"The dynamic and exhilarating duo of Will Pound and Eddy Jay leave audiences breathless."
That’s the opening line of their booking agent’s PR blurb and I can vouch for that, and then some. I booked them for a little event I programme in Dorset in June every year called Chilled Cider and I must say that their set last year brought the house down in a way that I’ve not witnessed since I started doing the event over a decade ago. The amount of whooping and hollering from the crowd went off the scale, such was the level of ‘breathlessness’ and musical mayhem in this old Dorset pub. So I’m very pleased that we’ve pinned them down to attendance at the first Campfire jamboree and I have no doubt that they will win new friends as well as actively engaging with the political discourse of the weekend.
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And so, Will and Eddy?
Will Pound is one of the finest harmonica players of his generation whose innovative style pushes the boundaries of his instrument and the folk genre. Three-time nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year, he has held the accolades galore. Famous for his inventive arrangements and outstanding solos in duos Haddo, Walsh and Pound and four-piece The Will Pound Band, Will has performed with musicians as diverse as Martin Simpson, Concerto Caledonia, Michelle Burke and Guy Chambers.
If you don’t believe what I’m saying about his genius, then try Mark Radcliffe “A flat out genius harmonica player"
Eddy Jay is a real master of the accordion with the ability to turn it into an orchestra at his fingertips. A key player in the arrangement of the hit stage musical version of Noel Coward’s ‘Brief Encounter’ (Kneehigh theatre) which toured US theatres including Studio 56 on Broadway and former member of Newfolks with Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Mabon, he is eclectic in both his performance and arrangements. He has performed with Cathal Coughlan and Tina May, devised his own version of Prokofiev’s classic ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and Edith Piaf tribute show which have toured the UK and beyond.
“You find yourself hearing new chords of feeling, of apprehension and suspicion, that speak volumes.” The New York Times (Brief Encounter)