Spice Girls star Melanie C will join Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Colston Hall Bristol and Plymouth Pavilions in 2013.
This annual jaunt across the UK will see Jools Holland travel the length and breadth of the British Isles, bringing his audience-pleasing, foot-stomping ‘big band’ sound to over 50 cities and towns throughout the year.
Three-million-album-selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will join the party in the West Country, following in a long line of brilliant female special guests including KT Tunstall, Alison Moyet and Sandie Shaw.
Melanie C’s solo musical career has seen two number one singles, six Top 10 singles as well as performances on the theatre stage in Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar.
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, which has rocketed back up the UK Album Charts this week following an appearance on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show.
The Golden Age Of Song is Jools Holland’s first major collaboration since 2007’s Moving Out To The Country, and went Gold within six weeks of release.
The album’s initial success followed the widespread radio play for Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive featuring Rumer, which was added to BBC Radio 2’s A-List and playlisted across the BBC regional radio network, with the whole album playlisted across Radio 2 over Christmas.
The record features superb collaborations with some of the world’s most acclaimed musical artists, including Florence Welch, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and Cee-Lo Green.
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