Jan. 3 Abby Ahmad. Singer-songwriter Abby Ahmad is a Wilkes-Barre native who has had a musical career in the New York area as a performer and instructor. A dynamic vocalist, she has released two well-received albums under her own name including Curriculum. Lately, she has been turning toward a more bluesy influence in her band Fife and Drom, which also made an appearance on Homegrown Music. This an encore of an eclectic 2011 session with her band, most of whom would go on to be members of Fife and Drom.
Jan. 10 Hilton Park. This is a folk-influenced trio, comprising a father and son (Bruce and Conor Hilton) and family friend (Gregg Pannier). In 2016, they released their third album Moments, which was featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. The southern Maine-based group paid WVIA visit and made their debut session for Homegrown Music with nice performances of their appealing original music.
Jan. 17 A Homegrown Music Concert Encore: INVERT. Before the impending resumption of the Homegrown Music live concert series, series producer George Graham presents another encore a memorable past concert, with the first string quartet to be featured on the series. The now-defunct Invert turned the string quartet model on its head with two cellists, plus one violin and one viola. The cellists came from rock and fusion backgrounds, and the quartet’s music is energetic and improvisational. This concert originally broadcast live in 2008.
Jan. 24 Cavage & Sudigala. The bluegrass duo of banjoist David Cavage and guitarist Josh Sudigala have been members of the acclaimed bluegrass group Hickory Project. They perform a collection of traditional and original music, showing their instrumental virtuosity in this all-new segment.
Jan. 31 Brazz Tree. It’s more string music on Homegrown Music with an encore of a distinctive duo featuring violinist Mazz Swift, classically trained and steeped in Celtic music, and guitarist Brad Hammonds, known for his percussive style. The duo was remarkably eclectic in their music with their original material, covers of traditional folk songs and a reinvention of a famous tune from the psychedelic era. This segment is an anthology of music from their two Homegrown Music sessions from 2007 and 2008.
Radio - Local Programs
with George Graham
Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents, with new studio sessions from the region's finest and most creative musicians. The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. Each show features a different performance, with occasional encore broadcasts from the series' nearly 40-year archive.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Generally, a performer must has no less than 20 minutes of completed music to be considered to be part of Homegrown Music. The ideal length is about a half hour, with the maximum length of just under an hour. (Longer segments can be broken up and broadcast on two different programs.) The length of each song thus determines how many tunes would be involved. Submit a physical demonstration recording on CD (or even cassette) to the following address: WVIA-FM, George Graham - Homegrown Music, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640-6197. The sound quality of the recording is not important, as long as all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Homemade recordings or recordings made from the mixing board at a live show are fine. Include what you feel is representative of the music you wish to perform on Homegrown Music, and the recording should preferably include all the personnel you hope to use during the studio recording session. You may include a large selection of songs, or just a few if you feel they accurately represent your style, level of musicianship and creativity. Be sure to include an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached during the evening.
If you wish to check on your demo's status, phone (570) 602-1165, during weekday evening hours. Because of the huge proliferation of music and bands on the internet, there is no guarantee that sending a link to a website will result in an audition. To ensure that the music will get a fair hearing, please send a physical recording to the above address.
Meet the Team
One of the first staff members at WVIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA-TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the WVIA staff since 1972. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He joined the WVIA staff in connection with the studio design and construction of WVIA-FM, but with his four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station, he immediately moved into on-air work. He sought to bring the kind of eclectic contemporary music radio programming that marked student radio at Duke (where he was program director) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously-running program of what is now called "album adult alternative" music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, a program to spotlight talented regional artists in performances from the station's studio. The series has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976, and includes weekly recording session broadcasts, and monthly live concerts performed before a studio audience.
He also hosts WVIA's All That Jazz, and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region's jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and also works as a free-lance recording engineer, producer and mastering engineer.