Gary Mitchell taps into island music gems in new radio show

By | November 13, 2022

The 2019 Ocrafolk Closing Jam. Gary Mitchell in yellow.

Textual content and images by Peter Vankevich

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

Just lately, the 2 converged on a brand new present that Mitchell calls “Ocracoke Music Sampler.”

The hour-long present airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. and rebroadcasts at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Throughout it, Mitchell showcases the musical gems he is culled from his greater than 25 years of dwelling, enjoying, and recording music on the island.

He has owned a house recording studio, Soundside Studio, because the Nineteen Nineties.

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

Though the studio was largely dedicated to recording the group he initially based together with his spouse Kitty Mitchell and fiddler Dave Tweedie, Molasses Creek, which produced 13 albums, he additionally recorded different performers: Noah Paley, Bob and Sky Zentz, Martin Garrish and a few previous timers just like the late Roy Parsons and John Golden.

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

“I discovered every kind of little treasures that we recorded,” he mentioned. “Numerous them I simply forgot about.”

One strategy to promote these musical treasures, he thought, could be to host a radio present.

“Ocracoke Music Sampler” debuted on October 4, Ocracoke’s non-profit neighborhood radio station’s newest weekly present on 90.1 FM.

One present was primarily based on the 1998 Ocrafolk music CD, which included 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 Pageant and the island music scene normally will acknowledge the artists featured in its exhibits.

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

Ocracoke Music Sampler has an introduction: “Roy Parsons, this elder, born and raised right here, had this well-known quote. He was like, “Gary, the music is sweet,” and that sums up a variety of issues there. »

Along with his musical recordings, Mitchell additionally produces music movies which might be seen on his Gary Mitchell YouTube channel.

“I’ve at all times beloved making music movies and through the COVID-related lockdowns I’ve carried out much more,” he mentioned.

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

Mitchell joins an extended checklist 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 Out of doors Bathe Energy Hour” by Chad Macek, “Full Throttle” by Matt Tolson, “Simply Good Music from the Second Flooring of the Previous Hearth Home” by Peter Vankevich, “Island Morning Combine” by John Alexanderson, and “Rockin’ Radio Present” by Tommy Hutcherson and Larry Ihle.

A number of off-islands even have exhibits: “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 Uncle Sal’s “You By no means Know Radio”.

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

The station additionally affords scheduled musical themes, comparable to “Reggae Hour” on Saturday afternoons and classical music from 3 a.m. to six a.m.

With no scheduled packages, the automated jukebox streams a wide range of music.

A frequent remark by followers of the station is that the enchantment of WOVV is that you simply by no means know what the following track will likely be.

Molasses Creek performs on the 2019 Ocrafolk Pageant.
Molasses Creek performs “I am going to Fly Away” at Ocracoke United Methodist Church. Left to proper, Fidler Dave Tweedie, Gary Mitchell and Kitty Mitchell.