Will Pound’s Through the Seasons – The Music of Morris and Folk Dance with Will Pound, Ross Grant, Benji Kirkpatrick and Debs Newbold
We’re delighted to announce that storyteller Debs Newbold will be part of this Arts Council-funded show, weaving in her spoken magic to the songs and tunes provided by Will, Ross and Benji.
Debs Newbold is one of the UK’s most exciting and skilled writer-performers, creating playful, thoughtful work that can get deep under the skin. Her work puts the poetic and the irreverent side by side, and often mixes modern theatre forms with the intimacy and informality of storytelling. Debs regularly plays venues as diverse as the Royal Opera House, the British Library, the Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre as well as many prestigious theatres and festivals both in the UK and abroad.
Through the Seasons with both visual design, archive material and wherever possible a real live dance team, will bring the Morris and folk dance year to life, in a unique and powerful musical experience, showing off English culture, tradition and history for all.
A album release will accompany the tour. Will has been travelling the country seeking out additional musicians renowned for their playing for dancing. He has also recorded dance sides themselves – the stepping feet of rapper champions Newcastle Kingsmen will feature!
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.
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)