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May 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. May special features include a Homegrown Music concert on the 10th with World Music luminary Samite. Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://georgegraham.com/hgm_main.html

May 4 Walter Prezelski. Forest City area singer-songwriter and guitarist Prezelski returns for another set of his unique songs, marked by distinctive, often unconventional lyrics and his deep bass voice.

Walter Prezelski recording for Homegrown Music
Walter Prezelski Recording for Homegrown Music

May 10 A Homegrown Music Concert with SAMITE and DAVID CULLEN. WVIA's monthly series of live Homegrown Music concert-broadcasts continues on Monday nights with a performance by an renowned World Music artist and an acoustic guitar virtuoso.

Samite Mulondo is a native of Uganda, and fled his country during the regime of dictator Idi Amin. Since his arrival in the US, he has become one of the most popular and appealing World Music artists, with truly international following. He combines the folk music and instruments of East Africa, such as the kalimba and various percussion, with the lilting songs of his homeland along with beautiful original material. His current CD, Tunula Eno has received many glowing reviews, and has been heard frequently on the nationally-syndicated Echoes Public Radio program. Based in nearby Upstate New York, Samite will be making his Homegrown Music debut.

David Cullen is no stranger to Homegrown Music. The Lehigh Valley guitarist has extensive experience in the classical world, and has also recorded for Windham Hill Records and has several CDs to his name. A remarkable stylist, he combines the virtuosity of classical technique with a melodic sense to create original music that is as appealing as it is impressive.
David Cullen
David Cullen

As an added treat, David Cullen and Samite will join in each other's set to make this an extra-special evening of music.

As usual WVIA's listeners are invited to attend the concert at the station's Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Admission is free by advance reservation on a first-come first-served basis. Phone 570-655-2808 to place free reservations. Note: Start time 8:00 PM.

Jabberpony at WVIA
Japperpony in the studio for Homegrown Music
May 11 Jabberpony. From New Jersey, this unusually-named band (it comes from a combination of the names of the members) performs wonderfully melodic, and often ethereal folk rock. This encore of a 2002 session features the beautifully soaring vocals their then-lead singer Sarah Schoendienst.

May 18 Kris Kehr with Bill Stetz. Another long-time veteran of the Homegrown Music, Kris Kehr has been in many bands over the years, including the famously eclectic bluegrass ensemble Pavlov's Dawgs. Kehr returns to the series for fine collection of new original songs, performed in an acoustic setting with bassist Bill Stetz.
Kris Kehr and Bill Stetz
Krek Kehr (left) and Bill Stetz in the studio for Homegrown Music

Carla Ulbrich and Bob Malone
Carla Ulbrich with Bob Malone in the studio at WVIA
May 25 Carla Ulbrich. One of the wittiest songwriters Homegrown Music has presented, Ms. Ulbrich returns with a new bunch of downright hilarious songs, many of them poking fun at her experience in the hospital. She backs up her funny songs with impressive guitar technique -- and indeed she performs a classical piece on guitar as part of the set. She is also joined by special guest pianist (and another clever songwriter) Bob Malone.

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