The country's favourite boogie-woogie, piano slamming entertainer Jools Holland is returning to Middlesbrough Town Hall with his 18-piece Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, plus some very special lead vocalists, for what is guaranteed to be a roof raising performance.
Holland is best known for his unrivalled piano skills regularly showcased in his BBC 2 programmes Later With… and the Annual Hootenanny. His TV show is well known for breaking unknown acts, with many new musicians finding their way to new audiences courtesy of the programme, as well as featuring the biggest and most iconic artists around.
Jools and his band, which features drummer Gilson Lavis (ex Squeeze Drummer) and the magnificent guest soloists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall amongst others, perform their legendary shows to around 300,000 people a year.
Every tour features a host of famous faces, last time Jools and co touched down in Middlesbrough they were joined by eighties superstar Alison Moyet. This time around the band have the pleasure of ‘Puppet on a String’ hit maker Sandie Shaw joining them on stage.
Sandie was the most successful female British singer in the 1960s having countless hit records across the world, including 3 UK Number 1s with songs such as (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me and Long Live Love. Once described as ‘the barefoot pop princess of the 1960s’ she was the first UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
Support is provided by Clive Gregson, a founding member of 80s cult band Any Trouble. He’s toured with the likes of Eddie Reader, Nanci Griffith and Richard Thompson.
The ever-impressive musical ensemble will be performing tracks from their latest studio album, Rockinghorse - a 19-track collection of classic Jools Holland compositions, interpretations and covers. Always a packed out night and a fantastic atmosphere, be sure you don’t miss out!
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with special guest vocalist Sandie Shaw and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, Thurs 19 May, 8pm, £32.50. Box office: 01642 729 729
The Main Hall can accommodate up to 10 wheelchairs and the Crypt up to 6 wheelchairs. One free ticket is available for each companion. Please inform the Box Office at time of booking. Please note that the lifts will only hold 330 pounds. Please bear this in mind if you are the owner of a heavy wheelchair.
Middlesbrough Town Hall is located on Albert Road in Middlesbrough Postcode: TS1 2QQ, Tel: 01642 729729.
From top comedy from Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne, Mark Watson, Jimmy Carr, Stephen K. Amos, Tim Vine and many more to top notch music from Jools Holland, the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular and Keep It Cash the Spring programme at Middlesbrough Town Hall is packed including a classical programme with the best of international orchestras as well as theatre for all the family. Don't miss great classes in performance, a glee club, carnival arts and much more!