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!

Dave Pegg & Anthony John Clarke

Wednesday, 2nd of December 2015


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.

Full regular menu. £17 music cover charge.

Mollie Marriott & Friends

Monday, 7th of December 2015

Mollie Marriott

Stunning contemporary blues & soul vocalist

We have enjoyed superb previous Mollie Marriott shows, with her old band “Union Chain.” On 7th December Mollie returns on solo lead vocal with exquisite singers & musicians.

Daughter of Steve Marriott, Mollie followed on in the family tradition by going on stage early. Her first record deal was as a member of girl band D2M at the age of 12. Proving she can rock like her father, Mollie at the tender age of 15 recorded vocals with Oasis on their album Heathen Chemistry. She has also recorded & toured with Paul Weller, Ronnie Wood, Joe Brown, Mark Knopfler & Beyonce.

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.

Richard Digance Christmas Show

Sunday, 13th of December 2015

Richard Digance

Winter Tales & Seasonal Song

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.

Mick Wilson

Sunday, 20th of December 2015

Mick Wilson

From 10CC. Playing all the Hits.

Mick's love for music started when his parents bought him a guitar for Christmas in 1969 and, far from being the 5-minute wonder that was anticipated, it started a life-long passion for pop music that is just as strong today as it was then. In fact Mick still owns his first guitar, which can be seen at the back of the CD booklet on his new album, “So The Story Goes”

Turning to the Bass Guitar (yes, he still has that one too!) and teaming up with his elder brother Dave, they formed a band called Flame that played locally around their home town of Barking in Essex. This eventually led to a meeting with Alan Blakely from The Tremeloes, who was looking for a band to produce. Mick’s first taste of a real studio was at the age of 14 when he recorded the lead vocals to the band’s first single – a cover of Frankie Lyman’s “Teenager In Love”.

For the next few years, the band released more Blakely-produced material, appearing live and on TV shows both in the UK and Europe, culminating in a record deal with EMI (recording the single at the famous Abbey Road Studio 2) and supporting stable-mates, The Rubettes on a European stadium tour in the late 70’s.

The 80’s saw Mick learning his craft and playing in various bands in and around London, but eventually put down the bass and started performing and recording just as a vocalist. Since then, Mick has performed and recorded with artists such as: Lionel Ritchie, Alice Cooper, Kylie Minogue, Alison Moyet, Chris Rea, Donny Osmond, Robin Gibb, Westlife, Cliff Richard, Cher, Lulu and the K.L.F. He is also a regular member of The SAS Band which play all over the world with guest artistes including: Brian May, Roger Taylor, Roger Daltrey, Paul Young, Kiki Dee and Tony Hadley.

He also is the lead vocalist for Three Friends, playing the music of Gentle Giant and featuring two members of the original line-up - Gary Green and Malcolm Mortimore.

Alongside live performances, Mick has had his own recording and production facility for over 20 years, which has been the base for a varied career as a producer and songwriter, as well as composing music for T.V. and live events for companies such as: Sky, BBC, ITV, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, B.T., Levi’s, Toyota, Mercedes, Ford, Reebok and Mitsubishi.

Since joining Graham Gouldman for an acoustic set at the Green Room in London’s Café Royal over 10 years ago, Mick has become a regular in the latest incarnation of 10cc, taking on Lead Vocal duties & playing percussion, guitar & keyboards. Mick & Graham have also performed acoustic sets at numerous charity events including the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Mick continues to be a much in demand session vocalist not just in & around London, where he is based, but also abroad in Holland, Belgium & Germany. Mick featured as one of the guest vocalists on a series of concerts across Spain with a 40 –piece symphony orchestra & rock band, playing the music of Queen.

This is certainly one not to miss!

Full regular menu. £17.50 music cover charge.

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, 31st of December 2015

John Coghlan's Quo

In the lounge, attached to the pub, draped in twinkling midnight starcloth. From STATUS QUO, original band member, John Coghlan’s Quo, classic guitars, bass & drums line up.

A full dinner menu with the usual loved selection of Crooked Billet starters, mains & desserts. The Crooked Billet Jazz band will perform during dinner. Arrival nibbles with our compliments.

John Coghlan’s Quo will perform 2 sets, the latter set, will countdown to midnight, we’ve persuaded them to perform a 12 bar boogie Auld Lang Syne, dance to all the classic 60’s, 70’s & 80’s hits that John Coghlan recorded & performed on Top of the Pops. Nonstop hits.

Dress code. Party, black tie, rock ‘n roll. Carriages at 1.00am.

The centrally heated marquee lounge attached to the pub features a dance area. Tables will be reserved on a first come basis, those booking first getting the front row tables.

However, there are only 100 tickets for this very special party, regardless of where your dinner table is for the evening, a great view & atmosphere is guaranteed.

£125 per head includes arrival nibbles, 3 course dinner with choice from a full menu, dinner jazz & John Coghlan’s Quo. Service charges at 10% will be added to bills.

Telephone the pub for tickets, 01491 681 048.

Full regular menu. £125 music cover charge.

Pete Lincoln

Monday, 4th of January 2016

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. £15 music cover charge.

Andy Crowdy’s Led Zeppelin Project

Tuesday, 5th of January 2016 - Wednesday, 6th of January 2016

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.

The Man Band

Monday, 11th of January 2016

the Man Band

(because we're not a boy band)


Starring from The Pogues, hKippers, Holby City, Eastenders, Global Village, Wizzard, Bill Haley & The Comets, The Mysterious Wheels, various West End productions & the Shopping Channel.


A band packed with musicianship, theatrical thespianship & unique chemistry. Playing a musical gumbo of recognisable classics & tasty new tunes. Un-pigeon-hole-able. An utterly entertaining show from four Great British eccentrics. Flavours of New Orleans, Motown, Soul, Marley & Tom Waits.

A “one-off” entertainment spectacular that will leave you grinning like monkeys. Blow the January blues away & book your table.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.


Monday, 25th of January 2016

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.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Wednesday, 10th of February 2016

Rebecca Poole

"A smouldering English rose, Britain’s Norah Jones" The Independent

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. 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. £15 music cover charge.

Moscow Drug Club

Tuesday, 16th of February 2016

Moscow Drug Club

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.


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.


Monday, 22nd of February 2016


Starring Sarah Jane Buckley & her Exquisite Musicians

Sarah Jane Buckley starred as Eva Cassidy in the West End show “Songbird” detailing Eva Cassidy’s life story. After huge critical acclaim, Sarah & the show toured Britain & Europe.
Eva’s music only came to prominence in this country following her untimely early death. Three No1 UK hits, eleven chart hits & three hit albums.
Sarah Jane Buckley is possibly best known for playing Kathy Bares in Channel 4’s hit soap “Hollyoaks” & for her appearances on the ITV show “Loose Women”. Sarah, also a regular West End theatre performer recently starred alongside Toyah Wilcox in the hilarious hit comedy “Hormonal Housewives”. An active ambassador for The Prince's Trust & occasional guest vocalist with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Monday 22nd February Sarah is accompanied by her exquisite band of musicians, including Crooked Billet favourite guitarist & musical director Tom Anderson.
Sarah is recognised as the world’s leading Eva Cassidy interpreter, whilst her voice is almost an exact likeness of the original, the performance is most certainly not a “tribute act” but a celebration of Eva Cassidy delivered with beguiling power & tenderness, every song performed with expert precision.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Bobby Cochran’s Band “Somethin’ Else”

Monday, 29th of February 2016

Bobby Cochran

Bobby Cochran, lead guitarist, singer, writer & producer, was influenced at an early age by his uncle Eddie Cochran *(Summertime Blues, My Way, Twenty Flight Rock, Something Else...). At 13 he set his aim on becoming a master guitarist & went on to play in many prominent groups including Steppenwold, Grateful Dead, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat, Weather Report & The Righteous Brothers. Guitar Player Magazine described Bobby as "exhilarating, one of the 12 best guitarists in the world, his playing glistens with spontaneity, brilliant".

Bobby has been compared to some of the greats - Jimi Hendrix, Danny Gatton, Duane Allman, Albert Lee & Eric Clapton. He is virtuoso in many styles of playing - rock 'n' roll, country, slide, rockabilly surf! & will perform all these styles at his Crooked Billet show.

Bobby will be accompanied by equally salubrious musicians, drum, bass & guitar, Peter Baron & Brian Hodgson from Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroe's & Billy Bremner (Dave Edmonds, Nick Lowe & Rockpile). Astonishing talent in the intimacy of a small dining room.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.


Tuesday, 31st of May 2016

Peter Howarth

Vocalist with Iconic Band The Hollies

A very special evening with The Hollies vocalist Peter Howarth in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet. Peter, his guitar, all The Hollies its, peppered with other favourite songs from an incredible career.

Although Peter is lead vocalist with The Hollies, he has also worked with The Who on 'Quadrophenia’, 10cc & spent two decades singing, touring & recording with the legendary Sir Cliff Richard.

Peter has also had a successful career in the West End - playing guitar in ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, writing & starring in the musical ‘Robin Prince of Sherwood’ & playing Roy Orbison in the ‘Roy Orbison Story’ & ‘Four Steps to Heaven.’

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article