Exciting News!!

We are delighted our new album These Old Hands was one of the finalists in the 2017 Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album Award, which was presented at this year’s Golden Guitar Awards in Gore on 1 June.
Other finalists were Wanaka native Jody Direen for Shake Up, and Phil Doublet for his second album Endless Highway.

The winner was Jody Direen, and we congratulate her for her fine album.

Two of HCBB were there on the night, and with assistance from Julia Rhodes on vocals, Marion Burns on fiddle, and the backing band, played a very well-received song in the concert. We got the night’s only encore!

Quoted from the press release:
The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band have been a consistent presence in the New Zealand country music scene since the 1960’s – and for good reason. Their latest album These Old Hands is a return to form and their first release of new material since 2008.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughn is impressed with the music from all the finalists across both categories, highlighting the strength of New Zealand’s country music scene.

“There’s a huge amount of talent on display across these recordings. It’s an exciting time to be a country music fan and bodes well for the future of the genre.”

Paul Scott Trenwith QSM

Many of you will now know that I am privileged to have been awarded a ‘Queen’s Service Medal’ in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

This is very humbling, but I’m proud to accept the QSM on behalf of my family, friends, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, and bluegrassers everywhere.

I can still hardly believe it, but I’ve received so many letters and Facebook posts from folk who are delighted with the award, I’ve got to start believing it!

Thanks for all your support.

Paul Trenwith QSM
Banjo Player to the Queen

Watch the official video of the ceremony right here!

And here is a Stuff.co.nz interview with Paul in his studio:

A video Jeremy shot of the big day:

letter from John Key