Friday 23rd May 2014
The Square Tower,
Hants, PO1 2JE.
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Young Harmonica Genius brings band to The Square Tower!
Nominated for Musician Of The Year 2014 Radio 2 Folk Awards!
Nominated for Musician Of The Year 2012 Radio 2 Folk Awards!
Named FATEA Magazine 2011 Instrumentalist Of The Year!
Phew – what with all those prestigious nominations, we’re surprised that Will has time for anything else! But lucky us in that he has agreed to bring his newly formed band (the err, Will Pound Band!) down to the South Coast and the historic confines of this wonderfully atmospheric venue of ours.
Recognised as one of the best harmonica players of his generation, 26-year-old Will Pound will show why he is undoubtedly “A Cut Above” with the release of a barnstormer of a debut solo album in October 2013.
Together with banjo player Dan Walsh he made his name in the duo Walsh and Pound but now he steps out on his own in this eclectic 12-track album.
Nominated for the 2014 (and 2012!) BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Musician of the Year” title, Warwickshire-based Will lives on a narrowboat near the Grand Union and Oxford Canals – making the album title especially apt, with “cut” being slang for canal.
Playing both diatonic and chromatic harmonica he reaches the parts others harp players simply don’t. An outstanding natural talent, Will has quickly made his mark on the acoustic scene, despite suffering from dyslexia and not reading music.
An effervescent, life-affirming album, A Cut Above acrobatically hops across bluegrass, folk and jazz to blues, rock, pop and funk featuring both new arrangements of trad numbers and inventive original material. Be it a sultry take on Amazing Grace, the jaunty title track written by Will and wife Nicky, or the barely-time- to-catch-your-breath bluegrass fave Clinch Mountain Back Step, this is a compelling and dazzling display of virtuosity.
The album is produced by Andy Seward and Andie Thomson and Will is aided and abetted by some of the finest musicians on the scene – guitar genius Martin Simpson, melodeon ace Andy Cutting, top Scottish folk musician Kris Drever, 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year Tim Edey and Irish singer/multi-instrumentalist Damien O’Kane.
Named FATEA Magazine’s 2011 Instrumentalist of the Year, Will has been described as “one of the most original harmonica players in Britain” and his flair and panache is immediately evident on the frenetic opening traditional tune medley of Soldiers’ Joy, Floating Candle and The Duchess.
He also excels on Morris tunes like White Jock and Dearest Dickie, on Chris Wood’s Mrs Saggs and his own sublime tune Waxy’s which had its first airing at Waxy O’Connor’s Glasgow bar during the Celtic Connections festival.
Rarely taking his foot off the accelerator, Will revisits the mountain ballad Old Joe Clark, the first tune he learnt on harmonica at the age of 10. Born with a heart defect and having to undergo several operations as a child, Will was encouraged to take up the harmonica by his father as a way of helping with his breathing and overall health – and it certainly worked!
Last year the harp ace joined forces with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Shane MacGowan, Glenn Tillbrook and Mel C on the Hillsborough charity single – the emotive cover of The Hollies classic He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – which became the Christmas No.1. Will also played a key role on the accompanying video, opening the song with a poignant harmonica solo. See here.
The single was produced by Guy Chambers (known for his chart-topping co-writes with Robbie Williams on such famous songs as Angels, Rock DJ and Millennium.) Chambers invited Will to play on the record after meeting him on the BBC2 series Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment where he was a mentor.
12lve (Goldie’s Band), a group of 12 flourishing young musicians, was launched via the BBC programme, going on to memorably play at Buckingham Palace.
Will has now formed his own Will Pound Band with key musicians Henry Webster – (violin), the 2013 London Fiddle Convention Competition winner; guitarist Chris Sarjeant( Jackie Oates Band) and John Parker (double bass), one half of UK chart topping Nizlopi, who has also guested with Newton Faulkner, Ed Sheeran and Paper Aeroplanes.
Guaranteed to get the Tower buzzing with excitement!!
What The Critics Are Saying……
“A flat out genius harmonica player” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Cements his status as one of the worlds top harmonica players with this release” Daily Telegraph
“Punchy, wonderful energy and virtuoso playing” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
“The lad’s virtuosity is just amazing” Mike Harding
“Every now and then, someone comes along in the music scene who stops you in your tracks. This is without doubt one of the finest albums of 2103” FATEA
“Even those normally resistant to the charms of the moothie will succumb to its delights when confronted with such musicianship as Will demonstrates on this sparkling solo debut album with literally breathtaking pyrotechnics!” fRoots Magazine
“This is jaw dropping, outstanding harmonica playing – this man demonstrates a mastery of an instrument that will leave you riveted” Folkworlds
“Being able to play with someone like Will is such a buzz” Guy Chambers
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