“This is the biggest gig of my life,” says Boulder songwriter Jeremy Dion, as he packed up for his recent trip to Scotland to perform in the largest arts festival in the world – Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.  “I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited for a performance, so you can imagine my devastation when my guitar didn’t make it.”

Airlines misplace baggage all the time, but when that lost baggage is the centerpiece of a one-time international performance, that’s a different story.

“The guitar never did catch up to me in Scotland, although the city of Edinburgh was spectacular, and the people were lovely. One of them even loaned me a guitar for my show, but that instrument turned out to be unplayable. So with minutes to spare before showtime, I pivoted to my only other option: performing a capella for an hour. I had never done that before, and I ended up using a combination of snaps, claps, stomps, and sweet air guitar licks to fill some of the space. It was undoubtedly the strangest performance I have ever given, but thankfully the crowd seemed to love it. They were very understanding and appreciative, and I believe I will even be invited back to next year’s festival. I will not be checking my guitar.”

With four albums released to date and more music on the way, Jeremy’s guitar is an important piece of the puzzle. This story does have a happy ending, however, as Jeremy and his intact guitar were at last reunited, 13 days after he boarded his flight to Scotland.

Come see Jeremy Dion with Peter Sharpe at East Simpson Coffee Company in Lafayette on Thursday September 8th from 5:30-7:00pm.

Clips of Jeremy’s a capella performance: