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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to unite with Melanie C for autumn/winter 2013 tour

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Moving Out To The Country

Story by Jack Foley

JOOLS Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have 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 and summer leg, which starts on Wednesday, May 8, in Canterbury, will be former Fine Young Cannibals front-man Roland Gift.

The special guest for the autumn and winter tour dates, commencing October 31 in Southend, will be pop superstar Melanie C.

Tickets for the autumn/winter tour go on sale at 10am on Friday, February 8. Spring/summer dates are currently on sale, with more to be announced soon.

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.

The live dates are…

Spring/Summer with special guest on all dates: Roland Gift

May
8 – Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
9 – Basingstoke, The Anvil
10 – Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
15 – Scarborough, SPA
16 – Preston, Guildhall
17 – Perth Festival
18 – Middlesbrough, Town Hall
19 – Skegness, Embassy Theatre
22 – Croydon, Fairfield Halls
30 – St. Albans, Albans Arena

June
6 – Wolverhampton Civic
7 – Aberytswyth, Arts Centre
8 – Stamford, Burghley House
13 – Hampton Court
14 – Milton Keynes, Theatre
15 – Bergenfest, Norway
26 – Grassington Festival (near Skipton)
28 – Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

July
7 – Love Supreme Festival, Glynde Place, East Sussex
12 – Kew Gardens, Kew The Music
14 – Llangollen, Royal Pavilion, International Music Festival
19 – Music On The Hill, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent
26 – Buxton, Opera House
27 – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

August
25 – Carfest, Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, near Basingstoke, Hampshire

Autum/winter with special guest on all dates: Melanie C

October
31 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

November
1 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
2 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
3 – Ipswich, Regent
7 – Reading, Hexagon
8 – Bristol, Colston Hall
9 – Cheltenham, Centaur
10 – Southampton, Mayflower
14t – Guildford, GLive
15 – Watford, Colosseum
16 – Oxford, New Theatre
21 – York, Barbican
22 – Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
23 – Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
24 – Sheffield, City Hall
27 – Stoke, Victoria Hall
28 – Leicester, DeMontfort Hall
29 & 30 – London, Royal Albert Hall

December
5 – Newcastle, City Hall
6 – Newcastle, City Hall
7 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
8 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
13 – Bournemouth, BIC
14 – Brighton Centre
19 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
20 – Plymouth, Pavilions
21 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
22 – Nottingham, Royal Centre

Tickets will be on sale from Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10am. Prices range from £35.50 (RAH £59, £57, £50, £47, £44, £38, £18.50)