Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

The Ocrafolk 2019 finale jam. Gary Mitchell in yellow.

Textual content and photographs by Peter Vankevich

WOVV, Ocracoke’s Village Voice neighborhood radio station, has been round for 12 years and Gary Mitchell has been on the island enjoying music loads longer.

Lately, the 2 converged in a brand new present that Mitchell calls “Ocracoke Music Sampler.”

The one-hour present runs on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. and is rebroadcast at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Throughout it, Mitchell showcases the musical gems he has mined from his greater than 25 years dwelling, enjoying and recording music on the island.

He has had a house recording studio, Soundside Studio, for the reason that Nineteen Nineties.

Gary Mitchell on the Magic Bean Espresso Bazaar on Faculty Street.

Though the studio has been principally about recording the band he based initially along with his spouse Kitty Mitchell and Fiddler Dave Tweedie, Molasses Creek, which has produced 13 albums, he’s additionally recorded different performers: Noah Paley, Bob and Sky Zentz, Martin Garrish and a few previous timers, such because the late Roy Parsons and John Golden.

Sifting by means of the various CDs, he determined to doc the music on Ocracoke.

“I discovered all types of little treasures that we’ve recorded,” he stated. “Plenty of them that I’ve simply forgotten about.”

One option to promote these musical treasures, he thought, can be to host a radio present.

 “Ocracoke Music Sampler” debuted on Oct. 4, the most recent weekly present for Ocracoke’s nonprofit neighborhood radio station at 90.1 FM.

One present was primarily based on the 1998 Ocrafolk Music CD, which featured songs by Roy Parsons, Jule Garrish, Martin Garrish, Rob Temple, Molasses Creek, Michael and Johnny O’Neal, Pat Garber, Jim Wynn, Kevin Hardy, the Ocracoke Cabaret, Invoice and Libby Hicks, David Styron and Sundae Horn.

Many followers of the Ocrafolk Music Competition and the island music scene basically will acknowledge the artists featured on his reveals.

He hopes to interview native performers as a part of his present.

Ocracoke Music Sampler has an intro: “Roy Parsons, this previous timer, born and raised right here, had this well-known quote. He’d say, ‘Gary, music is nice,’ and that simply summed up loads proper there.”

Along with his music recordings, Mitchell additionally produces music movies that may be seen on his YouTube channel Gary Mitchell.

“I’ve at all times loved making music movies and through the COVID lockdowns, I did much more,” he stated.

With a lot neighborhood help and involvement, WOVV was formally launched in June of 2010 with terrestrial broadcasts (90.1 FM), and streaming on-line ( adopted a yr later.

Mitchell joins a prolonged listing of packages on WOVV, many by islanders.

Native broadcasters embrace “Basic Cuts & Such” hosted by John Simpson, “Down Creek Blues” by Tom Cain, “Beats with Beatle” by Beatle Haddad, “The Outside Bathe Energy Hour” by Chad Macek, “Full Throttle” by Matt Tolson, “Simply Good Music from the Second Ground of the Previous Fireplace Home” by Peter Vankevich, “Island Morning Combine” by John Alexanderson and “Rockin’ Radio Present,” by Tommy Hutcherson and Larry Ihle.

A number of off-islanders even have reveals: “Sound Crossings” by LeAnne Astin, “Gospel Prepare” by Jim Bakay, “Brewer World Tour” by Dave Brewer, “Ramsey & Actuality” by Tor Ramsey, “Beck Black’s Seashore Shack” by Beck Black and “You By no means Know Radio” by Uncle Sal.

The every day schedule might be discovered on the station’s web site and every day postings are on its Fb web page.

The station additionally has some scheduled music themes, such because the “Reggae Hour” on Saturday afternoons and classical music from 3 to six a.m.

Within the absence of scheduled packages, the automated jukebox performs a free-reeling number of music.

A frequent commentary by the station’s followers is that the attraction of WOVV is you by no means know what track might be subsequent.

Molasses Creek carry out on the 2019 Ocrafolk Competition.

Molasses Creek performs ‘I’ll Fly Away’ on the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. From left, Fidler Dave Tweedie, Gary Mitchell and Kitty Mitchell. Like this:

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