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Episode 6

Jools is joined by John Grant, Stereophonics, Low, Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra, Melt Yourself Down and Yasmine Hamdan. Cerys Matthews chats about her forthcoming sing-along book.

Jools welcomes back singer-songwriter John Grant, whose recently released second album Pale Green Ghosts uses old school 80s synths, a backdrop for Grant's melodic songs that address his own failings and those of a disappointing lover to acclaimed effect.

Also on the show are Later veterans Stereophonics, with numbers from their recent Graffiti On The Train Set, their first album in nearly four years. Minnesota veteran indie oufit Low return with hushed, impassioned harmonies from partners Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker driving their tenth studio album in 20 years, The Invisible Way.

Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra is joined by a large horn section to celebrate his first love, ska, aided with a guest vocal from Brummie reggae singer Bitty McLean celebrating their first album, The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius.

Stir in punk-jazz and funk from Melt Yourself Down, who recall the funk and fury of such jazz punkers of the early 80s as Rip, Rig & Panic and Pigbag, and top with vintage Arabic vocal stylings meet contemporary French production with Yasmine Hamdan performing songs from her album Ya Nass.

Singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews is also in the studio to chat to Jools about her forthcoming family sing-along book Hook, Line and Singer.

30 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

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    John Grant


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    The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra ft. Bitty McLean

    Fu Man Chu

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    Yasmine Hamdan


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    Melt Yourself Down

    We Are Enough

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    Graffiti on the Train


Role Contributor
Presenter Jools Holland
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Producer Alison Howe
Director Janet Fraser Crook
Performer John Grant
Performer Stereophonics
Performer Low
Performer Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra
Performer Bitty McLean
Performer Melt Yourself Down
Performer Yasmine Hamdan
Interviewed Guest Cerys Matthews


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Behind the scenes at Later... with Jools Holland 25 at the Royal Albert Hall

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