Review: Will Pound Band, Diss Corn Hall

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Considering he is one of the best harmonica players on the planet, Will Pound seems a remarkably self-effacing man. Content to let his harmonica do the talking, chat took second place to an expert performance by his ensemble of gifted musicians.

Henry Webster got some extraordinary sounds out his fiddle, accompanying Will’s harmonica while Chris Sarjeant constantly moved things forward with his guitar. Sarjeant also sang, revealing a fine voice that left you wanting more of the same.

John Parker’s vocal contribution shouldn’t be underestimated either. His accomplished beat boxing counterpointed his bass to brilliant effect. Allied to the unorthodox percussive use of his double bass, it gave the music drive and momentum.

It makes you wonder if, although Will Pound was deservedly nominated for BBC2’s folk musician of the year, this sold the group short. In an age where musical genres are constantly redefined, their genre-defying mash-up seems to take music so much further than the confines of folk.

DAVID VASS