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January 2017

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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 and is broadcast Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info and http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/

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.
Abby Ahmad
Abby Ahmad and her Band at WVIA in 2011

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.
Hilton Park
Hilton Park in the studio at WVIA
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.
Invert performing live 5/19/2008
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.
Josh Sudigala (left) and David Cavage at WVIA
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.
Mazz Swift and Brad Hammonds at WVIA

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