Jools is latest Blickling addition

The king of swing Jools Holland will descend on Norfolk this summer as Blickling Hall's penultimate musical act.

The king of swing Jools Holland will descend on Norfolk this summer as Blickling Hall's penultimate musical act.

The popular performer is the latest artist to be confirmed as part of the National Trust's live concert line-up with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Tickets for the gig on Saturday July 23, followed by a spectacular firework finale, go on sale today , which organisers hope will add a bit of variety to their rock and pop shows.

Pop Idol star Will Young and veteran rock band Status Quo were announced last week and American singer Meat Loaf has already sold out his 9000 Blickling park capacity.

The fifth and final act, which will play on Sunday July 24, will be confirmed over the next couple of weeks.

But organisers quashed rumours that it would be another pop pin-up.

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“We have gone through 15 names before contracts were signed for the five acts this year, but it definitely won't be Ronan Keating or Anastacia,” said Blickling events manager Shirley Donovan.

She added that the latest addition would suit the National Trust's regular audiences, who have been to see Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Brian Adams and Chris de Burgh over the last seven years.

“It will be laid-back picnic in the park, followed by a firework finale. We have been lucky this year to cater for a much wider audience,” she said.

Jools Holland makes his Blickling debut with his 18-piece blues band in the middle of a frantic summer tour, which includes gigs at Glastonbury festival, Kew Gardens and Newmarket Racecourse.

The 47-year-old, who has sold millions of records with the Squeeze and the Rhythm a Blues Orchestra, has worked with some of the most talented musicians and songwriters over the decades, including, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, BB King, Sting and Paul Weller.

Holland, who is also a successful television presenter and published author, received an OBE for his services to the British music industry in 2003.

Legendary drummer Gilson Lavis, who has toured with Holland for more than 25 years, and guest vocalists Sam Brown and Ruby Turner will also appear on July 23.

Tickets for the show are priced £27.50 and go on sale at 9am. Call 0870 0104900 or 0870 4422100.

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