Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have today announced the run of dates and special guests of their 2013 UK tour. This annual jaunt across the UK will see them travel the length and breadth of the British Isles, bringing their audience-pleasing, foot-stomping 'big band' sound to over 50 cities and towns throughout the year.
Appearing on the Spring / Summer leg, which starts Wednesday 8 May in Canterbury, will be former Fine Young Cannibals front-man Roland Gift. The special guest for the Autumn / Winter tour dates, commencing 31 October in Southend, will be pop superstar Melanie C.
Tickets for the Autumn / Winter tour go on sale 10.00am Friday 8 February. Spring/Summer dates are currently on sale, with more to be announced soon.
Fine Young Cannibals frontman Roland Gift returns as special guest for Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra's Spring/Summer dates for the second year running. The singer had huge success with the Fine Young Cannibals during the 1980s, with a No. 1 UK album (1988's The Raw and The Cooked), and two No.1 hit singles 'She Drives Me Crazy' and 'Good Thing' - the latter also holds the honour of being the most successful record that Jools Holland has ever guested on, after it went No. 1 in 17 countries.
Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will join the party for the Autumn / Winter dates, following in a long line of brilliant female special guests including KT Tunstall, Alison Moyet and Sandie Shaw. Melanie C's solo musical career has seen two Number 1 singles, six Top 10 singles as well as performances on the theatre stage in Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar.
With long time drummer Gilson Lavis, vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, and acclaimed trombonist Rico Rodriguez, along with the peerless musicianship of the rest of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools Holland will perform tracks spanning his entire solo career, as well as songs taken from his latest album The Golden Age Of Song, which has rocketed back up the UK Album Charts this week following an appearance on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show. The album, released in December by Rhino UK, is now at No. 11.
'The Golden Age Of Song' is Jools' first major collaboration since 2007's Moving Out To The Country, and went Gold within six weeks of release. The album's initial success followed the widespread radio play for 'Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive' featuring Rumer, which was added to BBC Radio 2's A-List and playlisted across the BBC regional radio network, with the whole album playlisted across Radio 2 over Christmas. The album features superb collaborations with some of the world's most acclaimed musical artists, including Florence Welch, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and Cee-Lo Green.
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are confirmed to appear on the one-off ITV entertainment special 'From The Heart' on Wednesday 13 February, joining a host of musical and comedy stars, to perform 'When You're Smiling' from The Golden Age of Song, followed by a performance on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Tuesday 19 February, showcasing the album track 'Get Away Jordan' with longtime Rhythm & Blues Orchestra guest vocalist Ruby Turner.
SPECIAL GUESTS: ROLAND GIFT and MELANIE C
TICKETS FOR AUTUMN / WINTER DATES ON SALE FRIDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2013
NEW ALBUM 'THE GOLDEN AGE OF SONG' ROCKETS BACK UP THE CHARTS