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!

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.

Pete Lincoln

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

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. £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.

THANKS GIVING WITH BLUES GUITARIST BIG JOE BONE

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.

PETE BROWN’S LEAGUE OF CRAFTY UKULELE MASTERS

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.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article