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Jools Holland to play Sherwood Pines as part of Forest Live line-up

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra has been added to this years Forestry Live line-up at Sherwood Pines near Edwinstowe.

He will play the open-air venue on Saturday, June 27 with special guest Eddi Reader and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds has already been announced for Friday, June 26, and James Morrison and Will Young for Sunday, June 28.

Jools Holland will perform at Sherwood Pines in June. Photo: Mary McCartney (31144980)
Jools Holland will perform at Sherwood Pines in June. Photo: Mary McCartney (31144980)

Jools Holland, said, “We last played Sherwood Pines back in 2003 so an appearance is long overdue.

"We are looking forward to making a welcome return to perform in such a wonderful setting.”

A sublimely talented pianist from an early age, Jools Holland has combined a prolific recording and touring career as a band leader and working with the greatest artists in music, alongside highly successful roles in broadcasting.

James Morrison. (22608618)
James Morrison. (22608618)

As one of the biggest bands on the road, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra have built up a loyal fanbase nationwide with over 30 years of touring their live show.

The 19-piece orchestra consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets and three trombones.

They are famed for their unique interpretations and original works, as well as for performing and recording with special guest artists.

Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be Ruby Turner, with her breath-taking gospel, soul and rhythm & blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums.

Noel Gallagher (23124694)
Noel Gallagher (23124694)

They will be joined by special guest and BRIT Award winner Eddi Reader.

Jools and Eddi have been collaborating musically for more than 20 years and Jools has previously described her as “one of (his) favourite singers of all time.”

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every year by Forestry England.

It aims to introduce forests to new audiences in natural woodland arenas around the country. Going to a Forest Live concert helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, with income from ticket sales helping to create beautiful places for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and trees to grow.

More than 1.9m people have attended a Forest Live concert in the last 19 years.

Tickets for Jools Hollands will go on sale from 9am on Friday (March 13) from Forestry England box office on 03000 680400 or online at forestryengland.uk/music

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