Harmonica genius Will Pound brings first tour to The Place

Will Pound Band at The Place. Credit Ian Andrews.
Will Pound Band at The Place. Credit Ian Andrews.

The Will Pound Band kick off their first tour this month and will bring the genius harmonica player to Bedford on their travels.

The tour kicks off at the world’s biggest winter music festival - Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – on January 31 with a finale at Sheffield University on February 24, showcasing their much anticipated debut EP.

They may have been performing for barely a year but the increasingly impressive Will Pound Band have been making waves at sold out live shows, festivals and industry conferences up and down

the country with their exuberant, feel-good music.

“A flat out genius harmonica player” is the description of Will Pound by Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe.

See for yourself when the band arrives at The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford on Wednesday, February 4.

Another critic said: “Will shows astounding virtuosity on his array of harmonicas and all four musicians are thoroughly at home with a melange of styles - this is truly a band full of surprises.”

Tuning up for their first ever tour, their fresh intricately interwoven music is a perfect sound to greet a new year. The quartet is led by Will Pound - recognised as one of the best harmonica players in the world – aided and abetted by the wealth of talent that is Nizlopi’s double bass playing, beat-boxing John Parker, singer and guitarist Chris Sarjeant (Jackie Oates Band) and 2013 London Fiddle Champion Henry Webster.

The band featured widely in national print and broadcast media on the release of Pound’s critically acclaimed debut solo album A Cut Above last year, including a feature on BBC Breakfast TV.

It’s a success story born from adversity. Having undergone heart operations as a child Will took up harmonica as an aid to breathing problems – and it has certainly worked! Twice nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted Musician of the Year title and Songlines Magazine 2014 Best Newcomer, he now heads one of the most exciting new bands on the roots circuit.

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £12 in advance or £14 on the door. Call 01234 718112 or visit www.theplacebedford.org.uk