C. Keith Collins is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical tastes range from medieval Welsh harp music to baroque orchestral repertoire to the traditional music of his ancestral Appalachian homeland. Praised for his “mastery…and most perfect intonation possibly imaginable”, Keith has as bassoonist performed or recorded with many of today’s leading period instrument ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, Washington Bach Consort, and the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra. He is a founding member of Heartland Baroque, a chamber group that released a new recording of early 17th century instrumental repertoire in the fall of 2018. Keith can be heard playing recorder, curtal, and shawm with the early wind band Forgotten Clefs. He is keenly interested in the harping traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; his Irish harp is a copy of the ca. 1600 ‘Castle Otway’ instrument and is strung with brass and silver strings. The music of the southern Appalachians holds a special place in his heart, and he enjoys exploring that music with fretless banjo and Appalachian dulcimer, and through the shape-note and unaccompanied ballad traditions. Keith makes his home in Brown County, Indiana where he is a volunteer at the Indiana Raptor Center, a wildlife hospital for injured and orphaned birds of prey. He is adjunct instructor at the Historical Performance Institute of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and at The University of North Texas in Denton.