Album review: WILL POUND – Through the Seasons: A Year In Morris and Folk Dance

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[Release date 04.05.18]

Will Pound has been three times ‘Musician of the Year’ nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and now he has produced an album celebrating the music of morris and folk dance music. He is joined by Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus, The Transports) on bouzouki and banjo and Ross Grant on fiddle. There are some notable guest musicians as well including John Kirkpatrick (Steeleye Span, the Albion Band, Brass Monkey) – he was also involved in the classic ‘Morris On’ album from 1972, Eliza Carthy and Patsy Reid.

The tunes are gathered from many regions including the Cotswolds, the Borders and the North West.

One tune many will recognise is ‘The Liberty Bell March’ which formed part of the ‘Monty Python’ theme tune. Elsewhere Eliza Carthy gives a suitably impressive vocal performance on ‘The Nutting Girl’ – a song that featured on the aforementioned ‘Morris On’ album. On ‘Fanny Frail’ the banjo playing of Benji Kirkpatrick blends well with the fiddle of Ross Grant and Will Pound on the melodeon. The musicianship is a delight to listen to and this really is an album to be enjoyed whatever the season of the year.

As a celebration of morris/folk dance tunes throughout the seasons this album achieves what Will Pound set out to do. Add in informative sleeve notes by Will and you have a future classic for lovers of morris/folk music. Perfectly timed for the recent upsurge and interest in morris and folk dancing in England.

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Author: The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A keen reader and lover of music plus of course my lifelong support of the mighty Potters, Stoke City! Enjoy running and the odd bit of fundraising.

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