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, 23rd of January 2019

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. £20 music cover charge.

Mollie Marriott & Friends

Monday, 28th of January 2019

Stunning contemporary blues & soul vocalist
Proving she can Rock like her father, Mollie at the tender age of 15 was asked by Liam Gallagher himself to record some vocals on demos for the Oasis album Heathen Chemistry. Mollie sang at the Astoria London tribute to her late father Steve performing with Paul Weller, Zak Starkey & Deborah Bonham and at The Royal Albert Hall with Dean Rees Steve Ellis and legendary Ronnie Wood as part of the Ronnie lane Memorial Concert. Mollie has also worked live with Joe Brown and his band before having been involved with a week run at the Theatre Royal Windsor whilst previewing the songs for the Musical Skiffle which Joe and Roger Cook have written.  She has just sung backing vocals for Joe, Dennis Locorriere(Dr Hook), Mark Knopfler and Chas and Dave for Joe Browns 50 years in show business gig at The Royal Albert Hall.   As well as having a rock side, She has been known to prove her soul and R'n'B side by working with her Fathers well known Backing Singer and Ikette  P.P Arnold. Proving Mollie to be a versatile vocal talent! Mollie has been known for her session work for the likes of ITV and the BBC and many advert and film work Over the past year, Mollie has shared the stage with The Who, Mick Huckall, Jeff Beck and providing Backing Vocals for The Faces reunion in 2015. She also shared the stage with Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler and Imelda May to celebrate Bill Wymans 80th Birthday. She has also been the Vocal Coach and Creative Consultant for the hit show "All or Nothing", a musical based on the Small Faces. With her debut album 'Truth Is A Wolf' set for release in 2017, its safe to say Mollie will be taking the Industry by storm.

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.

Ding Dong Daddios

Wednesday, 6th of February 2019

Ding Dong Daddios

Have you grinning like monkeys!


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.

MICHAEL MESSER’S MITRA

Tuesday, 12th of February 2019

A unique fusion of blues slide guitar, Hindustani classical slide guitar and tabla rhythms

Mitra is a unique musical trio and a true musical friendship. Mitra is a trio comprising British blues innovator and slide guitarist, Michael Messer, Hindustani slide guitar maestro from Mumbai India, Manish Pingle, and London-based tabla master, Gurdain Singh Rayatt. This is more than another meeting of musicians from different cultures, this is a band with a successful album and its own unique sound; an exhilarating and highly accessible fusion of blues and Hindustani classical music. With vocals, slide guitars and tabla, these three musicians from opposite sides of the globe create a fascinating musical journey, running from the banks of the Mississippi, via London to Mumbai and the Ganges delta.

The album, Call Of The Blues, was released in February 2016 and was immediately picked up by the blues and world music media, getting worldwide radio airplay and press coverage in more than 40 countries, and hitting #1 in the iTunes Blues Chart. 2016 also saw Michael Messer's Mitra with two successful UK tours, including shows at the Bush Hall in London and Musicport Festival.

Michael Messer - Vocals, Slide & Lap Steel Guitar
Manish Pingle - Indian Slide Guitar (Mohan Veena)
Gurdain Rayatt - Tabla

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

THE VÉRONIQUE JOLY QUARTET FEATURING ROGER BEAUJOLAIS

Tuesday, 19th of February 2019

Paris born jazz singer VÉRONIQUE JOLY makes her debut at The Crooked Billet with a quartet featuring vibraphone virtuoso ROGER BEAUJOLAIS.

Véronique paid her dues on the Paris music scene before moving to London where she sang at many of the capital’s top music venues. She was a featured vocalist on the BBC programme Rick Stein: French Odyssey but the last few years she has moved away from the pop/session world and has been focusing more on jazz.

Roger co-founded jump/jive band The Chevalier Brothers in the 1980's, was then a member of pop band Fairground Attraction & went on to be an Acid Jazz artist in the 1990's with his bands The Beaujolais Band & Vibraphonic. He has worked with the best of the UK jazz scene including Jim Mullen, Dave Newton, Mark Lockheart, Nigel Price and many others. He has also played on many sessions for other artists inc. Robert Plant, Duffy, Rumer, Alexander O'Neal, Paul Weller, Tony Allen, Morrissey & many more.

The quartet is completed by guitarist ROB PALMER (who has worked with Jamiroquai’s keyboard player Matt Johnson, saxophonist Theo Travis and pianist John Law) and bassist RODNEY TEAGUE (who has worked with pianist Ben Waters and saxophonist Don Weller).

The quartet will be playing a mixture of swing, Latin and smooth jazz sung in French, English and Portuguese. Come and check out Véronique’s velvet toned vocals alongside the magical sound of Roger’s vibraphone.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Geno Washington

Monday, 25th of February 2019

Geno Washington

Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band had two of the biggest selling UK albums of the 1960’s: “Hipsters, Flipsters & Finger Poppin’ Daddies” & “Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky-Butt” (49 weeks on the 1966 album chart, only outsold by Bridge Over Troubled Water).

In 1970 Geno left the UK, returned to the United States, recorded with the Beach Boys, retired from the music industry & studied hypnosis & meditation. He was persuaded to make a comeback in 1980 due to Dexys Midnight Runners hit single immortalizing Geno.

Geno  will be accompanied by Stuart Dixon, an incredibly talented blues guitarist & music producer. Stuart has toured internationally, making his mark on the world's blues scene with a number of successful acts including Never the Bride & Dani Wilde. He is the featured guitar player on a long list of studio releases by artists including Marcus Malone, Kirk Fletcher, Will Wilde, Cinqui & has even shared the stage with soul legend Eddie Floyd. His innovative & soulful performances are exciting, heartfelt & spine-tingling.

Geno is one of the most engaging, charismatic, soulful, hypnotic, high-energy soul & blues singers & we are honoured to welcome Geno & Stuart back to the Crooked Billet.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 5th of March 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.

Richard Digance

Monday, 11th of March 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.

St. Patricks Celebration

Sunday, 17th of March 2019 - Monday, 18th of March 2019

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.

Sunday 17th –  £25 music cover charge.

Monday 18th £2o music cover charge.

PIXIE & THE GYPSIES

Wednesday, 27th of March 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.

The Budapest Café Orchestra

Tuesday, 2nd of April 2019

The Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful & driving 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 the group’s 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!

Comprising four fabulous players of violins, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika, the BCO boasts some of the country’s most revered international stars: Eddie Hession has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras & Chris Rea & is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain; Chris Garrick is one of Europe’s most celebrated jazz violinists & has performed with Dane Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy & Duffy. The band boasts one of Russia’s most valuable exports in the shape of Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of strummed strings & buff recording engineer besides. Veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon has been in the business of laying down low-notes for many many moons. He is an original founding band member of BCO & remains its back bone & grounding force.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Gavin Povey

Wednesday, 10th of April 2019

World Class Boogie Pianist, Shakin' Stevens' Ivory Tickleler

I am Delighted to welcome Gavin Povey to the Crooked Billet. He’s played with everyone from Van Morrison to Finbar, from Steve Cropper to Shakin’ Stevens. In Shakin Stevens band, Gavin & fellow musicians were the biggest selling singles group of the 1980's - more than ABBA, Queen, Police more than any other UK artist. Piano players don’t come much more rock’n’roll than GAVIN POVEY. Gavin plays an eclectic style of Rythmn & Blues, including Boogie-Woogie, Swing, Stride, Funk and Rock & Roll. Mixed in with this elixir are hints of Jazz, Country and Blues. Gavin began learning to play the piano at the age of 5 and discovered Rhythm and Blues at the age of 13 when he heard Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson perform Boogie Woogie Man, A lifetime of touring and recording followed. Gavin has recently toured with Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes. He has also toured, performed and recorded with such artists as Dave Edmunds, Kirsty MacColl and Van Morrison

Gavin's bringing his fabulously-named New Orleans friends The Fabulous Oke-She-Moke-She-Pops to the Crooked Billet. Simon Farrell:Double Bass & Shane Atlas: Drums

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Nine Below Zero

Tuesday, 16th of April 2019

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!"

 

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Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Dean Friedman

Monday, 13th of May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th of May 2019

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.

JOHN ETHERIDGE SWEET CHORUS

Tuesday, 21st of May 2019

john etheridge

Astonishing World Class Jazz Guitarist

Delighted to welcome back this astonishing jazz guitarist & much loved musician, always one of the most popular artists in our What’s On listings.

Etheridge enjoyed enormous notoriety with legendary jazz-fusion band The Soft Machine. He has recorded & toured with Birelli Lagreme, Nigel Kennedy, Andy Summers & John Williams (you might have seen John Etheridge & John Williams playing together at Henley Festival). John Etheridge was also associated with Stéphane Grappelli for many, many years. He’s had numerous television appearances, recordings, festivals & tours – treating the world to the very finest gypsy jazz & hot club swing.

On Monday 20th May John will be joined by Crooked Billet favourites Chris Garrick, guitar, Andy Crowdy, double bass & Dave Kelbie, rhythm guitar. This will be a magical evening – a rare treat o find such musicians in the intimacy of such a tiny venue.

“I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” Sting (The Guardian, 1991).

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

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