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!

START THE YEAR WITH A DONG Ding Dong Daddios

Thursday, 1st of January 2015

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. £12 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.

Pete Lincoln

Tuesday, 13th of January 2015 - Wednesday, 14th of January 2015

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. £12.50 music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 20th of January 2015

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’.

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.

BURNS NIGHT – TOP CÉILIDH BAND, KIPPERS & KILTS.

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

Rootsy Bluesy Folky Rockin’ Good Evening

Tom Leary has become a popular regular face at the Crooked Billet music nights - playing fiddle with our stripped down version of Geordie folk legends Lindisfarne, Fairport Convention, Richard Digance & Gary Fletcher’s All Stars. It’s about time he had his own music night!

Tom grew up in County Durham, he’s a multi-instrumentalist & one of Britain’s most in demand fiddle players. He fronts the incredible festival band Feast of Fiddles; violinist in legendary Geordie band Lindisfarne; you’ll remember him playing fiddle in ELO; also a member of Steve Gibbons band. He’s currently recording a bit of heavy metal fiddles with Saxon!

On Wednesday 4th February expect a blinking brilliant evening of quite simply outstanding musicianship, wit & song. Predominantly rootsy but with splashes of blues, jazz, folk & rock ‘n’ roll.

Percussion from Hughie Flint - originally with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers before joining Clapton’s band & recording the famous 1966 Beano album. He joined Alexis Korner & Savoy Brown’s band before forming McGuinness Flint who enjoyed hit singles with “When I’m Dead & Gone” & “Malt & Barley Blues”. Hughie is also a drummer in the Bonzo Dog Band.

Barney Newman will bring his guitars, banjo & harmonica & his voluptuous vocals.

There’s every chance more of Tom’s friends will turn up & jam in!

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Steve Whalley Band

Wednesday, 11th of February 2015

Steve Whalley

SLADE. LEGENDARY R&B VOCALIST. MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST.

A brilliant evening of mixed musical styles, blues, folk, country, rock 'n' roll. Incredible band, guitars, bass, percussion, mandolin & spectacular harmonies.

Whilst Steve doesn't usually feature SLADE in his set, having spent 15 years with the biggest selling band of the 70's, I've persuaded him to include a couple of their hits.

Steve Whalley has drawn the attention of & consequently forged working collaborations with some of the very foundations of British & American popular & traditional music. Some artists include Chuck Berry, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, James Burton, Jerry Donohue, Sir Cliff Richard, T.Rex & the list goes on.

With reference to James Burton, Steve was the choice as frontman vocalist/guitar for the promotion of the “James Burton” signature series “Telecaster” for Fender UK Ltd. This event covered by the National press with Sir Cliff Richard & Shakin’ Stevens singing backup vocals. As an artist touring the world at high profile level, to this day he is equally at home in small clubs as he is in a Grand Concert Hall.

In Between his own shows, Steve took over for Noddy Holder as the frontman for 70’s powerhouse group Slade for 16 years. It was during these years he worked with all the big acts of that era, in particular the legendary T.Rex which featured his friend & confidante, drummer Paul Fenton & the great Mickey Finn.

Wherever Steve appears, the audience is left spellbound by his powerful rock & soulful voice. His guitar style combines immense power & unorthodox savvy, ranging from cooderesque Slide/Bottleneck, thru Gospel, Soul, Rock & more. Steve has recorded for the major labels such as Phonogram, Mercury, Zomba & Spectra.

Steve is currently on tour with the Rock Classic All Stars for Alba concerts in Germany as well as his own show featuring slide acoustic, mandolin & hot strat, peppered with great humour & an endearing sense of humility. In his own words, “An Honest Broker in the Bank of Melodies.”

Full regular menu. £12.50 music cover charge.

Purdy (Rebecca Poole)

Tuesday, 17th of February 2015

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. £20 music cover charge.

JOHN ETHERIDGE SWEET CHORUS

Wednesday, 25th of February 2015

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 Wednesday 25th February 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 to 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.

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.

Nine Below Zero

Monday, 23rd of March 2015

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!"

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.

Richard Digance

Wednesday, 6th of May 2015

Richard Digance

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. £15 music cover charge.

Dean Friedman

Monday, 11th of May 2015
Tuesday, 12th of May 2015
Wednesday, 13th of May 2015

Dean Friedman

Dean Friedman

One of the selfish indulgences of having your own pub is persuading artists you personally love to play. I count my lucky stars Dean has become a regular in our What’s On listing; returning this year with his exceptional band.

Dean Friedman had been on my fantasy wish list of people to play at the pub since I started in 1989. I was an enormous fan of his music as a kid & still am. I say ‘fantasy’ wish list because singer songwriters of Friedman’s calibre – James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Denver & Art Garfunkel, don’t usually fly across the Atlantic to entertain 40 people in a sleepy Oxfordshire country pub. Dean’s number 1 British hit singles were ‘Ariel’, ‘Woman of Mine’. ‘Lucky Stars’ & ‘Lydia’. His multimillion selling album “ “Well, well” Said the Rocking Chair” being the record that knocked John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John’s “Grease” soundtrack off the N°1 position.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

KIERAN GOSS

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.

from Status Quo John Coghlan’s Quo

Wednesday, 27th of May 2015

John Coghlan's Quo

From the famous original 60's - 70's line up, playing all Quo's 70's classics, the legend that is John Coghlan.



* First two front rows of dining tables £25.

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Anita Harris

Monday, 15th of June 2015

Anita Harris

Legend of Stage & Screen

Anita Harris has had a breath taking career spanning over fifty years. She has been a film star, television star, graced the top of the pop charts, become a pantomime legend as Peter Pan, starred in Cats in the West End & featured in 7 Royal Command Performances. She has never stopped performing & has worked alongside legendary names in the world of entertainment such as Harry Secombe, Phil Silvers, Morecambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, magician David Nixon & Clive Dunn.

Performing with her pianist, an intimate evening of the songs that forged her incredible career, fascinating chat & stories from an amazing life of stage & screen.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Alan Glen All Star Blues Band

Monday, 6th of July 2015

Alan Glen

Yardbirds

Together as a trio, the multi-talented Alan Glen & his amazing All Star band, the outstanding vocalist Jimmy Walker from the USA & guitar genius Ben King from the Yardbirds; Alan Glen also serving a lengthy sentence with the Yardbirds - & Crooked Billet favourites Nine Below Zero.

These well-established world-class musicians have performed successfully in the UK, Europe, America, Canada, Japan & in many other corners of the world.

Together they are the cream of blues, jazz & rock….with a lot of soul.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole

Monday, 5th of October 2015

Evan Christopher

Hot New Orleans Jazz Quartet...from NEW ORLEANS!

European Gypsy swing meets the music and rhythms of "le monde Creole" in this seductive and captivating project led by New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher. Renowned for his contemporary framing of early jazz masters such as Sidney Bechet, Jimmie Noone, and Barney Bigard, his quartet enlivens the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt as well as swing-era classics with the buoyant rhythms of New Orleans, Cuba, the Caribbean & even Brazil. Dazzling improvisations and colourful stories of the jazz greats he most admires are also hallmarks of Django a la Creole's presentations. Featuring Dave Kelbie, guitar, Mr Big, double bass & Don Vappie the renowned Creole guitar banjo player - a mother on both instruments & groovy like hell.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Mirth & Music

Wednesday, 2nd of December 2015

mirth-and-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.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article