Wednesday 20 March 2019

Jools added to line-up for 11 day Sligo Live festival

Sligo Live is celebrating its 15th year by extending the festival to 11 days and bringing back Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

The festival will run from Friday 18th October to Bank Holiday Monday 28th October for almost two weeks of exciting music, comedy and children's events.

Jools, one of few people instantly recognisable by his first name alone, will play the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on Saturday 19th October 2019, bringing his 23-piece ensemble with his long-time collaborator, Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

More special guests will be announced later.

Tickets for Jools' all-seated concert in the Knocknarea Arena will go on sale this Thursday, 28th February at 10.30am priced at €57.00 + sc.

Sligo Live programmer, Willie Kelly said: "Jools is the first of many exiting and interesting acts we hope to announce in the coming weeks and months. Rory (O'Connor) and I have been working over the winter with our contacts in the entertainment industry to secure artists we believe the Sligo Live audience will enjoy. "

Festival producer, Rory O'Connor added: "Anybody who has seen the Orchestra on their last visit or anywhere else will make sure to book early to secure their reserved seat.

"Virtually all of Jools' concerts deservedly sell out; it's a wonderful show with non-stop quality music from the first bar. Quite like his TV show with Jools as host switching in rapid-fire from one excellent singer to another while thumping out his boogie-woogie piano style"

Sligo Live is a not-for-profit festival and is made possible by investment from its public and private partners.

Its success is due to this community effort and the input from the host of volunteers you will meet as you go from event to event.

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.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra play the Knocknarea Arena in IT Sligo on Saturday 19th October 2019 at 8pm. Tickets priced at €57.00 + sc are on sale on Thursday next, 28TH February at 10.30pm on-line from and in-person or by phone (071 916 1518) from the Hawk's Well Theatre Box Office, Temple Street, Sligo.

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