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November 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. A special feature during November is a Homegrown Music concert with the Celtic group House of Hamill and the bluegrass duo of Cavage & Sudigala. 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/

Nov. 7 Christa Gniadek. A talented twenty-something singer-songwriter and graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Ms. Gniadek released her first album called Leaving Boston which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. This is an encore of her 2015 Homegrown Music debut with a collection of new songs performed in a solo acoustic setting on guitar and piano.
Christa Gniadek
Christa Gniadek in the Studio at WVIA
Nov. 14 Mountain Wave. A trio of veteran rock musicians from the Upper Delaware River Valley who got together in 2015, Mountain Wave make their Homegrown Music debut with first-rate original material than runs from roots-rock to jam-band influenced.
Tom Chaisson
Mountain Wave recording for Homegrown Music at WVIA

Nov. 20 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with HOUSE OF HAMILL and CAVAGE & SUDIGALA. WVIA’s exclusive series of live concert-broadcasts continues with an evening of acoustic music.
House of Hamill is a recently formed group from the Philadelphia area founded by members of popular nationally known Celtic bands, with Rose Baldino of Burning Bridget Cleary and Brian Buchanan of Enter the Haggis, who happen to be married to each other. They released an impressive debut album which was featured on the Mixed Bag weekly album review. They make their Homegrown Music debut.
House of Hamill
House of Hamill
David Cavage and Josh Sudigala have been members of the popular national bluegrass band Hickory Project, which has made a number of appearances on the series. Cavage, of Carbondale is a banjo player, who offers on-line banjo instruction, and is also well-known as a songwriter. Josh Sudigala, of Springville, near Tunkhannock, is a young acoustic guitar virtuoso. Together they perform music that sounds much larger than one would expect from a duo.
Josh Sudigala and David Cavage
Josh Sudigala (left) and David Cavage
As usual, free audience seating for this two-hour concert broadcast, originating in WVIA’s Sordoni Theater is available by advance reservation at: http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/ Note: start time 8:00 PM.

Nov. 21 Carla Ulbrich. One of the funniest singer-songwriters to have appeared on Homegrown Music, she describes herself as a “professional smart alec.” Her songs take on ex-boyfriends, doctor’s offices and speculate the loss of one’s buttocks. She is joined by HGM veteran and current John Fogerty pianist Bob Malone on some songs. This encore features excerpts from her three sessions.
Carla Ulbrich
Carla Ulbrich
Nov. 28 The Balkun Brothers. Guitarist Steve and drummer Nick Balkun return to Homegrown Music for a new set of their original electric psychedelic blues-rock. Vocalist Steve plays both guitar and bass lines simultaneously while Nick provides the driving rhythms and backing vocals that make this sibling duo sound like a large band. Since their last appearance on Homegrown Music, the Balkuns have toured Europe and have been on the road throughout the US. They have released a new album called Devil on TV, and they will be doing material from that recording, plus some new music.
The Balkan Brother
Nick (left) and Steve Balkun in the studio at WVIA

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