Don’t Worry, Be Happy

The 36th season of Later with Jools Holland is in its third week and goes out this Tuesday and Friday on BBC Two. The recent appearances of two young English songwriters, Marina & the Diamonds and Kate Nash, continues when Laura Marling (pictured above, top left) appears this week. This year has seen her release her second, critically-acclaimed album, I Speak Because I Can, and has also seen her celebrate her twentieth birthday. When she was 17, she had to busk in the street outside the venue because she was refused entry to her own gig for being underage! She plays folk-tinged music in the vein of her friends and contemporary musicians, Noah & the Whale and Mumford & Sons. The Big To-Do is the title of the latest album from the Drive-By Truckers (bottom right), an alt-country band from the American South that includes three guitarists amongst its line-up. Damon Albarn’s other band, Gorillaz (top right), make their first appearance on Later to promote their recently-released third album, Plastic Beach. The vocals of Dante Terrell Smith-Bey also appear on that album and he’ll be making an appearance on the show, though he’s better known as Mos Def (bottom middle). The other two guests are the American vocalist Diane Birch (bottom left) and Bobby McFerrin (top middle), who’s best known for his hit that gives this post its title

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