Jeff Holdsworth

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Jeff Holdsworth
Jeff Holdsworth Albany NY Dec 2 2003.JPG
Holdsworth, in Albany, 2003
Background information
Born (1963-11-14) November 14, 1963 (age 54)
Origin Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Psychedelic rock, rock, jam rock, acoustic rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1983–1986, 2003
Associated acts Phish

Jeff Holdsworth was a founding member of the rock band Phish.[1] He was their first leader, singing lead vocals and playing guitar. He co-founded the band in the fall of 1983 with Trey Anastasio while living in the Redstone campus dormitories of the University of Vermont (UVM). His songs "Possum" and "Camel Walk" continued on with the band to become Phish live show favorites.

Holdsworth graduated with a BSEE from UVM in May 1986, and left the band to pursue a career in electrical engineering. After a transformative journey to Alaska in the summer of 1986, Holdsworth settled in the Philadelphia area and decided to pursue purely acoustic music within a spiritual context.

On December 1, 2003, at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York, one night before the band's 20th Anniversary concert, Holdsworth appeared onstage with Phish for the first time in 17 years, performing several of his originals and a few covers.


  1. ^ Foundation, Mockingbird (2004-06-01). The Phish companion: a guide to the band and their music. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-0-87930-799-8. Retrieved 13 August 2011.