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January 2015

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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 January is a Homegrown Jazz segment on the 14th during WVIA’s All That Jazz at 7:00 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/

Feb. 3 Mary Fahl. Mary Fahl’s remarkable lead vocals were the lynchpin of the popular 1990s group October Project. This encore from 2013 is a solo session recorded shortly before Ms. Fahl performed at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA, which became a double live album released in 2014. She performs a wide-ranging collection of songs including originals, October Project tunes, traditional pieces, a version of an aria from a Puccini opera and a cover of Pink Floyd tune.

Mary Fahl
Mary Fahl at WVIA

Feb 9 A Homegrown Music Live Concert with the ASHLEY DANEMAN BAND and the duo of ANDY MILNE & LA TANYA HALL. WVIA’s unique series of monthly live Homegrown Music two-hour radio concert-broadcasts continues with performances by two outstanding women jazz singers.

Ashley Daneman
Ashley Daneman

Ashley Daneman is a singer-songwriter whose original compositions borrow jazz, folk and pop influences in a distinctive way. She recently released a new CD Beauty Indestructible which which has already been winning high critical praise.

Andy Milne is a eclectic Canadian-born jazz pianist living in Northeastern PA. He has worked with people ranging from Steve Coleman and Ravi Coltrane to singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. He also leads the fusion ensemble Dapp Theory.

Andy Milne
Andy Milne

La Tanya Hall
La Tanya Hall
La Tanya Hall’s professional career included performing as part of Harry Belafonte’s touring group at an early age. She also performed with notables such as Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones. For the past 12 years, she has been performing with Bobby McFerrin as part of his Voicestra. She also appears on two of McFerrin’s CDs. Ms. Hall and Milne will be performing in a duo setting and featuring jazz standards and other material.

As usual, WVIA members and listeners are invited to be part of the studio audience in the station’s Sordoni Theater. Free audience seating reservations may be obtained at the WVIA website or by phone at 570-655-2808.

Feb. 10 Ned Farr. This archive session from 1998 is a particular favorite of HGM producer George Graham. Mainly a graphic artist and a gaffer in the theatrical world, Ned Farr nevertheless created memorable music that combined thoughtful lyrics, fine vocals and excellent instrumental arrangements. This session preceded his second album Desert Motel and featured some of the songs that would appear on it. This edition of Homegrown Music was subsequently released as The Warehouse Sessions.

Feb. 17 The Empty Pockets. An excellent emerging folk-rock and roots group, The Empty Pockets feature great, melodic original songs and fine vocal harmonies. This new session marks their Homegrown Music debut.
Empty Pockets
Empty Pockets at their session at WVIA

Blake Morgan
Blake Morgan at WVIA
Feb. 24 Blake Morgan. This encore session from 2013 features the Homegrown Music debut of a veteran artist who has released three albums on his own and also works as a producer and runs his own independent record label. In 2013, he released a CD called Diamonds in the Dark which has been featured on WVIA's Mixed Bag and received national airplay. He performs in a solo acoustic context.

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