Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware, Soul II Soul, Beth Ditto and The Beat join Jools' Annual Hootenanny

Jools' Annual Hootenanny 2017

Jools Holland welcomes in the New Year for what - incredibly - will be the 25th time on his annual musical shindig. Accompanied by his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools will be hosting an array of talent to bid 2017 goodbye, and bring on 2018 in style.

On the show this year:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Mavis Staples
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Jessie Ware
  • Soul II Soul
  • Beth Ditto
  • The Beat starring Dave Wakeling
  • George McCrae
  • José Feliciano
  • Ruby Turner
  • The Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards

Joining Jools at Maidstone Studios this year, is the man of 2017, Ed Sheeran, performing songs from his mega-selling ÷ album, solo and with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and throwing in a surprising cover of a classic British rock song.

Gospel-soul legend Mavis Staples now in her 78th year will perform songs from her latest album, If All I Was Was Black, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, along with classics from The Staples Singers’ great 70s repertoire.

New Orleans’ funkiest ambassadors, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with good-time tunes from their latest album, Parking Lot Symphony, including a stonking version of the late, great Allen Toussaint’s Here Come The Girls.

Also joining the party is South London’s Jessie Ware currently enjoying the success of her third Top 10 album, Glasshouse, who will be sitting in with the Orchestra and, alongside her own material, tackling a Nina Simone classic.

Across the studio floor please step forward Jazzie B and his awesome Soul II Soul, surely the biggest British soul act of the late 80s and featuring the storming vocals of frontwoman Caron Wheeler, to perform classic hits like Keep On Movin'.

Ex-Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto joins Jools with her giant voice and personality with songs from her debut solo album, Fake Sugar, and a classic soul cover.

Early 80s 2-Tone stalwarts The Beat starring Dave Wakeling, now based on the West Coast, are popping in for a rare visit to the UK with songs from their forthcoming album alongside plenty of their hits like Mirror in the Bathroom, and are joined for the occasion by old friends Jennie Bellestar and Rhoda Dakar.

Soul and disco legend and Worldwide Ambassador of Love George McCrae, originally from West Palm Beach, joins Jools to send the party into overdrive with his 1974 Number 1, Rock Your Baby, and a tune from his latest album, Love.

It’s a year since they met on Later… and now they are on tour together with their album, As You See Me Now, Jools hosts the soul voice and stunning guitar of José Feliciano with songs from that album and his hit version of The Doors’ Light My Fire and, of course, The Queen of Boogie Woogie, the inimitable Ruby Turner will raise the roof with an incendiary gospel tour de force.

When midnight comes don’t be too surprised if there’s an emotional appearance by the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and an impressive selection of stars of stage and screen offering their predictions and resolutions for 2018 while letting their hair down and dancing the night away.

Jools’ Hootenanny 2017/2018 is a BBC Studios production. Producers are Alison Howe and Mark Cooper and directed by Janet Fraser Crook.

December 4, 2017 5:48am ET by BBC TWO  

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