Music Nights | The Crooked Billet

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!

Mike D’Abo

Tuesday, 21st of August 2018

Legendary Manfred’s Composer & Singer

Mike D’Abo composed the massive hit single “Handbags & Gladrags,” when he performs it at the Crooked Billet I get goose bumps. This unassuming, down to earth man has made a phenomenal contribution to modern popular music. As front man & writer of Manfred Mann, his hits include “Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James”, “Just Like a Woman”, “Ragamuffin Man”, “Ha Ha Said the Clown”, “My Name is Jack”, “Mighty Quinn”, “Handbags & Gladrags” – also a hit for the Stereophonics, Chris Farlowe & Rod Stewart, subsequently became the theme music to BBC’s “The Office.”

Mike talks candidly about his career & will play all the hits. Handbags & Gladrags – feel the hairs on your neck prickle! Forgot to say – he also wrote “Build Me Up Buttercup” for The Foundations!

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Otway & Barrett

Tuesday, 28th of August 2018

I am Delighted to welcome back John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett back to the Crooked Billet for a come back gig. Although their first single, "Gypsy"/"Misty Mountain" was released in 1972, Otway & Barrett first found notoriety on the back of punk rock & a gymnastic performance of their hit "Really Free" on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977.
Many years later, & after countless breakups & reunions, this pair of eccentrics are still pleasing, perplexing & astounding audiences with their original performances. These days Otway does less of the acrobatics, but is none the less riveting to watch, whilst Barrett continues to come up with new & outlandish musical instruments (including a wah wah wheelie bin & a bagpuss).
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Full regular menu. £24 music cover charge.

Moscow Drug Club

Tuesday, 4th of September 2018

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.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Wednesday, 12th of September 2018

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.

BLUE GUMBO TRIO

Tuesday, 18th of September 2018

Boogie Woogie, Swing, Blues & New Orleans Style

Delighted to welcome Blue Gumbo Trio to the Crooked Billet : Adrian Dixon (Piano and vocals), Rob Rickenberg (bass & backing vocals) and Neil Bullock (drums), who combine to bring you Rockin' Rhythms and Rollin' Blues. Expect a night of uptempo and fun performance.

Band member details:
Adrian Dixon: Has supported Jools Holland on numerous occasions. Toured with the Ska band Bad Manners for 5 years.
Keyboard player for Eddie Floyd for 4 years. Also played keyboard with Freeez, the 80's jazz funk band.

Neil Bullock, drums; has worked with Chaka Khan, Beverly Knight, Mica Paris, BBC Big Band, Jean Toussaint.

Rob Rickenburg, upright bass; has worked with The Jive Aces, Diana Krall, Blue Harlem, Will Gaines.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Pete Lincoln

Tuesday, 25th of September 2018 - Wednesday, 26th of September 2018

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.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Wednesday, 3rd of October 2018

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.

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Monday, 8th of October 2018

Utterly Amazing Upbeat Gypsy Jazz          

The Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful 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 their 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!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Glenn Tilbrook

Tuesday, 16th of October 2018

Glenn Tillbrook

From Squeeze

We're delighted to welcome back Glenn Tilbrook, one of Britain’s most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters, for a special solo show. There is no denying Glenn has been pretty busy over the last couple of years - such is the continuing work ethic of a fellow who’s never been far from the action since Squeeze made their recording bow with the Packet Of Three EP in 1977.

Following the release of his solo album ‘Happy Ending’ in 2014, Glenn embarked on the critically acclaimed ‘At Odds Couple’ UK and US acoustic tours with long-time collaborator Chris Difford - we've been lucky enough to host two of these shows at the Crooked Billet. In 2015 Glenn and his Squeeze bandmates wrote, recorded and released their first album of new material in eighteen years - which was written for the BBC drama of the same name, inspired by the memoirs of friend Danny Baker. It was a glorious musical return, ‘Cradle To The Grave’ was met with rave reviews and entered the UK Official Album Chart at number 12. The band embarked on a sold–out tour across the UK, including a packed out date at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

As 2015 drew to a close – without stopping to catch their breath- Glenn and Chris headed to the US for an extensive acoustic tour. 2016 has kicked off no differently – Squeeze were a viral sensation in January after a castigating performance on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr show.

Anyone who has witnessed Glenn on the live stage can attest to the properness of his doings, as it were. Armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-inducing great songs, there are few musicians able to connect with their audience on such an immediate and warm level. The ever burgeoning festival circuit is frequently enriched by Tilbrook the troubadour, whether he be leafing through his own plentiful back pages or dashing off impromptu audience requests ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Tony Orlando & Dawn, and all points in-between.

Full regular menu. £24 music cover charge.

KAMAO QUARTET

Tuesday, 23rd of October 2018

Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Traditional Romani songs

The Kamao Quartet take their inspiration from the legacy of the great Django Reinhardt and traditional Manouche and Romani music. Fronted by singer and guitarist Jean de Talhouet, the band includes clarinet (Dave Shulman), gypsy guitars (Harry Sankey), and double bass (Ruth Goller), creating a beautiful sound that complements the vocals with haunting and lyrical harmonies. Their repertoire ranges from bebop and hot swinging jazz featuring captivating virtuoso improvisations, to traditional Romani songs, as well as personal compositions.. Lively and full of soul. Kamao Quartet are regulars on the London scene and the UK including the Vortex Jazz Club, St James Theatre in Victoria, the Royal Albert Hall, the Green Note, Sands Films, the Quecumbar.  a night of beautiful music.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Dave Kelly

Tuesday, 6th of November 2018

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.

Aurora Chanson Trio – Parisian Songbird

Wednesday, 14th of November 2018

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. £15 music cover charge.

AN EVENING WITH BOB HARRIS OBE

Wednesday, 5th of December 2018

Bob Harris & Special Guest

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 a special guest

Our thanks to Bob Harris for this very special one off evening. www.bobharris.org

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article