REVIEW: Jools Holland at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Mel C and Jools Holland Barrow Hill. 13.9.14
Mel C and Jools Holland Barrow Hill. 13.9.14

“The sound of the steam train inspired Boogie woogie music” mused Jools Holland as he concluded his summer tour at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

The concert opened with Irish singer/songwriter Jack Lukeman, a solo acoustic artist who proved that one man and a guitar can really get a crowd warm up.

His mix of blues guitar and Irish folk themes entertained the 1600-strong sellout crowd and had us all singing along.

Jools Holland and his band took to the stage and played a knockout two hour set.

The charismatic band leader started the show by playing a selection of big-band numbers which were driven along by an impressive brass section with soloists stepping forward to show their virtuosity.

The set then moved to vocal songs, fronted by his fabulous backing singers who really wowed the crowd.

After a brief comparing, Jools Holland took to the mic and lead the band into a boogie woogie section which got everyone’s’ toes tapping.

The mood in the old train shed was high, only to be raised by Mel C taking to the stage and blowing the audience away with her powerful voice, performing a reggae cover of her hit ‘Never be the same again’.

Her voice energised the crowd and received a huge round of applause as she closed her section of the show.

The bar was really set when Ruby Turner took to the stage and blew the audience away with her powerful vocal talent. She led the band through a selection of R&B numbers which were brought to a close with a full band cover of the ska classic ‘Enjoy yourself’.

The band left the stage and reappeared to play an encore of 3 songs at which points the lights came on. This was a fantastic concert hosted in a fantastic venue.

By Oliver Parker