Wesley Stace & The English UK (John Wesley Harding) + Juliana Hatfield

Wesley Stace & The English UK (John Wesley Harding) + Juliana Hatfield

October 12 · Thursday

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show / $25 Reserved

This event is 21 and over

Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1965. Under the name John Wesley Harding, he released 17 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full-on pop. His newest album, Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding, will be released on February 24, 2017. Wes created Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, a one-of-a-kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians. From its home base at City Winery in New York City, where it was called “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer” by the New Yorker, the Cabinet has since been performed in theaters around the country and around the world. He has also published four novels, including the international bestseller Misfortune, the most recent being Wonderkid. Stace reviews for the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement, and he has taught at Princeton, Swarthmore and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lives in Philadelphia.
Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new “Pussycat” album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist.

But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”

She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and fifteen brand-new songs.

Hatfield produced and played every instrument other than drums—bass, keyboards, guitars, vocals. From start to finish—recording through mixing—the whole thing took a total of just twelve and a half days to complete.

“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” says Hatfield. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving and controlling me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do. Even my hands—it felt like they were not my hands. I played bass differently– looser, more confident, better.”

“Pussycat” comes on the heels of last year’s Hatfield collaboration with Paul Westerberg , the I Don’t Cares’ “Wild Stab” album, and before that, 2015’s Juliana Hatfield Three (“My Sister”, “Spin The Bottle”) reunion/reformation album, “Whatever, My Love”.

“I’ve always been prolific and productive and I have a good solid work ethic but this one happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think or plan,” says Hatfield. “I just went with it, rode the wave. And now it is out of my hands. It feels a little scary.”

”Pussycat” is being released into a very tense, divided and inflamed America. The songs are reflective of that atmosphere—angry (“When You’re A Star”), defiant (“Touch You Again”), disgusted (“Rhinoceros”), but also funny (“Short-Fingered Man”), reflective (“Wonder Why”), righteous (“Heartless”) and even hopeful (“Impossible Song”, with its chorus of ‘What if we tried to get along/and sing an impossible song’).
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com