Feb. 6 Doerfel Family Bluegrass. Originally from Upstate New York, the Doerful Family toured and played together and were popular on the bluegrass festival circuit. At the time of this session ten years ago, members ranged from age 12 to 19. Since then, five of the siblings have gone electric as Fuel on Fire. We spotlight the band’s first-rate bluegrass with both original and traditional music. Encore from 2008.
Saxophonist and composer Virginia Mayhew has been leading her own ensembles for 25 years, and has performed in groups such diverse artists as Earl “Fatha” Hines and Frank Zappa. She also regularly appears with the Duke Ellington Legacy orchestra, led by Edward Kennedy Ellington II. Her debut recording as a leader was on Chiaroscuro Records in 1997. She will be joined in a duo with pianist Roberta Piket, a notable jazz artist in her own right, and who like Ms. Mayhew was a guest on the late Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz program. Ms. Piket’s most recent release was a tribute to McPartland.
In 2016, fifteen-year-old Esteban Castro was the First Prize winner in the Parmigiani Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition during the summer of 2016, the youngest ever to participate in the festival competitions. He put in a very impressive performance at the 2017 Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts. Now we are pleased to welcome this up-and-coming jazz star to the Homegrown Music series. He will be performing a solo set.
As usual WVIA’s members and listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience in Sordoni Theater at the station’s Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Reservations are free on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve seats here. Note: start time 8:00 PM.
Feb. 13 56 Men. A first-rate melodic rock quartet from the Philadelphia area, 56 Men (named after the number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence) traces their origins go back to the 1980s. They recently released an EP called Holy Hannah, and they perform some music from that and other original material in an encore of their 2016 session.
Feb. 20 Timothy Zieger. Northeastern Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Timothy Zieger makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of melodic original acoustic songs, performed with a quartet including his wife Abigail and family friends Seth and Sarah Mitchell.
Feb. 27 Bella Ruse. This distinctive and often delightfully quirky husband/wife duo performs original material that sounds as if came out a time warp from early in the last century, with often amusing lyrics, and unconventional instrumentation such as a kazoo and a manual typewriter. Encore from 2012.
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.