Greetings from Hardwick, VT! Jeanne Miller, Fran Forim, Danville Dan, Geoff Goodhue and Dave Hall are Granite Junction. Made up of veteran NEK musicians, Granite Junction is a convergence of love and good energy, old faces and new. Traveling beyond their string band roots while remaining loyal to them, this country blues quintet delivers solid, danceable instrumentals and thick vocal harmonies.
Having begun Suzuki violin method at age 5, Geoff transitioned hisfocus to drumming at age 10 and went on to graduate from Ohio University in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Percussion Performance plus a certificate in Environmental Studies. Following a season of stewardship at Maine’s Baxter State Park, Goodhue began mentoring drum and guitar students out of his childhood home in Boxford, Massachusetts.
Since moving to Vermont in 2008, Geoff has served as a G.M.C.Caretaker on the Long Trail and has worked and performed with the Bread and Puppet Theater. Goodhue is currently the drummer of Vermont Vaudeville’s house band and mandolinist/vocalist in Beg Steal or Borrow. Geoff has appeared on Mountain Stage in Morgantown, West Virginia and at Appleton Wisconsin’s Mile of Music with Composer and Producer Nick Vandenberg. Geoff’s family outfit The Goodhues Band has performed with autoharp legend Bryan Bowers and was featured at the 2016 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Newport, PA. As a member of Athens Ohio’s Realbilly Jive, Geoff played drums on “You and the World Outside”, an album comprised of J.D.
Hutchison’s original songs and released September 2016 on Howdy Skies Records in collaboration with folk, country and bluegrass icon, Tim O’Brien.
Geoff also makes a living responsibly composting humanure as a representative of Clivus New Englandand resides on 20 acres in East Charleston, Vermont.
Jeanne Segretto Miller: vocals and fiddle
Born in New York, Jeanne comes from a long line of musicians. She started playing violin at age 7 and had a rich grade school experience playing with many orchestras and quartets all over Long Island. Wanting to move out of the New York area, Jeanne played her way into college attending the Crane School of Music at Potsdam. Once she graduated she moved to Vermont, where she met her band mates. Inspired by Josh Gould, Jeanne and Josh started the band Butterbeans where they played all over the Hardwick area. Jeanne continues to play on occasion with the Vermont Philharmonic and give private violin and fiddle lessons. Her students have gone on to participate in many successful local groups including the Green Mountain Youth Symphony. Jeanne also coordinates may performance events for Vermont communities at large. Jeanne continues study fiddle with Pete Sutherland and Rayna Gellert, and collaborate with many of the previous members of the Butterbeans in the current band Granite Junction.
Fran Forim: Fran has been playing bass in numerous outfits between Vermont and California for many years. Hailing from Glover, VT Fran has played with a wide range of groups including Snakeroot, Mud City Ramblers, Bacon Grease String Band, The Butterbeans and most recently, Beg Steal or Borrow.