Wednesday night

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra performed at Castle Concerts on Wednesday 11 July 2018.

The performance featured Gilson Lavis with special guest Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae.

This year we were pleased to welcome Jools Holland back to the Castle Concerts. After a short stint at the legendary Blue Note Café in New York, and a short and intimate European club tour, Jools is embarking on his Spring/Summer UK tour with The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Marc Almond as the special guest.

 

About Jools

Jools Holland OBE DL was born Julian Miles Holland on 24th January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London. At the age of eight, he could play the piano fluently by ear, and by the time he reached his early teens he was proficient and confident enough to be appearing regularly in many of the pubs in South East London and the East End Docks.

At the age of 15, Jools was introduced to Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford; together they formed Squeeze, and shortly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis (who had already played with, among others, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Max Wall) – who still drums with Jools.

In 1987, Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band – comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 19-piece Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and three trombones.

As well as formidable live performances, Jools has maintained a prolific recording career since signing to Warner Music in 1996, which includes the multimillion selling Jools Holland and Friends series. Notable 'friends' have included Sting, Chrissie Hynde, George Harrison, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Bono, Joe Strummer, KT Tunstall, Robert Plant, Smokey Robinson, Sugababes, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Solomon Burke, and many more.

Special guests

Supporting Act

Gilson Lavis, Marc Almond and vocalists Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Rosie Mae.

There are a number of ways you can get here to experience what Castle Concerts has to offer. An overview of travel options and help is listed below:

CAR PARKING

There is no parking directly on site, however there are a number of pay and display car parks located near by.

COACHES

There is a free of charge coach park located in nearby Corporation Street, and a coach drop off point at the rear of the visitor information centre. For more information please contact mary.sewell@medway.gov.uk

TRAIN ACCESS

Rochester station is a short walk from the venue (less than 5 minutes). Strood station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the venue, over Rochester Bridge. Click here to visit South Eastern's website.

BUS ACCESS

Services in Rochester are operated by Arriva and Nu Venture. Alight in Corporation Street, which is a short distance from the castle.

SAT NAV

Postcode: ME1 1SW

A range of hot and cold snacks are available in the castle gardens. Bars, selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, will be open during the concerts. They will close 30 minutes before the end of each concert.

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure overall safety and enjoyment, we will now be following live music event best practice, similar to other concerts of this nature. Therefore, no drinks - except for sealed bottles of water - will be allowed into the Castle Concerts. Drinks will be allowed to be brought in for the Saturday night Proms only but no glass is permitted with the exception of champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco etc in sealed, pressurised corked bottles.

You may have noticed it’s been a little on the warm side recently! And it’s looking like it’s set to continue all of next week during the concerts. Therefore, due to this extreme hot weather, you will be allowed to bring in sealed bottles of soft drinks, as well as sealed bottles of water during this year’s concerts. Please be aware, no cans will be allowed – sealed bottles only.

Enjoy and stay hydrated!

SEATING

Reasonably sized collapsible chairs are allowed into the castle gardens. A limited number of seats will be available and issued on a first come, first served basis.

AMENITIES

Toilets are available within the castle grounds. No barbecues or gas cylinders will be permitted under any circumstances. No dogs (except guide dogs) or other pets will be admitted.

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