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Series 6


  • #601: The Eric Doney Band featuring Vicki Doney and the One Flight Up Horns. Some of the Poconos' finest jazz musicians get together to perform an energetic set of rock, blues and soul. This group is an annual feature of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts, and because of the busy schedules of the musicians involved, rare gets a chance to perform outside of the Festival. This was one of those rare performances, with superb musicianship and high-energy music. (Recorded June 14, 2004)

Eric Doney: piano, vocals, musical director  
Vicki Doney: vocals  
Marko Marcinko: drums  
Tony Marino: electric bass  
Tom Hamilton: tenor sax  
Jim Buckley: baritone sax  
Ken Brader III: trumpet  
Rick Chamberlain: trombone
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  • #602: Samite with David Cullen. One of the most acclaimed World Music artists on the scene, Ugandan-born Samite has been attracting audiences in the US since the late 1980s. Playing modified kalimba (thumb piano), percussion and flute, Samite plays music that incorporates African folk sounds as well as spanning cultures. Now that he is based in nearby Upstate New York, we are pleased that Samite is part of the rich regional music scene. He is joined by another nationally acclaimed artist, guitarist David Cullen for several pieces, in this fascinating and instantly appealing performance. (Recorded May 10, 2004)

Samite Mulondo: kalimba, percussion, flute 
David Cullen: acoustic guitar 
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  • #603: The Gerry and Adam Niewood Quintet. Saxophonist Gerry Niewood is known to millions for his work as a member of Chuck Mangione's popular group, as well as for his performances with artists like Paul Simon. Niewood's son Adam is carrying on the family's musical tradition and is an outstanding saxophonist in his own right. The first time the father and son ever recorded together was for the Homegrown Music radio series in 2001. They have since been performing together fairly regularly, and this concert features the duo in fine form. They are joined by a swinging all-star quintet, including Grammy-winning drummer Bill Goodwin of the Phil Woods group. (Recorded October 21, 2003)

Gerry Niewood: tenor, soprano sax 
Adam Niewood: tenor sax 
Craig Kastelnik: organ 
Joe Battaglia: guitar 
Bill Goodwin: drums 
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  • #604: We're About 9 and The Kennedys. We're About Nine is a delightful young eclectic folk trio who are wonderful example of how the younger generation is indeed carrying on doing articulate folk music with outstanding vocal harminies, while putting their own stamp on the music with almost all new original material. Their CD was featured on the Mixed Bag Weekly Album Review, and this performance proves the band is as fine in live performance as their CD. Pete and Maura Kennedy are on of the more popular acts on the folk festival and coffeehouse scene nationally. The husband-wife duo also create original music that carries on the folk and folk-rock tradition with catchy songs, great vocal harmonies and impressive acoustic guitar work. (Both sets recorded January 13, 2004)

We're About Nine: 
Brian Gundersdorf: guitar, vocals 
Katie Graybeal: bass, vocals 
Pat Klink: guitar, vocals
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The Kennedys: 
Pete Kennedy: guitar, vocals 
Maura Kennedy: guitar, vocals  
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  • #605: Bill Mays. With a long and distinguished career as one of the most in-demand jazz pianists, Mays now makes his home in nearby Pike County, PA. Mays has the distinction of being one of the few musicians to have performed with both Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa. He makes a memorable solo performance that runs from jazzed-up Bach to original compositions. (Recorded March 23, 2004)

Bill Mays: piano  
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  • #606: Jack Hardy. On of the most respected folk singer-songwriters, Hardy has a lengthy career as both an artist and as founder of Fast Folk Musical Magazine, and as leader of a regular singer-songwriter circle whose graduates include Suzanne Vega, Lyle Lovett, John Gorka and many others. A long-time friend of Homegrown Music since the early 1980s, Hardy returns to the series and performs a collection of entirely brand-new as-yet-unrecorded songs. Recorded November 11, 2003) 
    Following Jack Hardy's performance, an encore featuring Heidi Muller will be featured, with songs from her January 2003 performance not included in program 

Jack Hardy: guitar and vocal

Heidi Muller: guitar, autoharp, vocals

#607: Dave's True Story. This nationally-acclaimed group founded by Dave Kantor and Kelly Flint defies ready categorization. Their music is jazzy and often very witty lyrically, with Ms. Flint serving as the perfect chanteuse but they have been finding receptive audiences on the folk music scene. With several CDs under their belt, their Homegrown Music performance shows the group's critical acclaim is well-earned. (Recorded April 12, 2004)

Dave Cantor: guitar 
Kelly Flint: vocals 
Jeff Eyrich: bass 
Rich Zukor: drums  
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  • #608: The Dharma Bums / The Brilliant Mistakes. Two distinctive rock band are featured in this program. The Dharma Bums are the creation of Scranton-area guitarist and composer Neil Nicastro. He put together an interesting group with different lead vocalists on practially every piece. The music's influences include jazz-rock fusion and funk. (Recorded November 11, 2003) 
    The Brilliant Mistakes are a band whose original music is steeped in the traditions of the Bealtes, with upbeat melodies and appealing vocal harmonies. They have releases two nationally acclaimed CDs. (Recorded September 23, 2003)

The Dharma Bums: 
Neil Nicastro: guitar, composer 
Tyrone King: keyboards 
"Iggy": bass  
Matt Smallcomb: drums 
Vocalists: Rodney Godinez, Tyone King, Charles Havira, Aaron Bruch, Aaron Brown, Krysten Montgomery

The Brilliant Mistakes: 
Alan Walker: piano, vocal 
Erik Philbrook: bass, vocals 
Phil Masseri: drums 
John Putnam: guitar  
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  • #609: John Coates. For over 40 years, John Coates has come to define the Pocono Jazz scene. His brilliant performances at the Deer Heed Inn have influenced generations of jazz musicians, including Keith Jarrett. Coates is largely responsible for attracting so many jazz musicians to the region. His piano artistry remains remarkable, as can be heard in this performance that ranges from jazz standards to a haunting, almost rhaposdic version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Recorded October 21, 2003

John Coates: piano  
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  • #610: Swearingen-Beedle. The Lehigh-Valley-based acoustic folk duo of A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle are another group to carry on the great tradition of 1960s-influenced folk singer-songwriters. The specialize in the tight two-part vocal harmonies in the Simon and Garfunkel tradition, with outstanding original compositions by both. (Recorded April 12, 2004)

A.J. Swearingen: guitar, vocals 
Jonathan Beedle: vocals, guitar  
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  • #611: Marko Marcinko Quartet. Drummer, composer and arranger Marko Marcinko has been ubiquitous on Homegrown Music, as a member both the innovative jazz group of Davis Liebman and as a member of the rock band Bent Blue. His career also included a stint with Maynard Ferguson's band, and collaborations with scores of world-class jazz musicians. For a change, he leads his own group, putting in a fine performance of straight ahead jazz with some outstanding Poconos musicians. (Recorded March 23, 2004)

Marko Marcinko: drums 
Tom Hamilton: sax 
Bill Washer: guitar 
Paul Rostock: bass  
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  • #612: Van Wagner. Danville, PA -based Van Wagner is one of the region's finest folk-style singer-songwriter. His topics range from serious social commentary to history to just plain fun. A personable performer, at a fairly young age, he already has a facinating background with stints as a coal miner in one of the last remaining deep mines in NE PA, and a logger in Idaho, as he worked toward his master's degree. He is now teaching high-school. His experiences and observations form the backbone of his literate, astute original songs. Recorded February 7, 2004>

Van Wagner: guitar, harmonica, vocals  
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  • #613: The Frank and Joe Show. Jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola and percussionist Joe Ascione have been long-time musical co-horts, playing together in a wide variety of settings from old-time swing to organ combos. This distinctive group with two guitars, bass and three percussionsts hints at a kind of electrified Django Reinhardt "Gypsy jazz" style while drawing on music ranging from Mozart to old songs from Western movies, with some Doobie Brothers and Latin jazz thrown in for good measure. The level of musicianship is truly remarkable, as is the eclecticism and downright good fun that the group projects in this memorable performance. (Recorded June 14, 2004)

Frank Vignola: lead guitar 
Joe Ascione: lead percussion 
Ken Smith: rhythm guitar 
Gary Mazzaroppi: bass 
Chuck Ferrugia: percussion 
Rich Zukor: percussion  
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