Meet John Westmoreland

Have you heard the lovely music at The Fearrington Granary at dinnertime? John Westmoreland is the talented Chatham County artist who is playing jazz and classical music at The Granary on Monday & Tuesday evenings. We are excited to share a little more about Westmoreland and his love of music!

What prompted your love of music?
Honestly, I would say my love of music feels innate to my soul, but I was also lucky to grow up in a very musical environment. My father comes from a family of musicians, and I heard him playing guitar all the time. Really, I’ve loved music since I can remember.

What musicians inspire you?
A lot! But a few in particular would be J.S. Bach, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell, Djelimady Tounkara, Kenny Burrell, Frederic Chopin, Villa Lobos, Nina Simone, John Scofield, and Leonard Cohen. But the list could go on!

What’s your favorite song to play and/or to listen to?
If I had to choose one, for me it would probably be “Manha De Carnaval” a.k.a “Black Orpheus” or “A Day in the Life of a Fool.” It’s a beautiful song from Brazil that I’ve loved for years.

How long have you been playing music?
I started learning violin when I was about five but I didn’t really stick to it for too long. Then when I was 12 my father bought me an electric guitar and I loved it! That would be about 17 years ago.

How many instruments do you play?
I think of myself primarily as a guitarist. But I do also sing and dabble in some instruments from the Andes. There’s a mandolin-like instrument from Peru and Bolivia called charango. Over the summer I studied charango in Cusco, Peru and I perform with it from time to time also.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m very grateful for the opportunities I have to share with my local community all the music that’s touched and inspired me. So I hope to see you at The Granary. It would be a pleasure to provide a soundscape for your dining experience.

We hope you will join us for dinner or drinks at the Granary on Monday & Tuesdays and enjoy Westmoreland’s wonderful music!

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