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Back Porch Bluegrass

Back Porch Bluegrass, Sundays at 8pm, comes to us from Free FM - Hamilton's community access radio station.

Back Porch Bluegrass host Paul Trenwith is a founder member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, playing banjo and occasionally singing harmony parts. With the HCBB, he featured in the very successful ‘Country Touch’ TV series, and toured with the band throughout NZ in1969-70. In 1971 the band ventured to Australia where they played in concerts and toured with the Slim Dusty Show throughout NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as participating in Slim’s recording sessions. During 1971 they also visited the USA appearing on the Grand Ole Opry and at a couple of major bluegrass festivals.

From the mid-70’s to the mid-90’s, Paul and his fiddle-playing wife Colleen played as mostly gospel music, bluegrass-style, with a group of friends, and often featuring songs that Paul had written.

Since the mid-90’s the HCBB have performed together at concerts on tours (including the highly-successful ‘Highway of Legends’ tours of 2005 and 2006), played at an international bluegrass festivals in the USA in 2008 and formed the main backing band for the Topp Twins Summer Hoedown Tour in 2011. They were featured guests at the Redland Bluegrass Festival in Brisbane, Australia in July 2012 and their performances convinced many Australian friends that they were still a fine bluegrass band.

Paul also works with Tami Neilson, NZ’s top country music performer, and now takes every opportunity he can to support her music with his banjo and dobro playing.

Each of Paul’s four sons is a talented musician and Paul enjoys playing music with them. Currently a trio with Sam (guitar, harmonica, song-writer and vocalist) and Tim (double bass and vocals) with Paul on banjo is popping up to play music at various gatherings, featuring a diverse range of music from pop-chart derivatives to Sam’s songs to old-time bluegrass.

Paul has always been an enthusiastic advocate for and promoter of bluegrass music and when the opportunity for a radio show was offered, he decided there was no better time than now for a programme of bluegrass music. Using his own vast archive of CD’s and vinyl records, hence the sometimes authentic scratchy sound you get from vinyl. The show includes tracks from the classic bands, the traditional stylists and contemporary groups as well as some ‘roots’ bluegrass and newgrass. NZ and Australian bluegrass gets an airing and every show will include some of his favourites such as Doyle Lawson, Laurie Lewis, Rhonda Vincent, Flatt and Scruggs, Blue Highway, Ricky Skaggs and maybe even the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. 
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