John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders Opens FDU’s WAMFEST Season

MADISON, N.J. (November 20, 2009)— John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders, a critically acclaimed variety show, will kick off the 2010 WAMFEST season with a free performance at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Dreyfuss Theater at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham. Called by The Village Voice “a brilliant evening of laid-back fun,” Harding's Cabinet of Wonders is an extraordinary touring show made up of nationally renowned musicians, writers and comedians.

The performance will be the premiere event of the 2010 Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST), created and hosted by FDU’s Creative Writing Programs.

Harding, called a "gifted songwriter, singer, and novelist" by the Wall Street Journal, has released 15 music albums, ranging in style from folk to pop, and has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop and many of the leading artists of our time. He has also written two best-selling novels, with a third due out next year under his real name, Wesley Stace.

The current “Cabinet” lineup consists of musicians Greta Gertler and P.T. Walkley, writer Rick Moody, and comedians Todd Barry and Larry Murphy. Gertler plays artistic, keyboard-driven pop and has already released three albums. Walkley recently opened for Coldplay at Madison Square Garden, and his debut album, “Mr. Macy Wakes Alone,” will be released in January 2010. Most famous for his 1994 novel “The Ice Storm,” Moody has written nine books, including three other novels. Barry has done standup comedy on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” He has also appeared on “The Howard Stern Show.” Murphy is a voice actor and comic; he has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” several times and currently plays Jay the doorman on the Adult Swim television show “Delocated.”

WAMFEST is an annual series sponsored by FDU’s Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, FDU’s Office of Student Life and the Creative Writing Programs of FDU. WAMFEST, a unique, innovative, and groundbreaking series, is designed to celebrate the literary quality of popular music and to break down the barriers between the community and academia. It bridges the gap between the literature in universities and the literature of the people, bringing famous artists into an intimate setting for discussions and performances. Past guests have included Rosanne Cash, John Wesley Harding, Eugene Mirman, Dave Marsh and David Gates.

Future performances in the series will be announced in the coming months.

For more information, contact David Daniel at (973) 443-8736 or at To request tickets to the Dec. 8 event, e-mail Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J. 07940.

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