John Wesley Harding

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Tags: singer-songwriter british folk alternative seen live folk rock rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wesley Harding Stace, 22 October 1965, Hastings, East Sussex, England. A self-styled renegade folk musician, Harding is a sharply observant and witty English songwriter who has had to battle critical carping over his vocal similarities to Elvis Costello. He decided to pursue a musical career after studying for a PhD in political and social theory at Cambridge University. Harding’s debut album was a recording of a solo acoustic live set, and contained the barbed critique of Live Aid, ‘July 13th 1985’. He then re-read Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ as a folk song on The Christmas EP, which also contained a surreal collaboration with Viv Stanshall. Harding’s first studio effort, 1990’s Here Comes The Groom, was a superior collection showcasing Harding’s confrontational style and acerbic wit, and featured the Attractions’ Pete Thomas (drums) and Bruce Thomas (bass), giving the album musical depth but also presenting an easy...

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