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July 2006

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 Special features during June include a Homegrown Music Concert in the 17th and a Homegrown Jazz special on the 19th. (Homegrown Music will not be heard on July 4 due to special programming.) Further information on Homegrown Music may be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://homegrownmusic.info

July 11 Chris Orbach. Born into a family of performers, Chris Orbach has had career in theater and is a successful voiceover actor, but he had always been drawn to his music. Last year, he released his debut CD Safely Through the Night, which has been featured on WVIA's Mixed Bag program. Singer-songwriter Orbach's music draws on folk, rock and jazz influence. Now he makes his Homegrown Music debut performing a collection of new songs, most of which have not yet been released on CD. He is joined by a fine band, including musicians who appeared on his CD.

Chris Orbach and Band
Chris Orbach Band: Left to right: John Montagna, Stew Cutler, Chris Orbach, Graham Hawthorne

July 17 A Homegrown Music Live Concert featuring MINAS and RIPPLETREE EFFECT. WVIA's unique series of monthly live concert broadcasts continues with performances by two distinctive Eastern Pennsylvania ensembles.

Minas: Patricia King and Orlando Haddad
Minas, from the southeastern part the state is an outstanding Brazilian-style group. Featuring Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, Minas have been performing together for 15 years now. They have just released their latest CD Orlando and Patricia in Rio which has already been getting favorable reviews, and has been featured on WVIA's All That Jazz program. They will be making their Homegrown Music debut performing their appealing mix of mostly original bossa nova, jazz and World Music.

Formerly known as Barefoot, under which name they previously appeared on HGM, Rippletree Effect is a young, creative group from the Wyoming Valley who combine rock, bluegrass and strong songwriting. With several members of the same family, they include fiddle, mandolin, guitars, plus rock bass and drums in their appealing, energetic mix.

Rippletree Effect
Rippletree Effect
As usual WVIA's listeners are invited to attend the performance at the station's Public Broadcasting Center headquarters. Free audience seating is available by advance reservation by calling 570-655-2808. Note: Start time 8:00 PM.

Mere Mortals
Mere Mortals at WVIA in 2001: The ubiquitous Marko Marcinko, Mark Keisinger, Ed Appnel, Patrick Flynn
July 18 Mere Mortals. This outstanding regional rock band existed in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area for most of the 1990s. They were known for their sophisticated arrangements and thoughtful writing. They made several appearance on Homegrown Music, and this encore features highlights from their studio sessions.

July 19 A Homegrown Jazz Special with THE EDDIE SEVERN QUARTET. Eddie Severn is a talented world-class British-born jazz trumpeter now residing in the Poconos. For his Homegrown Music debut, he is joined by an all-star group of some of the region's best jazz players: pianist Jesse Green, bassist Paul Rostock and drummer Marko Marcinko. The group is heard performing Severn's outstanding original compositions.

Eddie Severn Quartet
Eddie Severn Quartet: Eddie Severn, Marko Marcinko (yet again), Jesse Green, Paul Rostock

July 25 Kate & CJ. The long-running Poconos folk duo of Kate Jordan and CJ McKenna return to Homegrown Music after a nearly five-year absence. Their return is most welcome as they perform a collection of wonderful new original compositions marked by their thoughtful lyrics and superb vocal harmonies.

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