Granby Farmers Market: Fresh sounds, fresh produce
August 1, 2008
The doctor is in and patrons are encouraged to sit down and make themselves comfortable during this Friday’s Farmer’s Market in Granby. Acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Jeremy Dion, who is also a psychotherapist, is set to play a variety of progressive folk and rock during the event’s First Friday Frenzy.
As shoppers stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables today, they will be treated to a free performance by Dion, starting at 4 p.m. Dion just finished his debut record “Finally” (released last week) and there is a sharp new Web site to let people know about it (www.jeremydion.com). This first solo album includes poetic vocal harmonies and a 99-year-old mandolin, as well as world-class musicians such as Grammy winner David Grier.
“The songs are intensely personal to me and to have them treated with such reverence has felt like a sacred rite of passage,” Dion said.
Dion taught himself to play the guitar in college, listening to the likes of favorite songwriters Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, and bluegrass legend Doc Watson. Other favorite songwriters include Patty Griffin, Glen Phillips and Darrell Scott.
He began to write his first originals and it was then that he began dreaming of making a living as a musician. An avid reader (mostly novels), Dion said he is inspired by writers like David James Duncan, Tom Robbins and Khaled Hosseini.
While in school he earned a master’s degree in music therapy, as well as psychotherapy, and for some time aimed to incorporate the two into his private practice in Frisco. In the end, he felt he’d prefer to keep his “soul’s expression relegated to other venues rather than in my office.”
Dion was featured at the Fraser Rocky Mountain Roastery this past winter with the Really Serious String Band, and said playing in Grand County is “Absolutely blissful.”
He was named one of the “artists to watch in 2008” by award-winning producer Lance Bendiksen (who helped him put out “Finally”).
Each Farmer’s Market highlights a free childrens’ booth, lemonade stand and homegrown and homemade items from a variety of vendors that include Morales Farms Inc., Cold Springs Greenhouse, Our World Bakery, Hungry Mother Organics, JR’s Grill, The American and European Kitchen, Styria Catering, the Hot Sulphur Springs Soap Company and Sweet Pea Produce. Members of the Grand Community Gardens are also on hand to share gardening tips and answer questions. As part of First Friday Frenzy, today’s market also features a beer and wine tent.
“Doowop Dennie” Foley is set to play during the next First Friday Frenzy on Sept. 5. Event sponsors include Legacy Building Specialties, the local US and Grand Mountain banks, the Java Lava Cafe, Mountain Parks Electric, Shadow Mountain Chiropractic, SaniKing, Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse, Title Company of the Rockies and the Sky-Hi Daily News. Dion’s performance is sponsored by the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce and US Bank.