Joining Jools on the second show of the 50th series is the pop star of the moment, Ed Sheeran, who returns to the show for the third time after owning most of the Top 20 following the recent release of his third album.
He will be performing in three different set-ups, including debuting the Irish band that accompanies him on his ‘Marmite’ hit tune Galway Girl.
Meanwhile, making his debut, is fully-qualified survivor Michael Chapman, a man now commemorating 50 years of touring with a new album entitled 50, released just after reaching his 76th birthday. This cult guitar legend was a peer of Wizz Jones and John Martyn and has recently enjoyed a renaissance thanks to the likes of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
Returning to the show is Tennessee-born and now Brooklyn-based, Valerie June, with songs from her second album The Order Of Time, now with a band in tow that mixes soul, rock and roll and gospel in an old-school cocktail of Southern roots.
Also in the room, and another debutant, is the lead singer of Odd Future-related LA band The Internet, the one and only SYD, who’s damaged and intimate R’n’B gives a female voice to a genre previously owned by the likes of The Weeknd.
Completing the line is the young Cuban powerhouse and Gilles Peterson protege Dayme Arocema with songs from her second LP – Cubafonia, which celebrates her country’s classic rhythms and flair for jazz.
Last but not least are Philadelphian duo Marian Hill, whose mysterious cut-up haunted electronica is blowing up stateside and sending Shazam into overdrive with the track Down, which features on their debut album Act One.
Director: Janet Fraser Crook
Series Producer: Alison Howe
Executive Producer: Mark Cooper
Later… Live with Jools Holland Episode 2 (of 8) airs on Tuesday 18 April 2017 from 10.00pm-10.30pm on BBC Two.