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September 2018

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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 and Saturdays at 6 PM on WVIA-HD2. 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/

Sep. 4 56 Men. A long-running band from the Philadelphia area, 56 Men is named after the number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence. The group has members from both sides of the Atlantic. They serve up melodic original rock inspired by the British Invasion. This is an encore of their 2016 session, done at about the time they released their EP Holy Hannah.
56 Men
The 56 Men band in the studio at WVIA in 2016
Sep. 11 Canción Franklin. With a first name that’s the Spanish word for “song” it’s only natural Canción Franklin got into music. A native of Tuscon, Arizona, he came east to attend college in New Jersey and has been on the NY/NJ/PA music scene for the past few years. A roots-rock style singer-songwriter with articulate lyrics who recently released his first EP, True as Time Allows, Franklin makes his Homegrown Music debut with a three-piece electric band performing 10 original songs.
Cancion Franklin
Cancion Franklin (left) with his band at WVIA
Sep. 18 Charles Havira Band. A long-time part of the regional music scene going back to the early 1990s in the popular group Freight Train, Charles Havira has performed in numerous contexts from solo acoustic to rock band. Last year, he released an EP called Actual. This archive segment from 2001 features an all-star quartet featuring Pat Flynn and Mark Kiesinger from Mere Mortals and Bent Blue, and drummer Marko Marcinko of the Dave Liebman jazz group.
Charles Havira Band
Charles Havira (second from left) with his band in the old warehouse studio at WVIA

Sep. 25 Mickey Spain. A veteran folksinger, Mickey Spain has been a member of the traditional Irish band Makem and Spain, and has recorded with such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Roger McGuinn, Noel Paul Stookey, and Jonathan Edwards. Now living in Scranton, Mickey Spain makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original and traditional songs in a solo acoustic setting.
Mickey Spain
Mickey Spain at WVIA

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