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. February specials include a request segment on the 10th, and a Homegrown Jazz feature on the 11th, and a live Homegrown Music Concert with Van Wagner and Plus 3 on the 17th. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html
Feb. 3 Tom Dennehy. Witty, world-traveling Danville-based
singer-songwriter Tom Dennehy has created agood deal of memorable and unique
music in his six previous appearances on Homegrown Music. Once again, after a
long trip abroad (this time to Spain), Dennehy was inspired to create a new
collection of his one-of-a-kind songs, many accompanied by ukulele.
Feb. 10 A Homegrown Music Request Segment. A couple of times a
year, Homegrown Music founder and producer George Graham sets aside a program
for listeners to request their favorites from among the more than 500 groups
and artists the series has presented in its more than 26 uninterrupted years on
the air. Listeners may phone 570-655-2808 before the program begins to place
requests for this 90-minute special. Note: Start time: 8:30 PM.
Feb. 11 A Homegrown Jazz Special: JIM SALTZMAN QUARTET/AGGREGATE.
Talented saxophonist, composer and music educator Jim Saltzman returns with his
quartet Aggregate for another collection of first-rate original jazz by various
members of the group. Note: Start time 7:00 PM, during WVIA's All That
Feb. 17 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with PLUS 3 and VAN WAGNER. WVIA-FM's monthly series of two-hour live concert-broadcasts continues with a first-rate Northeastern Pennsylvania rock quartet, and an acclaimed Danville, PA, singer-songwriter.
Plus 3 is a young band who are steeped in the melodic rock of groups like the Beatles, and other of the 1960s British Invasion, along with more contemporary influences like R.E.M. and alternative rockers. They recently released their debut CD Bad Math, which was co-produced by members of the Badlees. After making their Homegrown Music debut with a studio recording in 2002, they return for a live concert appearance to perform their appealing original music, marked by jangly guitars and great vocal harmonies.
|Van Wagner is a Homegrown Music regular, for his intelligent, often poignant songs about the region and its mining heritage. He was part of a Homegrown Music special on mining songs back in 2001, and he returns to make his first solo concert performance, including some songs from his new CD If Time Could Stand Alone.
Feb. 24 Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. This internationally acclaimed
progressive rock/fusion band recently marked their 20th anniversary. Known for
their elaborate instrumental suites and virtuosic musicianship, the
Boston-based band, with family ties to Northeastern Pennsylvania, made their
Homegrown Music debut in late 2001. This week's broadcast is an encore of that