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!

Mirth & Music

Wednesday, 5th of November 2014


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. £15 music cover charge.

Micky Moody Band

Tuesday, 11th of November 2014

Micky Moody

Rocking Blues, Swampy, Sultry Soul

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, who opened last year’s Henley Blues & Jazz Festival to rave reviews, 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. He recently appeared in the BBC television documentary “Great British Rock Guitarists” along with Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore & Tony Iommi.

On Tuesday 11th November Micky is joined by Pete Rees, a highly-respected bass player who was the regular bassist for Gary Moore until his untimely death; an in-demand session man who has also worked with Bobby Tench & Papa George. Vocals from 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.

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. £12.50 music cover charge.

George Montague

Wednesday, 12th of November 2014

George Montague

I “witnessed” George at the Henley Festival, my ‘pop-up’ Crooked Billet was next to his stage. A thousand Henley-ites went mental; George & his band tore the place apart. Accompanied by bass, drums & saxophone, Montague’s principally piano-based set at the Festival was an explosion of creativity, passion & fun. Lots of passion. Bucketful’s of fun. A formidable talent as composer, multi-instrumentalist & all-round showman.

On the rockier side of jazz, Montague sits somewhere between Michael Bublé, Mika & Jamie Cullum. His debut album “Have You Met George?” produced by Paul McCartney’s engineer Matt Butler & recorded at Rockfield Studios, the birthplace of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody & Coldplay’s debut album.

His introduction to music aged 9 learning double bass; by 11 he’d progressed to piano & guitar. George’s brand of Funky Swagger Jazz – a combination of funk, jazz, rock & pop – comes from his varied influences. He was exposed to music at an early age with his parents listening to the likes of Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Brubeck, Billy Joel, Elton John & Sinatra. There is an extraordinary aura around George during his performance & he admits that he can’t control his excitement for live gigs; full of energy with a pure sense of joy when he plays. He played at the 2012 Olympics.

On 12th November, accompaniment from the consummate drummer Paul Bond, sublime bassist Harry (The Hat) & Tom ‘Hoops’ Hooper, one of the UK’s sexiest saxophonists. With five million views on YouTube, I bet you dinner for two that George is a global superstar by this time next year (or at least on Graham Norton).

“Charismatic & talented pianist & songwriter... charming & original” Elton John.

“May contain nuts!” Mike Read BBC Radio Berkshire.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Mick Ralphs Blues Band

Monday, 17th of November 2014

Mick Ralphs

Mick Ralphs formed Mott the Hoople with Ian Hunter in the late 60’s. Mick went on to form Bad Company with Paul Rodgers. Mott the Hoople & Bad Company dominated the 70’s charts worldwide. 18 British hit singles, 60 million global record sales (& 31 Top of the Pops appearances!) Bad Company’s self-titled debut album received immediate world recognition, N° 1 platinum in the US charts. In 1974 they were the most successful British rock band in America (not Zeppelin, Purple, Sabbath, The Who or The Stones).

As a session guitarist Mick has recorded with Dave Gilmour, Jon Lord, George Harrison, Lonnie Donegan, Jim Capaldi & The Who (much of the rich bluesy guitar on “Tommy” is Ralphs).

Mick is still knocking out those killer searing solos with killer Les Paul tone & peculiarly British blues shuffle. Mick Ralphs is a lion of British blues; there at the beginning & still filling stadiums worldwide today with Mott the Hoople & Bad Company – despite his morbid fear of flying. George Harrison released a track co-written with Mick “Flying Hour”….motivated by Mick’s aerophobia.

Monday 17th November, Mick is joined by former Bad C° bassist Dickie Baldwin, who's worked with Bad Company's Robert Hart, Albert Lee & The Pretenders. On drums – Adam Perry, a rocker with a feel for jazz & blues, also drummer with metal legends Asylum. Sonny Boy Williamson inspired vocals & harmonica from Stuart Maxwell, also fronts blues legends The Shufflepack. Guitar & vocal accompaniment from virtuoso slide player Jim Maving.

Expect an evening of blues & R&B roots, Mick’s earlier bluesy Mott material (not the glam rock stuff!) & Bad C° inspired blues. What else should we expect from the inventor of blues rock!

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Chris Jagger

Wednesday, 26th of November 2014

Chris Jagger

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.

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.


to those attending any two November music nights

Jazz & Blues


Free gift. Extremely limited edition. Never for sale. One cd between every two guests.

Christmas Party Nights with Ben Waters

Monday, 1st of December 2014 - Tuesday, 2nd of December 2014

Ben Waters

Ben Waters the Ultimate Party Band

We love Ben! Foot-stomping boogie piano, great food – the full regular menu or fixed price December menu. Mistletoe, hats, crackers, everybody gets a dip in the Secret Santa.

A party isn't a party without Ben. Since the release of his recent album “Boogie 4 Stu”, a magical collaboration with all members of the Rolling Stones, Ben’s touring schedule has been more hectic than ever, including the brilliant performance with Jools Holland on “Later…”. Ben’s album celebrates the life & music of Stone’s keyboard player Ian Stewart with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation & the first record in over 2 decades to feature Bill Wyman with Mick, Ronnie, Keith & Charlie.

Ben Waters, exceptional Boogie pianist, is quite simply one of the most talented guys around. If you haven’t experienced him live, I can’t recommend the evening enough – always a foot-stomping resounding triumph, leaving the audience wanting encores. Ben’s reputation is global, a favourite on the festival circuit: Barbados Rhythm & Jazz Festival, Henley Festival, Glastonbury.

Full regular menu. £17 music cover charge.


Sunday, 7th of December 2014


Top of the Pops & Radio 1 Legend

We all know Mike as a much loved presenter of Top of the Pops, Saturday Superstore, Pop Quiz (10 million viewers no less!) & Radio 1. Not to mention numerous other television shows, including a recent jaunt in the jungle on “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here”.

Mike also presents “Food on Friday” with me every week on BBC Radio Berkshire FM's 104.1 (Hampshire), 104.4 (Reading), 94.6 (Henley) & 95.4 (Windsor), 2-3pm – light-hearted foodie chat, recipes & kitchen helpline.

On Sunday 7th December Mike is joined be his musical chums for an utterly entertaining evening of Christmas cheer, song & general silliness. Obviously the obligatory Christmas Pop Quiz (autographed guitar for winner).

Incidentally Mike has written numerous hit records for artists including Cliff Richard, Robin Gibb & Gene Pitney; Mike’s also a decent guitarist. In 2009 he penned a Christmas single with Wizzard’s Roy Wood & Slade’s Dave Hill.



♫♫ Mike Read, Mike Read, 275 & 285, Mike Read, Mike Read, National Radio One ♫♫

Full regular menu. £12 music cover charge.


Monday, 15th of December 2014


Featuring the D'Oyly Carte Choristers

A magical Christmassy evening presented in the beautiful new centrally heated marquee, draped with a warm crimson lining. Unlike our regular music nights, our 18 choristers will sing before supper. Arrive 7pm to enjoy the festive programme of winter song, popular carols & some special solo performances; lasting approximately 1½ hours. Complimentary canapés & chestnuts (roasted on an open fire!) served during the performance to whet appetites. Supper served thereafter. Christmas crackers, mulled wine, mince pies will of course be provided. As an added bonus, a sensational jazz band featuring the talented young saxophonist Tom Waters will play during supper.

Carol lyric sheets handed out for congregation participation.

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.

Andy Crowdy’s Led Zeppelin Project

Monday, 5th of January 2015 - Tuesday, 6th of January 2015

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. Will Jimmy Page’s mum come along again this year?

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.


Monday, 26th of January 2015

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. £15 music cover charge.

Tom Leary & Friends

Wednesday, 4th of February 2015

Tom Leary

Bluesy, Folky, Rootsy

Loved, legendary, Lindisfarne violinst & Feast of Fiddles front man, not to mention a big part of Fairport Convention & Steve Gibbons Band.

With VERY SPECIAL GUESTS for an evening of rootsy, bluesy, folky, exquisite musicianship, top entertainment & a bucket load of humour.

Full regular menu. £12 music cover charge.

Rag Mama Rag

Tuesday, 3rd of March 2015

Rag Mama Rag

Boogie Rag Time

I’m really looking forward to welcoming RAG MAMA RAG back to the Crooked Billet.

Their repertoire is 20’s & 30’s blues based but extremely varied; encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime, early white country tunes, original compositions & many other regional styles of early to mid 1900’s Americana.

One of Europe’s finest toe-tapping, bluesy, boogie country acts. Ashley Dow & Deborah play a wide range of instruments, acoustic guitars, resophonics, bottleneck guitar, acoustic lap steel, ukulele, harmonica, washboard & extremely fine vocals.

With recent live performances on “Later…With Jools Holland” & Paul Jones’ Radio 2 Show, they are enjoying a huge profile & enthusiastic following. They’ve notched up many years of superb shows at the pub, built up a massive Crooked Billet following & always go down a storm.

Full regular menu. £8 music cover charge.

St. Patricks Night Celebration

Tuesday, 17th of March 2015

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. £20 music cover charge.

Never The Bride

Wednesday, 1st of April 2015

Never The Bride

Featuring international music stars Nikki Lamborn and Catherine Feeny, whose luminous, inspirational, edgy take on Rock n Roll make headlines everywhere.

BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris calls them “an absolutely brilliant band, one of the best live bands in Britain.”

Bristol­born Nikki Lamborn, an intense singer with radiant charisma is magnificently accompanied by Glaswegian Catherine ‘Been’ Feeney, gifted on piano, keyboard and guitar. The two have written, recorded and toured internationally for over 25 years with a band of talented musicians.

They have played with an awe­inspiring who’s who of music.On one occasion at The Royal Albert Hall in London, Roger Daltrey held up Nikki’s hand and shouted out, “Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis.”

Never The Bride is noted for their ballsy style of musicianship and vocal powerhouse approach. Their song "The Living Tree" was a hit for Dame Shirley Bassey and they masterminded her memorable Glastonbury appearance and produced her Top Ten UK album "Get The Party Started."

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz

Monday, 13th of April 2015

Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz

Delta Blues

Paul Lamb is respected worldwide as Europe’s top blues musician & entertainer having forged himself a place in the history books as one of the greatest players of our time. He has won countless awards, sold record-breaking quantities of albums & performed all over the world with his longstanding musical compatriots The King Snakes. Inducted into the British Blues Hall of Fame, Lamb continues to bring his infectious brand of music to fans around the globe.

Paul is joined by the experienced vocalist & guitarist Chad Strentz. With a reputation as one of the best blues singers in Europe, Chad has enjoyed huge success all over Europe, extensively touring Europe with Paul Lamb & The King Snakes.

The Crooked Billet can’t wait to welcome this duo with their acoustic blend of blues, soul, rockabilly & more.

Full regular menu. £10 music cover charge.


Wednesday, 20th of May 2015

Kieran Goss

With Special Guest: Annie Kinsella

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.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article