Acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound is embarking on a musical journey across the states of the European Union, to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of their traditional music and song.

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From the lively Swedish polska to the upbeat Italian tarantella, the lilt of the Irish jig, to buoyant French bourées, relentless rachenistas from Bulgaria and the rip-roaring Spanish jota – these tunes have travelled, evolved and merged as Europeans have enjoyed freedom of movement and expression, a shining example of the strength and joy in unity.

Together with Polish poet, Bohdan Piasecki, and a live band featuring Jenn Butterworth (Songs of Separation, Kinnaris Quintet), multi-instrumentalist Jude Rees (Jim Moray, RSC, Pilgrims Way), bass player and beatboxer John Parker (Nizlopi) and fiddle player Patsy Reid (Breabach), join Will and be uplifted by the joyous sounds of the traditions of a continent and hear the stories and hopes of those affected by the politics of division.

An accompanying album featuring this new ensemble, alongside a host of guest musicians, will be released in May 2020.

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A Day Will Come: The Album

Released in May 2020, Will Pound’s A Day Will Come features a traditional tune or song from or inspired by the traditional music of the 27 states of the European Union. These are tunes that have travelled and evolved, mixed and merged – played with joy, a love of tradition and a sense of adventure.

The album features Will’s touring band Jenn Butterworth, Jude Rees, Patsy Reid and John Parker, alongside poet Bodhan Piasecki, special guests Dame Evelyn Glennie, Liz Carroll, Gudrun Walther, Dunja Bahtijarević, Stream of Sound and Caroline Price, and three solo tracks.

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Will Pound: A Day Will Come  

  • 5 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // St. Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe, Somerset, United Kingdom

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  • 6 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // Stanley Halls, Croydon, United Kingdom

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  • 7 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // Theatre Royal, Wakefield, United Kingdom

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  • 8 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // Victoria Hall, Settle, United Kingdom

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  • 9 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • 12 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

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  • 14 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // Sheffield University Firth Hall, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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  • 31 May 2020

    Will Pound: A Day Will Come // Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, United Kingdom

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