Jools Holland to play Thetford Forest

Adam Gretton The king of swing, Jools Holland, will return to a popular live music venue next year as part of a series of summer concerts in Thetford Forest.The Forestry Commission today announced that the pianist and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be playing High Lodge on June 6.

Adam Gretton

The king of swing, Jools Holland, will return to a popular live music venue next year as part of a series of summer concerts in Thetford Forest.

The Forestry Commission today announced that the pianist and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be playing High Lodge on June 6.

The popular musician, who performed at the woodland venue on the Norfolk-Suffolk border in 2003, will return with drummer Gilson Lavis, guest star Dave Edmunds and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall next year.

Today's announcement is the first confirmed date of the Forestry Commission's annual live music programme for High Lodge in 2009, which will include a total of six concerts in June and July.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra have become established as one of the most prolific touring artists in the UK, creating their own unique big band sound playing a mix of boogie-woogie, swing, jazz and R&B. They now play an average of 100 live shows a year, touring Britain and the world to audiences in excess of 250,000.

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Their latest album release, The Informer, is a true showcase of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra's musicianship reflecting the party atmosphere of their live shows. With a string of classic hits in the seventies, special guest Dave Edmunds is sure to bring some rock & roll to the proceedings.

Peter Rawlinson for High Lodge said: “We are delighted to have secured a date with Jools who last appeared at the venue to a sell-out crowd in 2003. The concert will be supporting the Forestry Commission's valuable social and environmental programmes and should prove a welcome return for his fans across East Anglia.”

Tickets are £32.00 (subject to booking fee) and go on general sale from 9.00am on Friday from the ticket hotline on 01842 814612 or online from www.forestry.gov.uk/music.