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July 2004

Homegrown Music is WVIA-FM's exclusive series which each week showcases the talents of regional contemporary music artists in recordings produced in the WVIA-FM studios by series host George Graham. Homegrown Music (HGM), presents new performances most Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. July features a Homegrown Music concert on the 19th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

July 6 Erik Balkey. Acclaimed Philadelphia area singer-songwriter Erik Balkey returns to Homegrown Music for a new collection of his thoughtful songs, performed in his warm, appealing style.

Erik Balkey
Erik Balkey recording informally for Homegrown Music

Timothy's Burden
Timothy's Burden in the Studio for Homegrown Music
July 13 Timothy's Burden. A first-rate rock quintet from Northeastern Pennsylvania makes their Homegrown Music debut with a great collection of original music that defies easy categorization. They draw their influences from many sources, and create music that features great vocals and memorable, hummable tunes.

July 19 A Homegrown Music Concert featuring MIKE AGRANOFF and TOM FLANNERY. WVIA's monthly series of live Monday-night Homegrown Music Concert-broadcasts this month features two outstanding singer-songwriters.

Mike Agranoff is a witty and astute folksinger and songwriter from New Jersey, who has developed a national reputation on the folk festival and coffeehouse scene. Mike Agranoff is known for his often hilarious songs that poke fun at his own profession, as well as doing things like condensing Shakespeare's Hamlet into a three-minute song. His CD Or Would You Rather Have a Job has been receiving critical kudos since its release in 2000. He makes his Homegrown Music debut in what promises to be a very entertaining set.

Mike Agranoff
Mike Agranoff

Tom Flannery
Tom Flannery in the Studio at WVIA
Tom Flannery is no stranger to Homegrown Music through nearly 30 appearances on the program over the past 14 years. A prolific songwriter, Flannery operates with website "songaweek.com which features new topical songs weekly. He is also a veteran of at least four CDs, including The Anthacite Shuffle a collection of songs about coalmining in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He'll be performing collection of brand new material.

As usual, WVIA's listeners are invited to attend this two-hour concert at the station's Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Admission is free by advance reservation. Phone 570-655-2808 for reservations. Note: Start time 8:00 PM.

July 20 Eric Hansen. After a fairly lengthy career in theater, leading to occasional roles in TV daytime dramas, Eric Hansen turned his full attention to his music in the 1990s. With his rich baritone voice and warm, positive lyrics, Hansen has been a favorite on Homegrown Music. A couple of years ago, he left our area for Arizona, but recently released a new CD called A Lover's Lullaby. This encore presentation features some highlights of Eric's several Homegrown Music appearances.

Erik Balkey
Eric Hansen recording for Homegrown Music

July 27 Rhino Campground. A funky jazz-rock fusion band from the Lehigh Valley, Rhino Campground serve up classy original music marked by a danceable beat and strong vocals, in this encore from 2002.

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