After the opening credits, featuring Jools Holland arriving suitably late for the show, he would kick off by playing a piano riff which would then, encourage each act to join in turn, or as an ensemble. The series soon attracted the calibre of artist coveted by the Q buying public. Each series lasted no more than six shows, but has proved to be the most successful British music TV series since Top Of The Pops. Featuring the world’s most bored looking audience it's hardly influential. It's become the Last Of The Summer Wine of pop telly.
Virtually everyone of any worth, with the usual exception of Bob Dylan, has appeared on the show. Holland leads each show (and he's never missed one of them) with distinct authority like an orchestral conductor.
The annual Hootnanny show has become the one show that pubs up and down the country show every New Year's Eve.
In October 2017 the show celebrated its twenty-