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!

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.

Andy Crowdy’s Led Zeppelin Project

Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 - Friday, 3rd of January 2020

Andy Crowdy's Led Zeppelin Project

Five outstanding musicians pay tribute to the compositions of Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, celebrating the music of one of the world’s most auspicious bands.

A January tradition for the Crooked Billet. One of my favourite memories of previous years being Jimmy Page’s beautiful mum turning up to watch these guys – 5 hardened jazz musicians absolutely petrified at not doing justice to a senior citizens sons compositions!

Featuring Crooked Billet favourite Andy Crowdy, normally to be found hiding behind his double bass – on this occasion, keyboard & rhythm guitar. Ady Davey, vocals – who has been involved with the Zeppelin project since the 70’s. Daisy Palmer from Goldfrapp, drums. Jerry Soffe, bass – he’s worked with Robert Wyatt, Portishead & John Paul Jones’ daughter. The acclaimed jazz guitarist Denny Ilett on lead guitar – Denny has also worked with Kasabian, Portishead & James Brown’s band. The Zeppelin Project aren’t a ‘tribute’ band – no wigs, no platform boots; just spectacular music. Tremendous fun, tremendous volume & a perfect end to the Christmas holidays.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

OPHELIA RAY

Monday, 6th of January 2020

Since the Band’s inception at the start of 2019 they have gained a loyal following and upward traction from being featured on several BBC Introducing radio presentations (local territories) and from various live performances at local venues and outdoor festivals around the home counties and Bath area. Most recently the Band appeared at the prestigious and renowned Henley Festival (2019).

Singer Song Writer OPHELIA RAY started singing at age 6. By age 13 she was taking her Grade 8 classical singing exams. Ophelia is also an accomplished artist, photographer and poet - as such her various projects fit perfectly alongside her ultimate and driving passion for musical composition, aestheticism and performance.

Pianist JOE PIKE has been passionate about playing piano from a young age and has been a full time pianist for the last 11 years
since graduating from the London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since graduating Joe has played extensively, appearing at venues
across the UK and throughout Europe showcasing myriad genres within his eclectic solo performances.

Guitarist EDWARD BETTELLA has been performing for 15 years in many diverse musical projects, having learned his craft under the world renowned virtuoso guitarist Guthrie Govan. Edward is also a classically trained pianist and composer, working in several fields including live performance and scoring to film and art commissions.

Full regular menu. £12 music cover charge.

Oscar Peterson’s Night Train

Tuesday, 14th of January 2020

Performed by Craig Milverton, Charlie Stratford & Andy Crowdy

Craig Milverton is firmly established as one of Britain’s Top Jazz Pianists. "A master of whatever he chooses to perform", Humphrey Lyttleton, "An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing" Jazz CD of the Month, Dave Gelly, The Observer. "The best pianist to come along in Britain in the last 2 decades, and the nearest to the great Oscar Peterson" Digby Fairweather. Just three of the quotes extolling Craigs jazz talent. This has been recognised by winning the Jazz Piano Category of The British Jazz Awards in 2010.

In his latest project, 'A Tribute To Oscar Peterson' Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz Pianists, and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. This show highlights all the great recordings of Oscar from his biggest hit 'Tenderly', to his best selling Album 'Night Train' and also focuses on his great compositions including ‘The Canadiana Suite’ celebrating his homeland of Canada.

Craig recorded his tribute to Oscar in 2007 and has received top reviews in all the Jazz Press and featured at some big festivals including Brecon, London and Swanage and has performed at many top venues including Ronnie Scotts, Dean St Pizza Express and the Concorde Club. This concert is a must for all Peterson fans and all those people who love Jazz that swings.
Appearing with Craig are two of the most talented musicians on the jazz scene Charlie Stratford & Crooked Billet favourite Andy Crowdy, the classic Peterson piano, bass & precision trio.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

The Gary Fletcher Band

Tuesday, 21st of January 2020

A Supergroup Staring the CREAM of British Blues Musicians

Goodness. I'm so lucky Gary likes my cooking enough to continue bringing his chums here for these supergroup jam nights. Three of the UK’s most respected blues musicians play together: Alan Glen, Gary Fletcher & Tom Leary.

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: Violin. Previously recorded and toured with Lindisfarne & Feast of Fiddles.

This will obviously be a very special evening!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

BURNS CELEBRATION – TOP CÉILIDH BAND, KIPPERS & KILTS.

Monday, 27th of January 2020

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.

Chris Jagger with special guests Charlie Hart & Ellie Mackrell

Wednesday, 5th of February 2020

Chris Jagger

Rootsy Bluesy Acoustic Foot Stomper
Chris & his utterly delicious 3-piece rootsy, bluesy, rocking, acoustic band. Classic Jagger vocals, sweet & sour harmonies, guitar, fiddle & double bass. Always one of our most popular music evenings.
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. £15 music cover charge.

Members of the DARTS !! DADDY COOL!!

Monday, 10th of February 2020

Killer Doves Band

 

Starring DEN HEGARTY, THUMP THOMSON, NOSMO GOTHERIDGE, DUNCAN KERR, GRANT THATCHER & PAT WINN.

A crazy evening of 1950's Bee- Bop, Jive, Rock- n - Roll Fronted by DARTS legend Den Hegarty & Pat Winn exceptional rockability tight harmonies, foot stomping early rock- n- roll & top of the pops entertainment. The Darts first came to prominence in the 70's, dominating the charts with hits including 'Daddy Cool', 'Boy from New York City' , 'The Girl Cant Help It' & 'Its Raining'. Pat Winn is currently promoting his new album 'Wanted In Recption' signed to Star Records

 

If you like the Ding Dong Daddios you'll love this lots

Full regular menu. £22 music cover charge.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Wednesday, 19th of February 2020

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.

GARY POTTER QUARTET

Tuesday, 25th of February 2020

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.

Micky Moody & ALI MAAS

Wednesday, 4th of March 2020

With Very Special Guest Stuart Dixon on Fender Telecaster Guitar

Needing absolutely no introduction, I’m delighted to welcome back Micky Moody one of Britain’s finest purveyors of slide, blue grass, blues, acoustic & electric early rock ‘n’ roll guitar.

This acclaimed guitarist, returns 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.

On Wednesday 4th March Micky is joined by  Ali Maas, a singer from an early age & wrote all material for her original Indie Rock band McQueen before immersing herself with passion & power into the blues. She has her own band, The Ali Maas Band, & sings on a regular basis with the likes of Alan Glen & Papa George.  Ali is also a talented & respected artist. Stuart Dixon on the Fender Telecaster guitar, Staurt has toured internationally, making his mark on the world's blues and blues/rock scene with a number of successful acts including Geno Washington, Kirk Fletcher, Never the Bride and Dani Wilde. He is the featured guitar player on a long list of studio releases by artists including Marcus Malone, Will Wilde, Cinqui, and has even shared the stage with soul legend Eddie Floyd. His innovative and soulful performances are exciting, heartfelt and spine-tingling.

 

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

St. Patricks Celebration

Monday, 16th of March 2020 - Tuesday, 17th of March 2020

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.

Monday 16th –  £20 music cover charge.

Tuesday 17th £25 music cover charge.

CLEARWATER CREEDANCE REVIVAL

Monday, 23rd of March 2020

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.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 5th of May 2020

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, 12th of October 2020

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.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article