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Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies

Department of Appalachian Studies

Colleen Trenwith

Colleen  Trenwith 

423-439-7404 /
149A Sam Wilson Hall



Bluegrass Band Instructor, Fiddle Harmony Instructor, Individual Instruction Guitar and Fiddle

Colleen Trenwith is from New Zealand and started her musical journey on classical violin, gaining a L.T.C.L diploma (Licentiate of Trinity College, London) and performing with the N.Z. National Youth Orchestra for six years in the 1960s. In 1966 she was introduced to Bluegrass, Old Time, and Celtic music. Since then, and prior to her move to the U.S., she played in various bands, including the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band (HCBB), Old Time, Celtic, western swing and country bands. HCBB played on the Grand Ole Opry in Bill Monroe's segment of the show in June, 1971 and at Bill Monroe's own Beanblossom Festival. Colleen also met, and had the opportunity to twin with Kenny Baker at Lavonia, Georgia that same year. She studies and teaches many of Kenny Baker's fiddle tunes, considering him to be one of the major innovators of the bluegrass fiddle style. Colleen recently graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies and a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music at ETSU, and has been on the faculty in the program since 2010.

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