A Cut Above

Will Pound

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Folk, Rock
Lulubug Records
October 28, 2013

Format: Compact Disc



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The young BBC award-nominated harmonica virtuoso who made a name in duo Walsh & Pound, steps out on his own with this barnstormer of a solo debut album.

Recognised as one of the best harmonica players of his generation, 26-year old Will Pound shows why he is undoubtedly "A Cut Above" with this stand out, solo debut album. Nominated for the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Musician of the Year' title, the Warwickshire canal boat dwelling harp ace distinctively featured on the Christmas No 1 Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy' and has now formed his own Will Pound Band.

Playing both diatonic and chromatic harmonica he reaches the parts others harp players simply don't. An effervescent, life-affirming album it acrobatically hops across bluegrass, folk and jazz to blues, rock, pop and funk featuring both new arrangements of trad numbers and inventive original material. Be it a sultry take on 'Amazing Grace', the jaunty title track written by Will and wife Nicky or the barely-time-to-catch-your-breath bluegrass fave 'Clinch Mountain Back Step', this is a compelling and dazzling display of virtuosity.

Will is aided and abetted by some of the finest musicians on the scene with Martin Simpson, Kris Drever, Damien O'Kane, Andy Cutting and Tim Edey all making appearances.

Press Quotes

"Remarkable harmonica pyrotechnics"

Daily Telegraph

"An absolute barnstormer of a debut album – punchy, wonderful energy and virtuoso playing"

Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6

"This album is a complete stunner – damn, damn good! A genius of the tin sandwich!"

Mike Harding

"This album is pretty spectacular – what an incredible gift – what a genius this man is!"

Bruce Macgregor, BBC Radio Scotland

"Good grief – I am breathless. This album is absolutely brilliant – get hold of a copy I implore you!

Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire

"His skills on harmonica have been praised by many and with this album is it clear to see why. These are tunes that would be challenging on any instrument, never mind the harmonica!"

Bright Young Folk

"Even those normally resistant to the charms of the moothie will succumb to its delights when confronted with such musicianship as Will demonstrates on this sparkling solo debut album with its literally breathtaking pyrotechnics!"

David Kidman fRoots

"This is jaw dropping, outstanding harmonica playing – this man demonstrates a mastery of an instrument that will leave you riveted"


"Cements his status as one of the world's top harmonica players". This is English music that really is a cut above".

Martin Chilton Culture Editor Telegraph online ****

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number LULU1234
Barcode 0799599153722
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 38g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 120mm x 8mm x 140mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Soldiers Joy, Floating Candle, The Dutchess -
2. White Jock -
3. Morgan Rattler -
4. Waxy's -
5. Michael Turners Waltz -
6. Old Joe Clark -
7. Mrs Saggs -
8. Dearest Dickie -
9. Amazing Grace -
10. 93 Not Out -
11. Clinch Mountain Backstep -
12. A Cut Above, The Hesleyside Reel -