Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny nine greatest moments
Stormzy, Stereophonics, Rick Astley, Melanie and Eddi Reader are among the big names in music joining Jools Holland for his annual Hootenanny to see in 2020 this New Year's Eve.
Also appearing in the programme are Brittany Howard, Tom Walker, YolanDa Brown, La Roux, Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps’ Hendrickson from The Selecter, Joseph, Ruby Turner, and The Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
The yearly countdown to midnight and beyond on BBC Two is now in its 27th year.
Here are nine of the greatest moments from almost three decades of New Year musical celebrations.
9. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
When: 2017 into 2018
What song: Here Come the Girls
Why: Performing a cover always goes down well at the Hootenanny and Shorty’s version of Ernie K-Doe’s Here Comes The Girls really gets the crowd going.
It's hard not to admire this cover because of the tremendous amount of power generated by the brass instruments and gospel drumming.
8. Kate Rusby with The 1st Battalion of Scots Guards
When: 2005 into 2006
What song: Fare Thee Well
Why: Rusby performs the delicate folk song with the pipes and drums of The 1st Battalion of Scots Guards, which adds even more sorrow to the melancholic ditty.
Although it’s not as loud as the others on this list, it highlights the range of music played at the Hootenanny.
7. The Mike Flowers Pops
When: 1995 into 1996
What song: Wonderwall
Why: A lot of popular culture in the 1990s considered itself to be alternative and the music created during this time was no different, Britpop, in particular, quickly became universal by the mid-1990s.
The Mike Flowers Pops satirical take on Oasis' Wonderwall was a sign of the times in music and the UK.
Like Oasis, Flowers’ version also reached Number 2 in the charts.
6. Amy Winehouse and Paul Weller
When: 2006 into 2007
What song: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Why: This wasn’t the first time Amy Winehouse or Paul Weller had played a Hootenanny, but sadly it would be the last time for Winehouse.
The performing two British music heavyweights made the Motown classic their own, especially with Winehouse’s talent to uniquely interpret music.
5. Bentley Rhythm Ace
When: 1997 into 1998
What song: Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out!
Why: Out of the handful of electronic dance music artists who have played the Hootenanny the one performance from Birmingham based Bentley Rhythm Ace stands out.
Playing their re-released 1997 single Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out! the song features an air raid siren, analogue music programming effects and stage outfits only found in the 1990s.
4. B.B. King and David Gilmour
When: 1997 into 1998
What song: Eyesight To The Blind
Why: Nicknamed ‘The King of The Blues’, B.B. King paired-up with Pink Floyd’s vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour to play a classic blues track with Jools Holland and the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
The contrasting guitar tones made iconic from two completely different periods of music make the rendition a fascinating listen.
3. Dina Carroll
When: 1993 into 1994
What song: You’ll Lose A Good Thing
Why: Influenced by Aretha Franklin’s version of You’ll Lose A Good Thing, Dina Carroll’s version emphasised the R&B elements by adding more emotion into the meaning of the song.
With a vigorous saxophone solo by Courtney Pine it’s not a surprise that this song from the first ever Hootenanny is in the top three.
2. Wanda Jackson
When: 2010 into 2011
What song: Let’s Have A Party
Why: Recognised as a leading rockabilly artist from the 1950s, Wanda Jackson delighted the Hootenanny audience with her 1960 top 40 hit Let’s Have A Party.
Accompanied with dancers doing the jive and a complete dance orchestra, it’s the ideal song to bring in the new year.
1. Bettye LaVette
When: 2012 into 2013
What song: I’m Not The One
Why: With a career spanning over 50 years LaVette is no stranger to appearing on both Jools Holland’s Later… or Annual Hootenanny shows, but her performance in 2012 was remarkable.
The song starts as a simple soul standard but quickly erupts into something else perfect for the twilight hours because of the execution of vocal talent and how the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra set a hefty rocking motion to the beat.