Critically Acclaimed Acoustic Folk Singer Comes to Hamilton

John Wesley Harding, who opened two shows onBruce 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 specialguests Jabbering Trout. The event is part of the Acoustic CoffeehouseSeries, sponsored by the Hamilton College Campus Activities Board. Admissionis $5 for the general public and free with a Hamilton I.D.

Harding's 1990 American debut, Here Comes the Groom, quietly earned hima reputation as "the best singer-songwriter of his generation." The LosAngeles 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, withnumerous albums and live performances. An artist that's not afraid to tacklesubjects that others wouldn't attempt, Harding consistently stretches theboundaries of folk music as we know it.

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

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

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

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