Maddock performs in Centerport, June 2

Maddock performs in Centerport, June 2

James Maddock will be the next featured artist during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly First Saturday Concerts’ series on Saturday, June 2.

The 8:30 p.m. concert at the Congregational Church of Huntington, located at 30 Washington Drive in Centerport, will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m.

Since 1999, Maddock’s boldly vulnerable songwriting, honeyed rasp, and distinct folk and Americana aesthetic have garnered acclaim from icons, peers, and taste-making media outlets like NPR, American Songwriter magazine, Relix magazine, and CMT Edge.

“James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in, craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages,” said Relix. “Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.”

Maddock’s consistency as a recording artist and a captivating live performer has attracted a devoted fan-base. A noted singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Maddock first gained attention with the band Wood, whose debut recording, “Songs from Stamford Hill,” was featured prominently on the TV show “Dawson’s Creek.”

After fronting the band, he moved from England to New York City 15 years ago. His 2009 release “Sunrise on Avenue C” won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while its follow-up, “Wake Up And Dream,” ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV Radio’s Listener Poll.

Maddock has earned the respect of masterful songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, with whom he’s also performed. He has been a guest on national TV shows, an artist-in-residence at Rockwood Music Hall, the Manhattan club at which he also recorded a live album, and had a coveted official showcase at this year’s Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City.

“We look forward to having James grace our stage for a second time — after previously wowing a large FMSH audience in 2013,” says Michael Kornfeld, president of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors  and the evening’s emcee.

Tickets, priced at $30 ($25 for FMSH members), may be purchased in advance online at, using a credit card, or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information, visit the website or call 631-425-2925.



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