- 31 Dec 20
The two-hour show kicks off at 11.15pm on BBC2 on New Year's Eve, and features Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka, Celeste and Sir Tom Jones.
Jools Holland's annual 'Hootenanny' will go ahead tonight to celebrate the New Year - Covid or no Covid.
The show will feature legendary Irish dance musician Róisín Murphy following the release of her acclaimed September 2020 album Róisín Machine.
Joining the pianist and long-time show host in the BBC2 studio will be nu-soul singer Celeste, Sir Tom Jones, this year's Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka, prog musician Rick Wakeman, R&B/soul singer Ruby Turner and Holland's former Squeeze bandmate Chris Difford.
'Human' singer Rag 'N' Bone Man was slated to perform, but is no longer on the bill.
There will also be archive footage from previous Hootenannies, with Jamiroquai, Rudimental and Ella Eyre, Madness, ABC and Aloe Blacc all featuring.
Read the Hot Press interview from September between Tanis Smither and Róisín Murphy here.
"Just as well, then, that the Irish dance-pop queen has crafted an album that makes for enormously compelling listening in any environment," Smither wrote in her review of Róisín Machine.
"Whether you're at home washing the dishes, or – hopefully at some future juncture – partying in the depths of a Berlin nightclub, the music has a rapturous quality. With Murphy's intoxicating vocals underpinned by killer grooves courtesy of DJ Parrot (Crooked Man), the record feels at once nostalgic and intensely modern. Covering most of the disco rhythms, from the funky ‘Incapable’ to the '70s-inspired stomper ‘Murphy’s Law’, Róisín Machine is a spellbinding effort, boasting some of Murphy's best work yet.