Philly’s music scene is always changing, and WHYY is keeping up.
The Local Music Project spotlights Philadelphia-area musicians by playing their music on air. Find out more about the artists and their music here.
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Featured: Black Horse Motel
Philadelphia’s Black Horse Motel crafts its city folk sound by taking traditional folk instruments and lyrics, and blending them with Americana roots, rock, blues, and country influences. In 2017, Black Horse Motel won the Country/Folk category in Philadelphia councilman David Oh’s city-wide PHL Live music competition, and also won twice at 2018’s local Homey Awards, for Best Folk Song, and EP of the Year.
Featured: Laura Dishong
Laura Dishong got her start in music as a vocal music and music education student, but a chance encounter with the harp changed all that. She’s won the Mid-Atlantic Irish Harp Competition, and has studied harp at the Carde Na Cruite School in Termonfeckin, Ireland. Laura maintains an active performance schedule throughout the region, and continues to teach music in Moorestown, NJ.
Chipocrite uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass, drums and/or other lo-fi sequencers, to create his compositions. Since emerging from the Philadelphia chip scene just a few years ago, he has taken the stage at numerous performance spaces around the country.
Paul is a prolific songwriter as well as a professional actor and stage manager. His songs emphasize heartfelt and relatable lyrics, while keeping the message simple, and delivering it with soulful intention. Paul’s music heard on WHYY is from his most recent album entitled “The Next Big Nobody”, a collection of songs inspired by life in the theater.
Greg Davis is a Philadelphia native who began playing guitar at age 8 and teaching guitar at 14. He has been a member of many Philly-based groups including In The Pocket, Beru Revue, and Crosstown Traffic.
Jessica Graae is a folk singer-songwriter who celebrated the release of her second album “Sea Dream” with a show at World Café Live in Philadelphia. Nominated for ten WSTW Hometown Hero Homey Awards, Jessica is a 2013 Philadelphia Folk Factory contest winner and a finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Delmarva Folk Hero contests.
Hirudidae is a solo synth project based in Philadelphia. It’s ghost music: songs written for ghosts, by ghosts. With roots in Victorian séances and the 1980s underground scene, the project channels restless spirits to create a wailing morass of goth, minimal synth, drone music, and dark wave.
Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. “The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” (New Haven Advocate)
Bassist Nicholas Krolak is a young veteran of the Philadelphia jazz scene. He has spent the last decade working as a side-man, experiencing new styles, and studying with the masters. Now, he’s applying all he’s learned to his own group. Tracing the lineage of bebop into the contemporary, his compositions celebrate the city and honor nature.
Michael Lawrence is a composer, keyboardist and field recordist in Philadelphia. As a composer, he has been published by the Organist’s Companion (Wayne Leupold Editions), among others. He is an assistant grand court organist on the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s in Center City. He recently represented Philadelphia for 60 Minute Cities, a project with Bivouac Recording of Shanghai, China featuring field recording albums from cities around the world.
Lazy Salon is New Jersey based multi-instrumentalist Sean Byrne, formerly the drummer with several Philadelphia bands (Mazarin, Lenola, BC Camplight, Matt Pond and others) and primary songwriter for The Twin Atlas during the 2000’s.
Since 2014 Byrne has been crafting psychedelic instrumentals as Lazy Salon, dabbling in genres from melodic electronic/dance, spaced out dub, dreamy pop and elastic rhythms.
Michael O’Reilly is an Emmy winning producer for the WHYY original production FRIDAY ARTS, and has received multiple Emmy nominations for his original music. He teaches at Rowan University and at PhillyCAM – the public access channel of Philadelphia.
Steve Patruno is the guitarist and vocalist of The New Watchdog Blues Band.
Phil Rizzo is a New Jersey native who has played bass and guitar in various rock bands of the Philadelphia and South Jersey music scene.
Al Serrani is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and producer who owns his own sound studio. He is the founder of the band Armada, for whom he writes original material and plays nearly every instrument.
Peter Tang grew up in Shenyang China, where he studied music. He now leads a traditional Chinese music ensemble which actively performs in the greater Philadelphia area.
Neil Tapp’s guitar playing draws inspiration from the American fingerpicking tradition, highlighting styles from the 1920s to the present day.
West Philadelphia Orchestra
With influences ranging from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra began as a porch jam in West Philly. The group has continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music and has played all over the country, yet WPO’s heartbeat is always in Philly: they play every Tuesday night at Franky Bradley’s.