Jools Holland unites a unique cast in a single room for one night only. With performances by Manic Street Preachers, Gwenno, Melissa Laveaux, Ray Lamontagne and Ben Howard.
Approaching their 30th anniversary are Manic Street Preachers, who come to the show with numbers from their new album Resistance is Futile. This new set sees them hark back to two of their most iconic albums, Everything Must Go and Generation Terrorists, for an ever vital and passionate collection.
Also adding to the Welsh flavour of proceedings is the TV debut of Cardiff four piece Boy Azooga, led by Davey Newington, whose influences include Black Sabbath and William Onyeabor. They showcase songs from their upcoming 1, 2 Kung Fu album. Also from Cardiff and making her TV debut is singer-songwriter Gwenno, who sits on the descriptive scale as a cross between Jane Birkin and Boards of Canada. Her new album Le Kov sees her singing in Cornish, which she was inspired to record due to a decision by the British government to cut funding towards the Cornish language in 2016.
Another debutante comes in the form of Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist of Haitian descent Melissa Laveaux, whose music has been described as a mix of roots, folk, and blues using her signature percussive finger-style guitar and soulful vocal stylings. New Hampshire singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne, whose bluesin' folk/soul blend tenor has seen him compared to both Otis Redding and
The Band, performs a number from his brand new, seventh album Part of the Light.
Devon-based chart-topping singer-songwriter Ben Howard completes the bill, with selections from his first album in four years, Noonday Dream, which was recorded in both England and France.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Director||Janet Fraser Crook|
|Series Producer||Alison Howe|
|Executive Producer||Mark Cooper|
|Performer||Manic Street Preachers|