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Will Pound's 'The Music of Morris & Folk Dance'

Will Pound’s Through the Seasons: The Music of Morris & Folk Dance

Will Pound, Benji Kirkpatrick and Ross Grant with the support of footage, photos and stories bring the Morris and folk dance year to life, a host of memories for seasoned dancers or folk festival attendees and a unique and powerful musical experience in English culture, tradition and history for all.

A celebration of the year of folk dance, Through the Seasons gives audiences a chance to experience three exceptional musicians showcase beautiful arrangements of traditional dance tunes and songs, bringing their innovative and playful style with all the joy of a summer’s festival to the thrill of a winter’s fireside rapper sword-dance.

Will Pound is an award-winning professional harmonica and melodeon player. He has been nominated 3 times (in 2012, 2014 and 2015) for BBC Folk Musician of the Year, as well as winning Fatea Musician of the Year 2014 and 2015 and was also best newcomer for Songlines magazine in 2014.
His debut solo album and his most recent duo albums with Haddo and Pound & Jay have all appeared in the Telegraph’s Folk Albums of the Year 2016, 2014 and 2013, as well as gaining airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3.

“A flat-out genius harmonica player” MARK RADCLIFFE (BBC Radio 2)
“Virtuoso melodeon” FROOTS MAGAZINE
“A staggeringly brilliant performance” FOLK RADIO (Ignite 2016)
Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus, The Transports) plays bouzouki, banjo, mandolin and vocals.
“Everything that’s best in modern traditional music” ACOUSTIC (on Faustus)

Ross Grant (Inlay) is on violin and vocals.
“Heritage and innovation brought together without a visible seam” FOLKWORDS (on Inlay)
“Contemplative folk that looks backwards to move forwards” ~…~…~…~… SONGLINES (on Inlay’s Forge)

Will intends to involve a local dance team at every gig to dance on stage where space allows – or pre-show or during the interval which is potential for local audience development. The musicians are also skilled workshop leaders and it will be possible to explore the addition of workshops in ‘Playing for Dance’ and related topics where tour routing allows.

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