Will Pound & Eddy Jay
The dynamic and exhilarating duo of Will Pound and Eddy Jay leave audiences breathless. Together Will Pound and Eddy Jay create a sound and show like no other. The pair read each other instinctively, forging a path to new folk sounds with harmonica and accordion together as one instrument.
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 of FATEA Instrumentalist of the Year (2013, 2014) and Spiral Earth Magazine Musician Of The Year (2015)
Will has performed with musicians as diverse as Martin Simpson, Concerto Caledonia, Michelle Burke and Guy Chambers and is famous for his inventive arrangements and outstanding solos in duos Haddo, Walsh and Pound and four-piece The Will Pound Band.
Eddy Jay is a master of the accordion with the ability to turn it into an orchestra at his fingertips.
He was 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 (NY)He has performed with Cathal Coughlan and Tina May, devised his own version of Prokofiev´s classic ´Peter and the Wolf´ and Edith Piaf show which have toured the UK and beyond.
´A musical exaltation´ - Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3/World On 3
´A dynamic set of ear-expanding tunes´ - The Independent
´Staggeringly brilliant´ - Folk Radio co.uk
´Amazing, wonderful music! Two lads on fire´ - Mike Harding
´We live in an age where there is so much new music constantly at our fingertips it makes it hard for anything to seem really unique, innovative or surprising. But the exhilarating sound of Will Pound´s harmonica teaming with Eddy Jay´s masterful accordion playing is just that´ - NARC Magazine
´Feverishly wonderful - absolutely stunning stuff. Will is a genius of global proportions´ - Phil Brown, BBC Lancashire
´Wow - that sounds phenomenal doesn´t it? Will is one of the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country today and he´s teamed up with an inspiring accordionist - Bruce Macgregor, BBC Scotland
´Tremendous stuff - sparks are certainly flying here! - Frank Hennessy, BBC Wales
´Technically amazing, skilfully astounding, Ignite is the most startlingly original album. You´re going to love it- no discussion, no debate! - Folkwords