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  Peter Wood 

Musician/Composer 

History

Peter was born and brought up in Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire. He started playing the bagpipes at 7 years old and moved on to the accordion at 12.

By the time Peter was 18 he was playing for ceilidhs and Scottish country dancing, he had had his first BBC broadcast on “Take the Floor” since then he has had numerous broadcasts, his latest being 2011.

Peter has played with pipe bands such as Biggar RBL, Coalburn IOR, Scottish Gas Caledonia, Stromness RBL and was Pipe Major for Lerwick RBL.

Peter has performed all over the world including Rio, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and the Middle East. Peter has also composed many well-known Scottish dance music tunes such as The Inside Oot Fish Eater, Sandy’s Shetland Stag Week and Hamish’s Boat. Many of Peters tunes have been used by other musicians in there broadcasts and recordings. Peter has also composed many tunes for special occasions in folks lives as a memento of a special day or special person.

Over the years Peter has worked on many collaborations with individuals and organisations such as The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bruce Molsky and currently has his own band “The Peter Wood Band”.

In 1996 Peter settled in the Shetland Islands and spent 14 years leading Da Fustra. For ten years Peter owned High Level Music.

Peter lives in the beautiful little village of Hoswick with his wife Karen and their family. Peter now teaches in over 15 schools throughout the mainland and Islands of Shetland passing on his knowledge to the youth of Shetland. He has been awarded a Degree in Applied Music through the University of the Highlands and Islands. During the covid pandemic Peter broadcast on social media over 300 times and raised over £8000 for NHS Shetland.

He was nominated as musician of the year at the MG Trad awards 2020 and in 2021 for traditional music on social media for his weekly podcast Tartan Tunes Scottish Session.