Distinguished NJ Songwriters Joe Rapolla and Joe D’Urso are back this year hosting the celebrated Songwriters by
the Sea series at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre. What once started in a small
coffee shop as an area for local songwriters has now grown into a series that
features some of the top songwriters in the country. This year, the show features
James Maddock, a fixture on the Folk and Americana scene and expatriate Irish writer and musician Larry Kirwan.
An April 2014 review in Relix Magazine puts it this way: “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.” After fronting the Columbia Records band Wood, whose debut Songs From Stamford Hill was featured prominently on TV shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” Maddock moved from England to New York City in 2003. His 2009 album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while follow-up Wake Up And Dream ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll. He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows).
(born in Wexford, Ireland) is an expatriate Irish writer and musician, most
noted as the lead singer for the New York-based Irish rock band, Black 47 Kirwan has also written
and produced eleven plays and musicals, some of which have been performed in
the United States and Europe. The plays deal mainly with Irish history and
Monmouth University Blue Hawk Records’ artists Julia Whary, Nicole Govel, and guest Isabella Rose, will open the show. Sponsored by the Leon Hess Business School and Business Council