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Critically Acclaimed Acoustic Folk Singer Comes to Hamilton

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Posted February 16, 1996
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John Wesley Harding, who opened two shows on Bruce Springsteen's recent solo tour, will play on Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn at Hamilton College. He will be joined with special guests Jabbering Trout. The event is part of the Acoustic Coffeehouse Series, sponsored by the Hamilton College Campus Activities Board. Admission is $5 for the general public and free with a Hamilton I.D.

Harding's 1990 American debut, Here Comes the Groom, quietly earned him a reputation as "the best singer-songwriter of his generation." The Los Angeles Times called it "the first great album of the 1990s." Since then, he's cemented his renown as a singer-songwriter of the finest order, with numerous albums and live performances. An artist that's not afraid to tackle subjects that others wouldn't attempt, Harding consistently stretches the boundaries of folk music as we know it.

Born in Hastings (East Sussex, England), Harding was a self-taught musician who picked up chords while listening to John Prine and Bob Dylan records as a student. While working on his Ph.D. in cultural studies at Cambridge University, he decided he should be playing his own music instead of writing about it.

Headlining his own shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, Harding is frequently called upon by prestigious musicians as an opening act, his skills as a live performer preceding him to opening slot gigs with Los Lobos, Joan Baez, The Band and Ray Davies. His albums include, The Name Above the Title, Why We Fight and his 1996 release, John Wesley Harding's New Deal.

Jabbering Trout is an act that appeals to a wide variety of listeners due to their diverse strengths. This Boston duo brings acoustic and alternative music together in a way that doesn't dilute the best of either. The down-to-earth attitude, lyrics, melodies and harmonies of acoustic music blend with the raw energy and groove of alternative music to give this act their unique sound which has been described as "alternative folk" and "folk throb."

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