North Country Fair, Sept 17-18

Look for me, playing my didgeridoo, at the 2016 North Country Fair.  I’ll perform on the lawn stage at 11:00am on Saturday Sept 17

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5th Annual Humboldt Makers Fair,

Saturday August 1 Old Town Eureka

This Saturday, I’ll perform at the 5th annual Humboldt Makers Fair.  This event celebrates Humboldt’s DIY culture and creative self-expression.  You can hear me perform on electric didgeridoo from 12 noon to 1pm in front of the Romano Gabriel exhibit to kick off the event, and then I’ll play again, from 2-3pm in front of the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka.

humboldt makers fair

Wednesday July 22, Shelter Cove

I’ve been invited to play and talk about the didgeridoo at a workshop for kids in Shelter cove led by Paige Wygant.  Paige will teach dot painting, in the style of Australian aborigines.

Saturday May 30, Benbow State Recreation Area

On Saturday May 30, starting around 9pm I’ll perform on electric didgeridoo as part of the 39th Annual Summer Arts and Music Festival.  Look for me in the Belly-Dance Tent after dark.   No, I will not belly-dance, but you are welcome to belly-dance to my music if you like.


Saturday, May 2 2015, Mateel Community Center in Redway

On Saturday May 2, I’ll perform at the Mateel Community Center as part of the Cuzin Marc’s Funk Memorial.  I’ll be playing electric didgeridoo as funkily as I can.  I’ll let you know more when I find out more.


Saturday, Aug 2 Oldtown Eureka

Humboldt Maker’s Street Fair

This Saturday, August Second, for 3:00-$:30pm, my partner, Amy Gustin and I will perform at the Humboldt Makers Street Fair.

humboldt makers fairWe will perform some pieces from Amy’s radio show, The Big Picture,

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some pieces from my CD Live Electric Didgeridoo,

John Hardin electric Didgeridoo

photo by Bob Doran

and from our 2013 release …Um …Uh …Gum Eh?

cover 2Look for us on the 2nd Street stage from 3:00 to 4:30 this Saturday.

June 28, Garberville

Humboldt Hooenanny

humboldt hootenanny

May 31-June 1st
Summer Arts and Music Festival
at Benbow State Recreation Area


This year, at the Mateel Community Center’s annual Summer Arts and Music Festival, which takes place at Benbow State recreation Area South of Garberville on May 31 and June 1, The Big Picture will perform both days, in the afternoon on The Youth Stage. Also, on Saturday night, May 31, I’ll perform on electric didgeridoo with special guest, Okra P. Dingle on musical saw and vocals from 8:30 to 10:00 PM in The Belly Dancing tent.

The Big Picture, features Amy Gustin on vocals and me (John Hardin) on electric didgeridoo. We will perform pieces from our new eponymous album about the history of life on Earth, the human brain, and the ecology of beliefs.

Moonrise Herbs, Friday April 11 2014

moonrise herbs

On Friday April 11, from 6-9pm, you can hear me play electric didgeridoo at Moonrise Herbs on the plaza in Arcata. This will be my first live performance of 2014. I hope to see you there!

photo credit bob doran

I’m very excited to share some of the new material I’ve been working on this winter with my partner Amy. To hear a preview of what’s in store, tune in to The Living Earth Connection on KMUD on Sunday March 30 at 9:30 AM.  If you missed the show, you can hear all of the music from it here: Big Picture 6 cov

Friday Nov. 8

Lost Coast Culture Machine in Ft. Bragg

lost coast culture machine lgOn Nov. 8, I’ll make my Ft. Bragg debut with an electric didgeridoo performance at the Lost Coast Culture Machine gallery in Ft. Bragg

Friday Oct. 11, from 6:00-9:00PM

Moonrise Herbs in Arcata

moonrise herbs

Stop by Moonrise Herbs in Arcata on Friday October 11 to hear me play electric didgeridoo as part of Arts Arcata.  Moonrise Herbs is on the Plaza in Arcata

Sat. Sept 21 and Sun. Sept 22

John Hardin Electric Didgeridoo to Open North Country Fair 

North Stage 10:30-11:45AM Both Days

north country fair

I just found out that I will open the 40th annual North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza, (Arcata CA) coming up on September 21 and 22.  North Country Fair is a free event, and always a great time.  I will perform on didgeridoo from !0:30-11:45 on the North Stage to kick off the festivities on both Saturday and Sunday.  I will also be manning the KMUD informational booth all day both days of the fair.  This is a great opportunity to hear me play for free, and enjoy a full weekend of entertainment, festive food and local crafts.

Sat. Aug. 3 2013 6:30-9:30

Didgeridoo Performance at The Works Records in Eureka


On Saturday, August 3, from 6:30 to 9:00pm I will celebrate the release of two new CDs with a performance at The Works Records, as part of Arts Alive in Eureka.

JH LED cover

Live Electric Didgeridoo features twelve electric didgeridoo solos recorded live at recent performances in SoHum.  I developed a uniquely modern approach to this ancient aboriginal instrument over the past decade by combining my didgeridoo technique with my love of electronics and signal processing technology to create a timeless sound unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.


Live Electric Didgeridoo captures the energy of a live performance as well as the essence of my unique sound.   I have not performed live in Eureka since July of 2008, so fans of unusual music will not want to miss this rare opportunity. I will perform many of the pieces from Live Electric Didgeridoo, several newer pieces, as well as a few improvisations at The Works on August 3.


I will also celebrate the NoHum debut of a CD that my life-partner, Amy Gustin and I recorded together as Tin Can Luminary, in our solar-powered home studio in Ettersburg, titled Um… Uh… Gum Eh? Um… Uh… Gum Eh? consists of music composed almost entirely with homemade and circuit-bent electronic instruments. Circuit-bending is the art of intuitively rewiring electronic devices to unleash their hidden, unintended musical potential.

front cover

For Um… Uh… Gum Eh?  I created a collection of unique electronic instruments from objects ranging from cigar boxes, yard lamps and tin cans to educational alphabet learning toys and electronic toy keyboards he found at local thrift stores. Drawing from this unique palette of sounds, I composed and recorded the music for Um… Uh… Gum Eh?, with Amy and I both adding vocals to the instrumental tracks.

circuit bent synths

The recording of Um… Uh… Gum Eh? Involved multiple overdubs, computer manipulation, and features some unpredictable instruments, which make the music in Um… Uh… Gum Eh? prohibitively difficult to reproduce live, but between live sets of electric didgeridoo music, I will demonstrate a few of my circuit-bent creations and attendees will have the opportunity to hear some of the music I created with them.

circuit bent kawasaki keyboard mods

Fans of boldly original music can find copies of Live Electric Didgeridoo and Um… Uh… Gum Eh? for sale at the performance, and in the “local music” sections of The Works Records in Eureka and People’s Records in Arcata, as well as at The Hemp Connection in Garberville.

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On June 21-23 2013 I’ll be participating in the Summer Solstice Celebration at The Heartwood Institute near Alder Point CA. On Friday June 21, in the afternoon.  I’ll perform on electric didgeridoo on the main stage. I’ll also play again on the main stage on Sunday June 23.

solstice lgThis link will take you to the Heartwood web site

I’ll have a booth set up there all weekend. At my booth:

I’ll be debuting a brand new CD of electric didgeridoo solos recorded live at recent gigs at The Hemp Connection in Garberville, titled Live Electric Didgeridoo.

JH LED cover

You can also get a copy of my other brand new CD of circuit-bent music titled Um… Uh… Gum Eh?

front cover

You can also pick up some of my previous CDs like:

A Pink Pair, 2009

Hand Made, 2006

Never Turn Your Back on the Sea, 2000

1-G-707+FX, 1999

Hallucigenia Sparsa, 1998

I’ll also have a limited selection of my tin-can lanterns available for sale at the event as well.

Heartwood is a lovely place that’s full of good vibes. Come out and celebrate the return of Summertime.


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