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!

BURNS NIGHT – TOP CÉILIDH BAND, KIPPERS & KILTS.

Wednesday, 24th of January 2018 - Thursday, 25th of January 2018

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.

Nine Below Zero

Monday, 29th of January 2018

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.

An Evening with Barry Mason

Wednesday, 7th of February 2018

Hear "Delilah" sung live by the bloke that wrote it

Born in Wigan, Barry Mason has written worldwide hits for some of the world's greatest musical icons, such as Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Barbara Streisand, The Drifters, Englebert Humperdink, Charles Aznavour, The Fortunes, Edison Lighthouse, Des O'Connor & Elvis Presley. His much loved classics include “Delilah”, “The Last Waltz”, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”, “There Goes My First Love”, “Love is All”, “Les Bicyclette de Belsize” & “I Pretend” Holloway has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic & the Boston Pops Orchestra as both conductor & lead pianist. His TV work has included being the composer of several well-known TV theme tunes such as Blind Date & Beadle's About. He has been awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by The British Academy of Composers & Songwriters & has appeared as the subject of This Is Your Life. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for his services to music.

Special guest Mike Drinkwater will accompany on piano. Mike has written music for Ballet, TV & Theatre. He has Toured with the Blues Brothers stage show, And was Musical Director for the authentic Elvis stage show.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Dave Kelly

Wednesday, 21st of February 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.

Moscow Drug Club

Tuesday, 27th of February 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.

Gavin Povey

Wednesday, 7th of March 2018

World Class Boogie Pianist, Shakin' Stevens' Ivory Tickleler

I am Delighted to welcome Gavin Povey to the Crooked Billet. He’s played with everyone from Van Morrison to Finbar, from Steve Cropper to Shakin’ Stevens. In Shakin Stevens band, Gavin & fellow musicians were the biggest selling singles group of the 1980's - more than ABBA, Queen, Police more than any other UK artist. Piano players don’t come much more rock’n’roll than GAVIN POVEY. Gavin plays an eclectic style of Rythmn & Blues, including Boogie-Woogie, Swing, Stride, Funk and Rock & Roll. Mixed in with this elixir are hints of Jazz, Country and Blues. Gavin began learning to play the piano at the age of 5 and discovered Rhythm and Blues at the age of 13 when he heard Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson perform Boogie Woogie Man, A lifetime of touring and recording followed. Gavin has recently toured with Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes. He has also toured, performed and recorded with such artists as Dave Edmunds, Kirsty MacColl and Van Morrison

Gavin's bringing his fabulously-named New Orleans friends The Fabulous Oke-She-Moke-She-Pops to the Crooked Billet. Simon Farrell:Double Bass & Shane Atlas: Drums

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

HERBIE FLOWERS with special guests Mike Hatchard & Charlotte Glasson

Wednesday, 14th of March 2018

Herbie Flowers

Great Music, Jazz & Gentle Humour

An outstanding evening of music & jazz including stories & anecdotes from Herbie’s incredible career. Having recorded with EVERYBODY, from The Beatles (bass on “Long & Winding Road”) to Judy Garland. Writer of numerous hit records, movie scores, TV commercials & theme tunes. Legendary session musician. Collaborator on George Harrison’s final epic album. Original member of classical rock band Sky. Member of Elton John’s Band, original member of T-Rex & one of David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars. Ivor Novello award winner. Herbie recorded that wonderful sliding bass line on Lou Reeds “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”. He also wrote “Grandad”, Clive Dunn’s number 1 hit single.

Mike Hatchard, the acclaimed jazz pianist will accompany. Incredible multi instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson joins Herbie, making up the trio. As a session musician her woodwind magic, saxophone & flute can be enjoyed on a diverse spectrum of bands & artist including Oasis, The Divine Comedy, John Matyn, Julian Lloyd Webber, PJ Proby, Suggs, Sophie Ellis Baxter, Will Young to mention but a few

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

St. Patricks Celebration

Sunday, 18th of March 2018 - Monday, 19th of March 2018

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.

Sunday 18th –  £25 music cover charge.

Monday 19th £2o music cover charge.

Micky Moody & Papa George

Tuesday, 27th of March 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’.

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. £15 music cover charge.

Richard Digance

Monday, 2nd of April 2018

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.

Lollo Meier

Wednesday, 25th of April 2018

Lollo Meier comes to the Crooked Billet. Legendary Dutch Gypsy Swing guitar Master, composer, bandleader and arranger, Lollo comes from an elite family of Gypsy players. His goal: to carry on the music of Django, with a style and technique thats traditional, melodious, lyrical, sensitive and joyful. A man of style, grace and humour, Lollos pure melodious playing touches his audiences and makes Djangos music as fresh today as it was 80 years ago. His mellifluous compositions have a refreshing authentic Django flavour and are played with extraordinary talent, unique style and amazing suppleness that clearly reflects that he makes music he loves.  A remarkable man with a remarkable style of playing.

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

TOM BROSSEAU

Monday, 30th of April 2018

 RUM & COLA

Tom Brosseau is a Folk singer/ songwriter from North Dakota. I have the pleasure of welcoming Tom to the Crooked Billet as part of his 2018 European tour promoting his new Album "Treasures Untold". Tom was half of the duo Les Shelly's who along with Andrea Correa had a massive hit with their cover of Rum & Cola. Tom learned the acoustic guitar from his grandmother and has toured internationally every year of his career across Japan, Canada, Portugal, Australia & the USA to name a few. He has  exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Mayor Mike Brown presented Brosseau the Key to the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2007 for his album of original work entitled Grand Forks.Tom has performed with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends, a band devoted to the current American folk music revival, whose members also include Dan Bern, Willie Watson, Greg Leisz, Jerry Roe and Sebastian Steinberg.

Tom has been featured on Cerys Matthews’ BBC6 show, NPR’s All Songs Considered, Weekend Edition & NPR’s First Listen; his songs included in Judd Apatow’s Netflix series Love,
and in the Showtime series, Shameless, and chosen by Natalie Portman for a compilation.

“No artist possesses the same peculiar qualities as Brosseau…. The power of his performing persona is so strong that he can pervade the whole room with his subjective existence, making
time-warped acolytes out of his audience.” - BBC.com

 

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

AN EVENING WITH BOB HARRIS OBE

Wednesday, 2nd of May 2018

With Support from Robert Vincent

Legendary Broadcaster, champion of new music, Old Grey Whistle Test presenter & BBC Radio Country Music host in an intimate evening chats candidly about his career to date. Musical punctuation from the incredible talent that is Robert Vincent, Winner of the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award. Robert performed main stage at last years Cambridge Folk Festival, opened for the Pretenders at the Royal Albert Hall.

"I am so impressed with Roberts music: strong songs laced with Blues & Country. He is the real deal" Bob Harris

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

Full regular menu. £20 music cover charge.

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Monday, 14th of May 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.

Chris Jagger with special guests Kit Morgan & Ellie Mackrell

Wednesday, 23rd of May 2018

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.

MICHAEL MESSER’S MITRA

Wednesday, 6th of June 2018

A unique fusion of blues slide guitar, Hindustani classical slide guitar and tabla rhythms

Mitra is a unique musical trio and a true musical friendship. Mitra is a trio comprising British blues innovator and slide guitarist, Michael Messer, Hindustani slide guitar maestro from Mumbai India, Manish Pingle, and London-based tabla master, Gurdain Singh Rayatt. This is more than another meeting of musicians from different cultures, this is a band with a successful album and its own unique sound; an exhilarating and highly accessible fusion of blues and Hindustani classical music. With vocals, slide guitars and tabla, these three musicians from opposite sides of the globe create a fascinating musical journey, running from the banks of the Mississippi, via London to Mumbai and the Ganges delta.

The album, Call Of The Blues, was released in February 2016 and was immediately picked up by the blues and world music media, getting worldwide radio airplay and press coverage in more than 40 countries, and hitting #1 in the iTunes Blues Chart. 2016 also saw Michael Messer's Mitra with two successful UK tours, including shows at the Bush Hall in London and Musicport Festival.

Michael Messer - Vocals, Slide & Lap Steel Guitar
Manish Pingle - Indian Slide Guitar (Mohan Veena)
Gurdain Rayatt - Tabla

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Klezmer-ish

Wednesday, 27th of June 2018

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound. Through exploring the music of immigrants from all sorts of musical and cultural backgrounds Klezmer-ish take us on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz, Irish fiddle music, Italian folk music and much more.
What makes them special is the rigorous nature of working in a full-time orchestra (they are all members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and their individual backgrounds and passions as people and musicians. There is so much to explore and the incredible diversity of their repertoire is pretty unique.
The style of the musical output of the band is not aiming for perfect copies of originals or trying to play in an ‘authentic’ style but inspired by original tunes tailored and re-worked to their own personal taste, giving them an original twist. All the music is original and arranged by the band.

Tom Verity, Clarinets & Whistles, Tom  with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is also a member of the Sterling Trio. In his free time he loves playing jazz piano.
Rob Shepley, Guitar, Violin, Vocals. Rob is the sub-principal viola of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra … but late at night he gets out his fiddle and guitar and plays anything from gypsy jazz to old-school rock.

Connie Del Vecchio, Piano Accordion, Violin. Connie is a sub-principal violinist of the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, but she started her musical career on the piano accordion aged 3!
Marcel Becker, Double Bass. Marcel is the leader of the double bass section of the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra – and a massive salsa fan!

Full regular menu. £15 music cover charge.

Dean Friedman

Monday, 16th of July 2018
Tuesday, 17th of July 2018
Wednesday, 18th of July 2018

Dean Friedman

Legendary American Hit Maker

Grammy award-winning American singer songwriter, who’s number 1 British singles include ‘Ariel’, ‘Woman of Mine’. ‘Lucky Stars’ & ‘Lydia’. Unreal for an artist of this calibre – James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Denver, Don McLean & Art Garfunkel, to fly across the Atlantic & entertain 40 people in a sleepy Oxfordshire country pub. Deano makes his annual pilgrimage to Stoke Row because he likes the pub!

Enjoy Dean’s solo show & all the hits in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet.

Full regular menu. £27.50 music cover charge.

George Harrison at The Crooked Billet Sun Newspaper Article