Pugwash man receives prestigious honour

Jocelyn Turner jturner@amherstdaily.com
Published on October 27, 2012
Peter Trenholm holds up his plaque at America’s Old Time Music Hall of Fame when he was inducted. Trenholm now has a small picture of himself hanging in the hall of fame near another photo of country music stars such as Hank Williams

PUGWASH – It was something he had never dreamed of but when Peter Trenholm, a Bluegrass Country musician from Pugwash received word he had been nominated to be inducted into America’s Old Time Music Hall of Face, he was sure it was a joke.

“I didn’t take the invite (to the Hall of Fame) seriously,” he said. “My wife looked over the letter and so did my kids and they said, ‘Dad, I think you should go.’ Before I knew it, my son had booked me a place to stay in Iowa (the location of the Hall of Fame.)”

The idea that it was a serious invite was surreal to Trenholm, but once he arrived in Iowa, he was immediately glad his son had made the effort to make sure he went.

“I met Lynn Anderson, a big Nashville star in the 70’s and 80’s, and Terry Smith, who wrote a song for Johnny Cash, the ‘Far Side Banks of Jordan,” he said. “I also met John Rex Reeves, the nephew of Jim Reeves, who is likely the best country singer the world has ever known, but was killed in a plane crash in 1964.”

In order to win the award, Trenholm had to be nominated. The nomination came from good friend Michael T. Wall, the Singing Newfoundlander. The nomination from Wall went before a committee and they sent Trenholm the inductee letter.

“It was very humbling, a huge honour to be inducted,” said Trenholm. “To be inducted into a hall of fame is something, in my mind, one never allows themselves to think about. It’s something that happens to other people and never happens to you.”

While in the States, Trenholm was invited to play in Le Mars Iowa, the ice cream capital of the world, for a classic old time country and bluegrass festival. He said it was 107 degrees when he arrived and the coldest it got was 97. Ice cream, he said, never tasted so good.

“They had seven stages going from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. for seven days straight, music on every one of them at the same time. I performed on the main stage to about 900 people in the audience and there were 600 entertainers from every state and country around the world,” he said. “It was an awesome time. For me, I’ll likely never be able to do anything like that ever again.”