by Andrew Frisicano

John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) enjoying some cricket...
John Wesley Harding

As you can see above, John Wesley Harding has been taking a vacation abroad (documented on both his Twitter and MySpace blog). It wasn't all fun though -- the trip included a set of overseas shows too. Actually, hopefully those are fun too.

Harding's next show will take place July 8th at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. After that, Harding has a few full band gigs scheduled. John and friends come to the NYC area for a show at the Bell House on July 25th. Tickets are on sale. No word on which friends he'll bring with him, though we're willing to bet one of them will be Eugene Mirman who is also performing at the Brooklyn venue less than a week earlier.

JWH will be starting up his "Cabinet of Wonders" shows again too. That monthly residency at (Le) Poisson Rouge runs September 16th, October 7th and November 18th. No lineups have been announced, but past event fixtures have always included Eugene Mirman, and other authors and musicians.

Before those dates, Harding jumps on another friend's revue -- "Are You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals?" hosted by Errollyn Wallen at LPR on Tuesday, July 14th. Others on that bill include Margaret Leng Tan, Rita Porfiris, David Grand and Djonque.

Tickets for all of the John Wesley Harding LPR shows are on sale.

Harding's Cabinet of Wonders revue last visited NYC on April 15th, after a national March/April tour. If you're wondering, What the hell actually happens at these Cabinet of Wonders things? You can check out our coverage of the event's February 11th, March 11th and April 15th performances at LPR. Or look at the performer/set list chart from one of the most recent CoW events in Pittsburgh, with all tour dates, below...

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders 5/22/09

The Thunderbird Cafe
Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Glabicki (musician)
Terrance Hayes (poet)
The Cynics (acoustic)
Chris Mills (musician)
Megan Reilly (musician)

Intro - JWH and Eugene
Top of the Bottom - JWH
The End - JWH
You're My Favourite Song - Chris and JWH
Our Lady of the Highways - JWH and Chris
Poems - Terrance
Two Songs - Megan
Your Mind's Playing Tricks on You - Megan and Wes
Comedy - Eugene
Mrs Robinson - JWH and Eugene
Two Songs - The Cynics
Strychnine - The Cynics and JWH
Powderfinger - Michael and JWH
Two Songs - Michael
Hamlet - JWH
The Devil In Me - JWH
Star of Bethlehem - JWH and Megan
Delta Delta Delta - JWH, Eugene and The Assembled Company

John Wesley Harding - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 08 The Calderwood Courtyard @ The Museum of Fine Arts BOSTON, Massachusetts
Jul 14 Le Poiddon Rouge NEW YORK CITY, New York $
Jul 24 Riverside Gardens Park RED BANK, NJ, New Jersey #
Jul 25 The Bell House BROOKLYN, New York #
Jul 26 WXPN Xponential Music Festival PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania #
Sep 16 Le Poisson Rouge NEW YORK CITY, New York %
Oct 07 Le Poisson Rouge NEW YORK CITY, New York %
Oct 13 The Triple Door SEATTLE, Washington
Oct 14 Mississippi Studios PORTLAND, Oregon
Oct 15 TBA SAN FRANCISCO, California
Oct 18 McCabes SANTA MONICA, California
Nov 05 Cafe Fontana MAPLE SHADE, New Jersey
Nov 08 University Cafe @ Stony Brook University STONY BROOK, New York
Nov 18 Le Poisson Rouge NEW YORK CITY, New York %
$ Art You Worried About the Rising Cost of Funerals?
# w/ Band
% JWH's Cabinet of Wonders