Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra announce a Forest Live date for the summer

Forest Live Jools Holland

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra announce a Forest Live date for the summer

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestrahave announced a date as part of Forest Live, the third and final headline act appearing at Sherwood Pines in the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.

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. As one of the biggest bands on the road, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have built up a loyal fanbase nationwide with over 30 years of touring their formidable 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. Famed for their unique interpretations and original works, as well as for performing and recording with special guest artists, the band’s popularity continues unabated.

Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be the supremely talented 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. 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 introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live concert in the last nineteen years. With everything needed for a great night out, including good food and drink, the concerts are well-known for their informal and relaxed atmosphere set to a spectacular forest backdrop. 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.

Commenting on the concert, 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.”

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - featuring Gilson Lavis with special guest vocalist Eddi Reader and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall

Saturday 27 June: Sherwood Pines, near Mansfield, Notts.

Tickets go on sale from 9am Friday 13 March from Forestry England box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online: 

Notes to Editor

Forestry England… supporting the nation’s forests:

Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, welcoming 230 million visits every year and shaping landscapes as England’s largest land manager. For more information visit Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission.

Wildlife - Forestry England manages the biggest and most diverse area of land in England. From forests to heathlands, mountains to moors, farmland to urban green spaces. Over half of our landscapes are covered by statutory designations, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks making them some of the most valuable habitats for nature.

People - Forestry England encourages adventures on their 1,800 miles of trails. 99% of people live within an hour’s drive of one of our forests. 

Timber - Forestry England plants and harvests millions of trees every year to keep them sustainably supplying around half of the country’s home-grown timber. The timber is used in everything from homebuilding to furniture–making.

Businesses - Forestry England supports local businesses with over 500 private companies operating in the nation’s forests.



Media enquiries:

James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533 for Forestry England