Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra + Eddi Reader

Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo – Saturday 19th October at 8pm (Doors 7pm) – Tickets On Sale Now

 Jools Holland will be joined by his long-time collaborator, Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. More special guests will be announced later.

Jools Holland OBE DL was born on 24th January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London. At the age of eight, he could play the piano fluently by ear, and by his early teens he was proficient and confident enough to play in the pubs in the London East End Docks.

At the age of 15, Jools joined Squeeze, who had meteoric success with Up The Junction and Cool For Cats and their popularity rapidly extended to America.

In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.

Jools’ career as a television presenter has run parallel to his musical career. He became co-presenter (with Paula Yates) of The Tube, which achieved almost immediate cult status and discovered a whole new generation of musicians and comedians between 1981 and 1986

Jools was asked in 1992 to host Later… with Jools Holland for BBC2, which combined his talent and experience as a musician with his skills as a TV presenter. The show has reawakened the innovative spirit of The Tube and celebrated 25 years in 2017. His hugely popular New Year’s Eve show, Hootenanny is a special part of many peoples New Year’s celebrations.