MID the repeats and hastily cobbled together reviews-ofthe-year shows, we all know that there is really only one thing worth watching on New Year’s Eve. The first Jools’ Annual Hootenanny was shown on December 31, 1993 and featured Sting, Paul Young, Dina Carroll and, dating the show considerably more, Chaka Demus & Pliers.
Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have helped usher in each New Year ever since, although this year’s Hootenanny will be the last filmed at the BBC’s Television Centre. The iconic building was sold back in July, leaving Hootenanny and its parent show, Later... With Jools Holland, temporarily homeless.
That’s a matter for another time – the show must go on and all that. Let’s have a look at the line-up...
None of the names are surprising, least