Music Styles - Bluegrass, Early Country, Swing
Originally from California, Colby moved to the Midwest to attend Oberlin College and escape the tech boom. Immediately after college he traveled out to Berkeley, California for a summer so that he could study with mandolin great David Grisman.
Colby moved to Chicago in 1995 to work and travel with The Special Consensus bluegrass band. He rubbed elbows and shared the stage with many of his heroes like Tim O’Brien, Scott Nygaard, Sally Van Meter, Laurie Lewis, Slavek Hanzlik, J.D. Crowe and John Hartford. Along the way Colby studied fiddle with Missouri State Champion Charlie Walden and played for a short time in a duo with young banjo wizard Noam Pikelny.
In 1999 Colby moved on to teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and managing the teaching collection of books and recordings and concert archive at the School. He enjoys teaching beginners and advanced students, and specializes in all styles of mandolin and bluegrass fiddle.
Education: BA, Oberlin College
Started at the Old Town School in January of 1997