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Legendary acoustic ‘Strawbs’ to play Cazenovia

The Strawbs will perform an acoustic set at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College. Singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding will join the concert as a special guest.

The Strawbs will perform an acoustic set at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College. Singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding will join the concert as a special guest.

— Live Space Entertainment and the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College will present an evening of British folk-rock at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, when progressive rock legends, The Strawbs, bring their acoustic set to Cazaenovia, with special guest singer-songwriter-author John Wesley Harding.

Tickets are $22, and are now available at Cazenovia Jewelry on Albany Street in Cazenovia, at Sound Garden in Syracuse’s Armory Square, by calling 655-7827 and online at brownpapertickets.com/event/265940. All Live Space Entertainment productions welcome the donation of canned and nonperishable food items for CazCares.

For more information, call Executive Producer Tom Honan at 263-2254, or email tomhonan@hotmail.com.

As the Strawbs move into their fifth decade of making music, it is still difficult to categorize the unique sound that has made them Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band. The Acoustic Strawbs are led by founder, songwriter, guitarist and singer David Cousins, along with longtime bandmates Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk.

Cousins has been described as the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England. The Strawbs are often compared to progressive rock bands Moody Blues, King Crimson and Yes (legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman played in both the Strawbs and in Yes).

The live acoustic shows will perfectly complement the Strawbs’ distinctive mix of humor, orchestral stylings and harmonic bliss the band is known for. The set list includes favorites from the entire 45-year history of the band, including “Lemon Pie,” “Lay Down” and “Hero and Heroine.” Half the fun of attending a Strawbs concert is David Cousins’ witty and intelligent storytelling. For more information about the group, visit strawbs.co.uk.

Wesley Stace is a folk/pop singer-songwriter and author who goes by the stage name John Wesley Harding. Under his real name, he has written three novels. He was born in Hastings, East Sussex, England. His given name, Wesley, comes from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who preached one of his last sermons in the town where Harding was born. His stage name is the same as the Bob Dylan 1967 album (and song) John Wesley Harding, for which he misspelled the outlaw John Wesley Hardin’s name, adding a final ‘g.’

For more information, visit johnwesleyharding.com

The Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College is located at 16 Lincklaen St. in Cazenovia. Event tickets are available at the door before the event, and may also be purchased by calling 655-7827.

For event information contact Colleen Prossner, theatre manager, at 655-7238 or cprossner@cazenovia.edu.

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