December 31st: Jools' Annual Hootenanny – from 11.15pm on BBC Two



After a thoroughly eventful year, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra reunite to joyfully welcome the new year with his annual Hootenanny. As we wave goodbye to 2020 and look forward to 2021, Jools invites another spectacular cast of guest artists to help put on the best party in town, whilst also taking the time to reflect on the years gone by with some of the best performances in the illustrious Hootenanny archive.

Joining Jools and his orchestra in the studio this year are Celeste, Sir Tom Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, Róisín Murphy, Rag'n'Bone Man, Rick Wakeman, Ruby Turner, and the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

Jools also takes a look back at some of the incredible Hootenanny performances from the archive, including the likes of Jamiroquai, Rudimental and Ella Eyre, Madness, ABC and Aloe Blacc, promising a musical celebration with a nostalgic nod to the past and a warm welcome to the year ahead.

December 21st: Special Guests announced for 2021 Autumn/Winter Tour



Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Gilson Lavis have today announced the special guests for their 33-date 2021 Autumn/Winter tour kicking off in Southend on Thursday 28th October 2021. Celebrating a massive 25th year, the 19-piece orchestra tour will be joined by music legend Leo Sayer, Britain's first great female rock and soul singer Lulu, and original Squeeze chum Chris Difford. Also on tour is original Squeeze member and powerhouse drummer Gilson Lavis.

In addition, for the very first time (postponed from 2020), the tour will be joined by singer-songwriter Leo Sayer (17th – 28th November and 9th – 17th December), Lulu (from 28th October to 14th November; 1st – 8th December; 11th December; and 18th – 21st December), and Chris Difford (from 28th October to 27th November and 19th – 21st December). All three special guests will take to the stage at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

Jools is currently recording his next album which will focus on his piano stylings, some duets and collaborations with other top artists. Produced by Nitin Sawhney, the album will be released later in 2021.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £29.50 (+ booking fee), except the Royal Albert Hall concerts with tickets priced from £19.75 (+ booking fee) upwards. All tickets for the pandemic postponed October to December 2020 tour will be valid for their respective dates in 2021.

December 17th: Looking through Hootenanny history, with guest Vic Reeves – 31st December from noon on BBC Radio 2
Join Jools for two hours of classic songs from the Hootenanny archive, and an exclusive preview of this year's show.

Performers include Amy Winehouse, Róisín Murphy, Cee Lo Green, Emelie Sandé, Paolo Nutini, Florence Welch, Lily Allen, and Jools himself along with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Vic Reeves will be joining Jools in the studio for sartorial tips on New Year's Eve party wear, the records that get him going on the way to the Hootenanny and a look back at his astonishing predictions from last year's show – and they really were! Spooky...

December 16th: Postponement of 2021 Spring European Dates
It is with great regret that due to the current spread of the Coronavirus and the uncertainty it brings for the next few months, the shows in April 2021 – 22nd Turnhout, 23rd Brugge, 24th Amsterdam – will be postponed to April 2022:

Thursday 21st April 2022 – Brugge, Stadsschouwburg
Friday 22nd April 2022 – Turnhout, De Warande
Saturday 23rd April 2022 – Amsterdam, Paradiso

Special Guest: Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson from The Selecter.

December 3rd: Brighton Centre 'Not As You Know It'
Due to unprecedented hurdles presented by the pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Jools Holland shows in Brighton on Saturday 12th December 2020; we are very sorry for any disappointment and look forward to seeing you when things return to normal and we can party together again. All ticket holders will receive a full refund.

We would like to thank the venue and everyone involved in trying to make these shows happen; sadly on this occasion it was not to be.

November 12th: Armistice Day Ceremony
Jools Holland and Ruby Turner paid a touching tribute to the Unknown Warrior during a special service held at Westminster Abbey yesterday to commemorate the centenary of his burial and Armistice Day. Ruby, accompanied by Jools on piano, gave a wonderful rendition of 'Abide with Me', which was also sung at the burial 100 years ago.

Watch the Unknown Warrior 100 service on BBCiPlayer here to see the performance in full (43.49 mins in).

November 10th: Armistice Day Ceremony – Wednesday 11th November 2020
Jools Holland and Ruby Turner will be joining tomorrow the marking of the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in a unique event held at Westminster Abbey and broadcast live on BBC One.

The Armistice Day ceremony will encompass the National Moment of Remembrance at 11.00am and will thoughtfully reflect the original 1920 funeral of the Unknown Warrior, including a performance of the hymn 'Abide with Me', sung by Ruby Turner accompanied by Jools Holland. It will be attended by the TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

BBC One (Live): 10.30–11.45am, Wednesday 11th November 2020.
BBC Two (Highlights): 7.00–7.30pm, Wednesday 11th November 2020.

#UnknownWarrior100
#Cenotaph100

October 22nd: Stockton Globe Tickets
The Stockton Globe reopens its doors in 2021 with some wonderful new music, comedy and dance shows. Jools Holland will grace their stage on Thursday 11th November 2021 and tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning, Friday 23rd October, at 10.00am via www.stocktonglobe.co.uk.

Jools will be accompanied by his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra including Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Gilson Lavis, and they will be joined on stage by special guests Lulu and Chris Difford.

October 17th: Turn Up Tonight



Jools Holland will be part of the stellar line up in Turn Up For Recovery's #TurnUpFromHome 15th Episode. Tune in here at 7.00pm UK time.

October 1st: Three Little Words



Comedian John Bishop and writer, actor and director Tony Pitts have launched Three Little Words, a new podcast in which the two friends talk to guests with an unforgettable story to share. Each guest must bring along the three words that mean something important to them, plus the one word they never want to hear again. This week they were joined by Jools Holland.

September 30th: Turn Up Again



Jools Holland was part of the stellar line up in Turn Up For Recovery's #TurnUpFromHome 13th Episode, which went live on Saturday 26th September. For anyone who has missed it or wishes to re-watch it, please click here.

September 11th: Jools Online Tonight
The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) are hosting a special online event to raise funds as it faces a huge loss due to the pandemic. Jools Holland, vice president of the trust, will be introducing 12 acts as well as playing. You can watch the virtual concert on the trust's Facebook page here, and on their YouTube page here tonight, Friday 11th September, at 7.30pm UK time.

August 28th: Barbados Blues Nights
Due to unforeseen technical issues and tightening COVID restrictions, it is with great regret that Barbados Blues Nights can no longer go ahead in 2020. Rock & Roll Holidays would like to apologise to all the Jools Holland fans who had made enquires and booked and thank them for their support. Refunds can be obtained through brena@rocknrollholidays.com.

August 21st: Turn Up and Donate



Turn Up For Recovery, founded by Melia Clapton, have been running a series of special YouTube shows #TurnUpFromHome with exclusive performances from some very special guests. Tomorrow they will be going live with Episode 10, and Jools Holland will be part of the exciting line up. Tune in here.

The Turn Up For Recovery community organise fundraising gigs and events all over the world, bringing people together to talk about abstinence-based recovery and raise funds to help provide treatment at Crossroads Antigua Centre for those in need, so don't forget to donate if you can at www.turnupforrecovery.org/donate.

July 27th: Important Tour News
Jools Holland and Harvey Goldsmith regret to announce the postponement of Jools' upcoming Autumn/Winter 2020 UK tour due to the effects of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. The tour will now take place in 2021 with special guest performances to be announced shortly.

Ticketholders will be contacted by their point of purchase to move their tickets to the rescheduled dates. Customers who cannot attend the new dates can apply for a refund up until Fridaay 30th October 2020. Special guests for the 2021 Autumn Tour will be announced soon.

"Since the age of seventeen, I have spent my entire life performing on tour. Therefore, it is with sadness and disappointment that myself, my orchestra and our special guests have been forced to postpone our Autumn & Winter shows. Due to the world pandemic the tour will take place in 2021, with special guest performers to be announced shortly. If you bought tickets, you can be refunded or hopefully come and see us next year. Please check for further details on my website. I apologise to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us, and I speak for my whole orchestra and crew, when I say we are all longing to return to the boogie playing field next year. I hope that all of you are alright." – Jools Holland

For more information and a list of dates and venues in 2021, click here.

July 2nd: Let The Music Play



In 2019 live music added £4.5bn to the British economy, supporting 210,000 jobs across the country, as well as having an impact on a global scale. Up to 50% of the live music workforce is facing unemployment, leading to a catastrophic loss of skill, and 90% of grassroots venues are under threat of closure. We need the government to address the importance of live musicand support it in order to ensure its future once the pandemic has finally passed.

Show your support for live music and share a photo from the last gig you went to using #LetTheMusicPlay on your social networks. Thank you.

April 27th: Help the NHS Charities
Jools Holland has kindly agreed to support the The Blue Auction, run by Bonhams auctioneers in aid of the NHS Charities, by donating the extraordinary opportunity for four people to join him and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at one of their live shows, including the Royal Albert Hall (Lot 11). They will be given special passes and meet Jools for a drink, before being thoroughly entertained by the uplifting live show. Date will need to be agreed in advance.

The online only auction finishes at 12 noon UK time, this Wednesday, 29th April, so be sure to get your bid in quickly by clicking here.

April 1st: Jools Holland Presents – #StayHome and Learn Boogie Woogie Piano #WithMe
In these trying days with people stuck at home, Jools will be giving fun free piano lessons to those stuck for some inspiration.

Taking the very basics of his beloved boogie-woogie piano, Jools will break down various musical techniques for everybody from complete novice upwards.

Even those bereft of a keyboard can still take part as Jools suggests: "If you donít have a piano, get Dad's shirt or Mum's tablecloth when they are not looking and draw piano keys on it and practice silently".

Lesson number 2 has just gone live today here and Lesson 3 will be joining soon. You can preview it on Jools' very own Instagram @ jools.holland.official

March 30th: Learn Boogie-Woogie Piano (Lesson One)




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