospel. With support gigs under belt for Van Morrison, Nanci Griffiths, Chris Farlowe, Matt Andersen & special duets with Belfast’s Brian Kennedy & The Professor Pat McManus. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtin Ó Muilleoir said “Belfast is proud of your talent & we know you will go on to great things & support you in all you do”. Kaz Hawkins wants to bring back a time when people danced in the aisles and raised their hands in joy, revelling in the music. Recently awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award from  Blues & Soul Magazine & being a British Blues Award nominee in 2013 has brought much attention from the music industry in the UK for Kaz & her debut album is garnering fantastic reviews.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Tuesday, 30th of June 2015

Wild Willy French Connection

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

A unique & unforgettable evening! Directed by God Father of grunge folk Wild Willy Barrett, this dynamic quartet returns to the UK in support of their new album 'Cat in a Circus,' as fabulous French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage.

Captivating audiences both English & French alike with her compelling & expressive vocals, she effortlessly tackles a wide range of styles. From Gypsy jazz to traditional Celtic, with hint of Bluegrass & Piaf thrown into the mix.

Innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo & uilleann pipes, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

The Gary Fletcher Band

Monday, 6th of July 2015

The Blues Stars

A Supergroup Staring the CREAM of British Blues Musicians

Four of the UK’s most respected blues musicians play together: Alan Glen, Gary Fletcher, Tom Leary & Hughie Flint.

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.

Tom Leary: Lap steel slide guitar, violin. Previously recorded & toured with Feast of Fiddles.

Hughie Flint: Percussion. Previously recorded & toured with Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Ronnie Lane, The Blues Band & McGuinnes Flint. Famously recorded on the “Beano” album with Clapton.

This will obviously be a very special evening.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Herbie Flowers, Mike Hatchard & Paul Hart

Monday, 13th of July 2015

Herbie Flowers

Great Music, Jazz & Gentle Humour

An outstanding evening of music & jazz including stories & anecdotes from Herbie’s incredible career. Having recorded with EVERYBODY, from The Beatles (bass on “Long & Winding Road”) to Judy Garland. Writer of numerous hit records, movie scores, TV commercials & theme tunes. Legendary session musician. Collaborator on George Harrison’s final epic album. Original member of classical rock band Sky. Member of Elton John’s Band, original member of T-Rex & one of David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars. Ivor Novello award winner. Herbie recorded that wonderful sliding bass line on Lou Reeds “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”. He also wrote “Grandad”, Clive Dunn’s number 1 hit single.

Mike Hatchard, the acclaimed jazz pianist will accompany, with Paul Hart on violin. Paul performed in the original Sky line-up with Herbie before establishing himself as one of Britain’s top concerto composers; a musical virtuoso, performing at the Royal Albert Hall with John Williams amongst thousands of other notable concerts.

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Mambo Jambo

Wednesday, 22nd of July 2015

Mambo Jambo

Wild Cuban Sizzling Salsa, 50’s Boogie Swing 

One of 2013 Billet music night revelations was MAMBO JAMBO – their first performance at the pub was incredibly well received, went down a storm, as did their repeat performance last summer. The all-time “must see” band. They set the dance floor ablaze at the Henley Festival. Stomping Cuban/Brazilian jazz, bossa & New Orleans boogie blues. Guaranteed to leave you grinning from ear to ear; good enough to make you want to book a holiday in Old Havana.

Weather permitting I’ll barbecue some Cuban/Brazilian barbecue specials – beer butt peri pepper chicken, lots of steaks, prawns big enough to ride.. If it’s a hot evening we’ll do music & al fresco dining outside. Bring a jumper for later; snuggle blankets & space heaters provided. This show is guaranteed to put rhythm in your bones, have you grinning like monkeys & leave your soul euphoric!

Full regular menu. £9 music cover charge.

Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole

Tuesday, 13th of October 2015

Evan Christopher

Hot New Orleans Jazz Quartet...from NEW ORLEANS!

European Gypsy swing meets the music and rhythms of "le monde Creole" in this seductive and captivating project led by New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher. Renowned for his contemporary framing of early jazz masters such as Sidney Bechet, Jimmie Noone, and Barney Bigard, his quartet enlivens the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt as well as swing-era classics with the buoyant rhythms of New Orleans, Cuba, the Caribbean & even Brazil. Dazzling improvisations and colourful stories of the jazz greats he most admires are also hallmarks of Django a la Creole's presentations. Featuring Dave Kelbie, guitar, Mr Big, double bass & Don Vappie the renowned Creole guitar banjo player - a mother on both instruments & groovy like hell.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Catfish Keith

Monday, 2nd of November 2015

Catfish Keith

Foot-Stomping, Deep Delta Blues

Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter & bottleneck slide guitarist, Catfish established himself as the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues & American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2008, has twelve NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums & packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show.

Toured the globe to wide acclaim, headlined major music festivals & appeared with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal & many more. “One of the finest acoustic bluesmen in America. Every fan of acoustic blues should have all of his discs in their collection. This man is flat-out spectacular.”

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.

Mirth & Music

Wednesday, 2nd of December 2015


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. £17 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article