Irish American Writers & Artists

September 26, 2013

Boardmember Tim O’Brien’s Art Career Retrospective, October 11th-January 11th

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On Friday, October 11th, IAW&A Secretary Tim O’Brien will have the opening of his career retrospective at:

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT

This show will feature 75 of Tim’s artworks and will run until January 11th, 2014.

Come out and join Tim there for the opening on October 11th and/or for his lecture on October 18th.

On October 18 a reception will be held at 6 p.m. before Tim’s lecture at 7 p.m. The lecture and reception are both free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibition or Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, contact:

Olwen Logan,
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
860-434-3571, ext. 135

Congratulations to Tim!

September 23, 2013

Member Artists: Promote Your Work in Eugene O’Neill Awards Program

Filed under: Events,Film,Literature,Music,Theater,Uncategorized,Visual Arts — by scripts2013 @ 9:16 pm

Attention Writers and Artists with works to sell! You can advertise your books and CDs or other artistic work in the IAW&A Eugene O’Neill Award Celebration program.

Promote your works. Let attendees know the kind of work our members are producing.


If you are a member and would like to place an ad:

1. Send camera-ready ads of 1/8 of a page (business card size) to:

2. Send $50 to:

Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc
511 Avenue of the Americas #304
New York, NY 10011

DEADLINE: October 1, 2013. 

September 20, 2013

9/17 IAW&A Salon: Jam Packed with Dance, Drama, Crime, & Cake!

Filed under: Events,Literature,Music,Theater,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 10:33 pm

by Karen Daly
Photos by Cat Dwyer

Tuesday’s salon at the Cell, led by first time host Marni Rice, had a full slate of presenters, an SRO house and a festive birthday celebration for Salon godfather and IAW&A Board member, Malachy McCourt.

Author and playwright, Seamus Scanlon, a regular Salon presenter, wrote via email, “Best one so far that I’ve been at!”  And Seamus has been to one or two.

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In their first performance at a salon, choreographer Darrah Carr and two of her dance company members, Caitlin McNeill and Mary Kate Sheehan, thrilled us with excerpts of a new piece that they are working on with guest choreographer Seán Curran. Set to music by Irish supergroup Kila, the innovative piece combines Irish step dance with references to social dance, tap and clogging. Darrah Carr Dance will premiere the piece during their upcoming 15th Anniversary Season at the Irish Arts Center from November 22-24th. Visit


Darrah Carr, Caitlin McNeill, and Mary Kate Sheehan


Caitlin McNeill and Mary Kate Sheehan

Crime fiction writer Gary Cahill in his second salon reading presented short selections from two dark, almost cinematic tales. “On A Two-Way Street” told of a diamond deal on a Cape Cod beach gone very, very wrong, and “Ninety Miles, A Million Miles” of early 1960s New Jersey, childhood friendship and anti-Castro Cuban ex-pats longing to go home — by any means necessary. Gary plans to read from other work at the Bar Thalia salon on October 1.


Gary Cahill

TJ English read a piece describing the first day of the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, calling it “the most explosive organized crime trial ever to take place” in Boston. TJ spent the summer covering the trial for the Daily Beast website, where this piece first appeared. President of IAWA, and author of The Westies, Paddy Whacked, and The Savage City and Havana Nocturne, he is currently writing a book about Whitey Bulger, to be published next year.


T.J. English

Members have been sharing their works-in-progress, so regular salongoers have been able to observe their characters and stories as they develop. Among them: Tom Mahon who has been reading sections of his novel- in- progress about two brothers in an upstate New York family, titled American Mastery. Tonight he read chapter 5, in which the Fentons deal with their health and business issues…

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Tom Mahon

Ray Lindie read a section of his novella Lone Hero, in which the protagonist, a returning Vietnam vet, spends the evening with the ex-girlfriend who dumped him while he was overseas. They’re riding around in her new Cadillac, fighting, yelling and screaming, just like the old days. They end up at their old favorite restaurant. In the next installment, we’ll find out that the place is also a watering hole for her current boyfriend…


Ray Lindie

Sheila Walsh has been sharing scenes from her comedic play, Surrender at Somerville about two lonely people who reunite decades after their 1960s love affair. On Tuesday, Sarah Fearon and Sheila read a poignant, funny scene between a mother and daughter. They are delighted to present new work in the salon’s safe and supportive atmosphere.


Sarah Fearon and Sheila Walsh

We also saw playwright Mark Donnelly give a terrific performance of the climactic monologue from his one-act play, “The Steamfitter’s Dream.” The monologue appeared in Best Men’s Monologues of 1998, published by Smith and Kraus.


Mark Donnelly

Margaret McCarthy read a monologue from her play, The Sacrificial King: A Play for John Lennon, which alternates scenes from the lives of John Lennon and a young girl who is a Beatle fan and aspiring artist. Coming of age in a time of social and political turbulence, they each find family relationships and loyalty to friends competing with their artistic goal. In this monologue, Lennon questions his meteoric fame and its effect on his music and artistic path. For McCarthy, the play asks: What in our nature causes us to build up and then tear down our heroes?

Margaret McCarthy reading at IAWA Salon, The Cell Theatre, NYC,

Margaret McCarthy

We had several pieces of short fiction. Brendan Costello Jr. read a second installment of his short story “Circus Brunch at Zapruder’s,” about a struggling actor who works in a “theme” restaurant based around the Kennedy assassination. At the previous salon, Brendan introduced his character, an embittered clown handing out coupons on a New York street corner. Brendan will read the shocking conclusion at a future salon. He also notes that his was the third piece dealing with assassinated icons, establishing an unintentional theme for the first half of the evening.


Brendan Costello

John Kearns read excerpts from his story “Finding the Day” and dedicated it to the poet and former Saint Joseph’s Prep English teacher, Paul Grillo, who died recently. John first wrote the story in a journal for Mr. Grillo’s class. In this story, the teenage Artist takes a break from his routine to wander around Center City, Philadelphia, reflecting on the difference between himself and others. After a stop at a bookstore, The Artist realizes that he must contribute to the world, despite or because of his alienation from it, and he drops the only money he has, a dime, into a blind man’s cup.


John Kearns 

Pat Fenton thrilled the audience with his short story, “The Ghosts of Coney Island,” in which Billy Coffey, trying to go home again, somehow walking back into the past at a boardwalk bar in Coney Island. The story has been published online and is included in Pat’s collection ⎯not yet published ⎯ of short stories about Brooklyn.


A couple of musicians named Donohue, who met at the IAW&A road salon in Philadelphia, opened the second half of the evening. Gabriel Donohue played piano and sang a clever original song called “Living Large.” Gabriel claims he wrote it as penance for all the melancholy Irish tunes that he often renders. Then in a magical accompaniment, Gabriel played an old Irish air on piano for Guenevere Donohue’s original piece, “The Evolution Song.” May these long lost cousins continue to collaborate.


Guenevere Donohue


Gabriel Donohue

Marni Rice has showcased her many talents as a singer, accordionist and composer at previous salons. This week she showed us two more, as evening’s host and as a writer. Marni presented a charming story about her poker-playing grandma, who initiated Marni and her sister into the game at very young ages.


Marni Rice

Malachy McCourt was in top form on his birthday. He brought a very full night to a close by telling stories, making us laugh, singing “Dear Isle.” Best of all, he read a beautiful essay about his life and his many years of sobriety, expressing his joyous attitude of living “a day at a time.”


Malachy McCourt: Breith la shona duit, a chara!

What will we do for an encore?  Find out at the next Irish American Writers and Artists Salon on Tuesday, October 1 at Bar Thalia!


September 18, 2013

Black 47: calling it quits, in its final year!

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Black 47 will disband in October 2014 exactly 25 years later. In the meantime, Black 47 will record a final album, Last Call and tour the country for a year returning to old haunts and doing an extended tour of summer festivals.

 BLACK 47 attitude
“The band has never sounded better, we’re working on twelve new songs, it seemed like a great time to call it a day,” said leader and IAW&A co-founder Larry Kirwan. “We decided to go out when we’re ahead and, as always, on our own terms.”
Formed by Chris Byrne an NYPD detective and Kirwan, a playwright, Black 47 – who took their name from the worst year of the Irish Potato Famine – caused an immediate stir by introducing original music and political context into the Irish bar scene. “It was a bracing sound, we were setting Irish jigs and reels to Hip-Hop beats, singing about James Connolly and Michael Collins, and creating pub anthems like Livin’ in America and 40 Shades of Green.” Soon Black 47 was signed to EMI Records, Funky Ceili lit up FM Radio and MTV, and the band became a feature on Leno, Letterman and O’Brien.
“It was a different world back in 1989, the streets were edgy, we played recession gigs where you could get a pint for $2, the Guildford Four had just been freed from a British prison, we were campaigning for the release of Joe Doherty from the MCC. Still we were very much about entertainment and innovation – how to unleash the power of Irish melodies and link them to the beats of the day, how to portray the lives of modern immigrants, always with an eye on current events.”
Black 47 became popular nationally because of heavy airplay and television exposure. In many ways though the band has always been synonymous with New York City; their CD, New York Town is an incisive document of the city during the 9/11 period. “We played every Saturday night in Connolly’s for years after the tragedy trying to get people to come back to mid-town while providing a scene for first responders and New Yorkers who needed to kick back and let off some steam.”
black 47 color staged
Many think Black 47’s finest hour was their opposition to the war in Iraq even while supporting their many fans serving there in the military. “It was a tough time, speaking out on a nightly basis particularly to the unconverted. But the troops loved the Iraq CD – a band was singing about them and what they were going through.”
Geoff Blythe (saxophones), Fred Parcells (trombone/whistle) & Thomas Hamlin (drums) are the other three original members. Joseph Mulvanerty (uilleann pipes/bodhran) joined when Chris Byrne left in 2000, and Joseph “Bearclaw” Burcaw (bass) came aboard in 2007. All members add their own spin to the arrangements of the songs from Last Call, described as “a very up, horn driven, celebration of American and Irish life.” Then again, that’s what Black 47 has always been about. It should be a great final year for “the only band that matters,” as their friend Joe Strummer once described them.

September 13, 2013

LAST CALL for IAW&A Theater Night at “Brendan at the Chelsea”


Tickets going fast for IAW&A Theater Night at Brendan at the Chelsea on Thurs., Sept. 19 at 8 PM

Please send ticket request ASAP to (limit two tickets per member).
Special ticket price of $37.75 represents a 40% discount and eliminates “convenience fees” when ordering online or by phone.

We are close to our ticket allotment, but maybe be able to secure more seats if we hear from you NOW!

Adrian Dunbar as Behan with Samantha Pearl as Lianne.

Adrian Dunbar as Behan with Samantha Pearl as Lianne.

September 9, 2013

Brendan at the Chelsea Provides a Backstage View of the Humanity behind Behan’s Stage-Irish Persona

Filed under: Events,Literature,Theater — by scripts2013 @ 11:01 pm

by John Kearns

“To America, my new-found land:” reads the quote from Brendan Behan on the plaque outside the Chelsea Hotel, “the man that hates you hates the human race.”

The humanity of Brendan Behan and his sympathy with his fellow humans form the heart of Brendan at the Chelsea, an engaging and moving drama written by Janet Behan, the famous author’s niece, and imported from the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. With a bravura performance by Adrian Dunbar in the title role, Brendan at the Chelsea offers a backstage view behind the stage-Irish persona Brendan Behan used to court attention and publicity. Directing himself and the ensemble cast in the play, Dunbar is lyrical, funny, soulful, and committed in the emotionally and physically demanding role of the famous/infamous “drinker with a writing problem” in the waning years of his short life: declaiming Behan’s words into a tape recorder because he could no longer hold a pen, struggling to drink cups of tea with trembling hands, coughing, enduring headaches and nausea, and throwing himself upon stage.


Adrian Dunbar as Brendan Behan

Though much of Behan’s behavior in the play is pitiful and unforgivably selfish, Dunbar portrays the loveable side of the man and shows us — through tender flashback scenes with his wife, Beatrice, and a moment of appreciation for the youth and beauty of the young dancer-caretaker, Lianne  —  why the people around him remain loyal and show great kindness to him.

With a remarkable set that strikes a seedy and down-at-the-heels note, the drama takes place entirely in the Behan’s room at the Chelsea Hotel, the well known refuge of artists here in “the city where you are least likely to be bitten by a wild sheep.”

The audience is brought up to speed through the hungover Behan’s sparring with the charming and versatile Lianne (Samantha Pearl), opening morning mail that contains a picture of a son he has had with his mistress, Suzanne, and through a series of flashbacks played ably and energetically by Pauline Hutton as Beatrice Behan, and Richard Orr, Chris Robinson, and Pearl in multiple roles.


Samantha Pearl plays Lianne and other roles

During quick-paced scenes that portray Behan on his way to his appearance on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar, his throwing quips to a group of reporters, and an encounter Behan has with some ardent homosexual fans on Fire Island, Orr, Robinson, and Pearl are comical and  convincing.  There were moments in the first act in which the timing seemed a bit off but that can likely be attributed to jet lag and the performance’s being early in the run.

Richard Orr also plays Behan’s upstairs neighbor, George, whom Behan can hear composing music for children on his piano.  The noise doesn’t bother Behan, he says.  Rather he finds it soothing.  There is a clear sympathy between the two neighbors and fellow artists.  Orr does fine work capturing the character of the struggling musician who has found friendship with the less disciplined writer.


Behan (Dunbar) and Beatrice (Hutton) with adoring fans Robinson and Orr on Fire Island

Other than the scene with the reporters, we see very little of the Behan’s public shenanigans.  In his room at the Chelsea and in the flashbacks, he is charming and witty, vulnerable, and open-minded about race and sexuality.  And, he suffers greatly with his struggle with alcohol.  The mood of the play is mostly serious and there are not as many laughs as you might expect two hours with Brendan Behan to produce.


Behan (Dunbar) and Beatrice (Hutton) share bon mots with New York reporters Robinson, Orr, and Pearl

In Brendan at the Chelsea, Janet Behan is forthright about her uncle’s demons.  Some of these are familiar: his impoverished childhood, his past as an IRA volunteer who has spent time in British reformatories and jails, his alcoholism, and his conflicts with his fellow Dubliners who seem eager to see him taken down a peg.  But one demon that is unfamiliar to most is Behan’s bisexuality.

Brendan at the Chelsea shows Behan dancing and receiving fellatio from a neighbor at the Chelsea (Robinson).  He also dances the Madison with two men on Fire Island.  His bisexuality is something that has hardly been emphasized in other portrayals of Behan’s life and perhaps helps explain why Behan was so attracted to the freedom of New York City and so reluctant to return to early ‘60s Ireland.

Whereas much of the first act is exposition, the second act of Brendan at the Chelsea contains the most moving and dramatic scenes of the play. The first is between Behan and his neighbor, George (Orr), who tries gently and subtly to convince Behan to seek help for his alcoholism.  As Behan insists that he can beat the disease himself as he has for periods in the past, George tells him that he has met a doctor who says that alcohol addiction is not something that can be conquered with one’s willpower alone.  George leaves the doctor’s number with Behan, though there seems to be little hope that the playwright will dial it.

The other is the scene in which Beatrice Behan (Hutton) arrives at the Chelsea Hotel fresh from Queen Elizabeth luxury liner.  She realizes right away that, something and, more to the point, someone has come between herself and Brendan.  When she finds out that her husband is in love with Suzanne and that the rumors of the child he has had with her are true, she scoffs at the idea of someone like Suzanne’s taking care of Brendan the way she has.   She wonders if Suzanne will be around when Brendan has wet his pants and vomited on himself and if Suzanne will hold his head during Brendan’s seizures as Beatrice has. Despite the news, Beatrice says that she still loves him and will always be in love with him and, despite his wishes, she will honor her wedding vows and not divorce him.  Hutton gives a stirring performance as a very determined woman, perhaps the strongest-willed person in the play.

Brendan at the Chelsea does not have a great deal of dramatic conflict and it seems that if more could have been made of the competition for Behan’s heart between Beatrice and Suzanne, there could have been a tauter drama.

And in the end, Beatrice Behan turns out to be right  —  Suzanne’s commitment to Brendan is not nearly as strong as he had thought   —   and Brendan sheepishly sends Lianne to fetch his wife.

The play ends the way it started with Behan recording one of his paeans to New York City, a place where he, like so many misfits from around the world, found a tolerant home.

There was a talkback after the September 6th show with 1stIrish Festival founder, George Heslin, and the playwright and cast. Janet Behan and the cast took questions from Heslin and then from the large audience who remained in the theatre after the show to discuss this production about a dyed-in-the-wool Dubliner in New York that was begun in London, was moved to the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre in Belfast, and was brought across the sea to the New York City Behan loved.


George Heslin with Janet Behan, Dunbar, Orr, Robinson, Hutton, and Pearl

Brendan at the Chelsea runs through October 6th at the Acorn Theatre at 410 W. 42nd Street. Visit:

Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. is having a special night at the show on September 19th.  Members can purchase tickets at a 40% discount and enjoy the talkback and the company of their fellow members as we have a drink in honor of a man who had too many.   If you are an IAW&A member, reserve your ticket at this email address and send a check for $37.75 to:

Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc
511 Avenue of the Americas #304
New York, NY 10011

See you there!

September 5, 2013

Tributes to Seamus Heaney, Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Memoir, and Music at the 9/3 IAW&A Salon

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by Karen Daly

Photos by Cat Dwyer

The Irish American Writers & Artists honored the memory of the great Seamus Heaney in the way we know best – by reading his poems at the Salon on Tuesday, September 3rd at Bar Thalia. Members, including Mark Butler, John Kearns, and Bernadette Cullen read a selection of his works throughout the evening.


Guenevere Donohue gave her tribute in song. Guen, with that lovely voice, sang “The Parting Glass.” She described the feeling perfectly, calling it a night of “…profound gratitude for the words and works Mr. Heaney has graced us with…”


Guenevere Donohue

In addition to Mr. Heaney’s poems,  members read original poetry.  We had a short film by a new member and we had several explorations of motherhood. Lest you think we were too solemn, there were plenty of laughs from amusing songs by Jack DiMonte and John Skocik, including John’s adorable new song about his baby; a tale of a real life mobster, and two funny women, Sheila Walsh reading a piece of her play about a divorced woman with an aging mother and Honor Molloy with piece from her autobiographical novel, Smarty Girl.

Jim Callaghan presented a humorous, sad story called “Lunch with Big Joe” about the day his publisher told him that he had to meet one of the most feared Mafia bosses in Italy and New York. Jim described how the Koch administration rewarded the mobster with a lucrative contract to run a homeless shelter at his motel. This story will be included in an introduction to a collection of Jim’s writings for New York City newspapers spanning 1978 to 2013.

Jim has been an investigative reporter and columnist for New York newspapers, including the New York Observer, Newsday, the Irish Echo, the Village Voice and the Wall Street Journal. He has also taught college writing and hosted a cable call-in show from 1990 to 2000 in Staten Island.


Jim Callaghan

Vivian O`Shaughnessy read her brief “Funky Sonnet from Us” that has included in London`s Southbank Centre Poetry Library rare book collection. A poet and visual artist, Vivian’s Dada Art Activity book has been added to the collections of Louvre Education, Bibliotheque Nationale of France, MOMA, Morgan Library and New York Public Library. She will be a participant poet at Festival International de la Poesie a Paris 2013 on October 15-19. Vivian’s art has been displayed at the Cell Theater.  See her work at


Vivian O’Shaugnessy

John Kearns was grateful to have Honor Molloy join him at the mic for his “Poem for Mom.” Written for reading aloud at the W.B. Yeats Society series at the Irish Times bar on Capitol Hill, John’s poem features two voices: the narrator’s declaiming a Miltonian elegy for his deceased mother and in a fine counterpoint, the mother’s poking holes in the narrator’s seriousness and pretension.


John Kearns and Honor Molloy

Going from mom to little girl, Honor Molloy read a charming, hilarious outtake from her autobiographical novel Smarty Girl – Dublin Savage. In this passage, “the Fil-ums,” little Noleen O’Feeney nabs some extra work in a movie called Where’s Jack and stirs up trouble.  Bestselling author Peter Quinn has praised Honor’s heroine as “…irreverent, sarcastic, resilient, engaging, entertaining, and wise beyond her years.” And those characteristics were on display tonight.


Honor Molloy

We count on Jack DiMonte to surprise us with his vast knowledge of songs. Tonight, he sang “Robert Frost,” a humorous musing written by the great jazz bass player Jay Leonhart. A writer how imagines great his own life would be if he had the options he believes that America’s most famous poet had at his beck and call, especially a wealthy female patron to ease his way in life.   A sugar Mama?


Jack DiMonte

Dublin writer and director Helen O’Reilly screened her short movie,  “Finding Oscar,” about a day in the life of 5-year-old, Keelin. The little girl desperately wants to find her lost rabbit but has to abandon her search to attend a party at the local yacht club with her family. What starts out as a fun day for everyone quickly unravels into something entirely different that will be etched in Keelin’s memory forever.


Helen O’Reilly

Tom Mahon read the fourth chapter from his novel in progress American Mastery. Set in territory that Tom knows well, rural upstate New York, it’s about two brothers who couldn’t be less alike, but who join forces to create a business that provides them and their families an independent, creative and rewarding life together. In this chapter, Charlie Fenton wakes to learn that his father is experiencing chest pains and is at the doctor. Charlie and his mother rush there to learn that he too has heart disease. The one manufacturer left in their town wants them to go to Asia, but Charlie has never flown before because he’s petrified of flying and dying in a fireball or feeding the sharks with his remains.

Tom has shared his progress on this novel, which he began (and stopped) writing years ago and returned to this past summer.


Tom Mahon

Another salon member who has been sharing her work-in-progress, Sheila Walsh read another monologue from her new comedic play, Surrender in Somerville.  It is a funny and touching look at how a love affair in the 1960s reunites two lonely people decades later. Sheila was delighted to hear the magic words for a writer…”What happens next?”


Sheila Walsh

Jon Gordon read from his recently released memoir, For Sue – A Memoir, which has been described as “…an American Angela’s Ashes…” (Guillermo Echanique, publisher Chimbarazu Press, Brooklyn, NY).  Jon has read sections before, from his story of his childhood growing up alone with an alcoholic single mother. Originally self-published, For Sue will be distributed by Chimbaruzu press this fall and has been scheduled for a second printing. (


Jon Gordon

Brendan Costello Jr. read the opening scene of his short story “Circus Brunch at Zapruder’s.”  The narrator is an embittered clown handing out drink and waffle coupons on a New York street corner, casting a cold, grease-painted eye on life passing by.  He’ll read another section of the story at a future salon.


Brendan Costello


There were also some announcements of some notable dates coming up.

Sunday, September 15

Mark Butler invited the audience to join him on a road trip to South Jersey on Sunday, September 15 for a matinee performance of the classic Sondheim musical Assassins. Richard Butler, a Salon regular and Mark’s brother, will play Charles Guiteau, the man who killed President James Garfield. Please contact John Kearns at if you are interested.


Mark Butler

Thursday, September 19

Join us for Brendan at the Chelsea on Thursday, September 19 at 8 PM.

Legendary Dublin writer Brendan Behan returns to his adopted home of New York in, a warm and funny drama from Belfast’s LyricTheatre, staring Adrian Dunbar in his New York stage debut. IAW&A will have a Q&A session with cast members after the show. Tickets are available for $37.75, 40% off the regular price (limit two tickets per member) by emailing your request to

To pay, send a check to Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc 511 Avenue of the Americas #304, or give a check to John Kearns at the 9/17 Salon at the Cell.


John Lee

Sunday, October 20

Table 4 Writers Foundation is awarding four $2,500 grants to writers, in the tradition of the late Elaine Kaufman who nurtured writers at her famous Upper East Side restaurant. You can find all the rules and download an application at Deadline is October 20.


Sarah Fearon

September 5-22

Regular Salon presenter Mary Tierney is appearing in a musical version of Tom Jones at the Theater for the New City.

John Paul Skocik returned to play a few songs to close out the evening.  The first, called “Madeira,” has its roots by a mariachi music and the lyrics tell the story of a man searching for something new and though exhilarating, only finding trouble.  The second and third songs were brand new and inspired by John’s latest role as a new parent.  “There’s No Time” is swampy blues riff based on a conversation with his wife regarding the lack of time to do just about anything now they are both preoccupied by their new son.  “Toes In the Air” was written specifically for their little boy, Jack, and is essentially just a happy-go-lucky song about Jack’s preference of footwear, or rather lack thereof.

John in the meantime continues to write and perform solo and with his band Girl To Gorilla in the NYC area.  He is currently also working on finishing his second album which he hopes to be completed by early 2014, if Jack allows him the time.


John Skocik

Join us on at our next IAW&A Salon on  Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm at the Cell Theater.   Musician and writer Marni Rice is scheduled to host!


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