SCOTT WOOD - PIPES/WHISTLE
Born and raised in Erskine, Scott began piping at the age of 12 through the local Boys Brigade Pipe Band. He has been taught by some of the world’s greatest pipers including Gordon McCready, Finlay MacDonald, Stuart Samson and Allan MacDonald, and graduated with a degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Scott has played at the top of the Grade 1 with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and was also Pipe Sergeant of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Senior Band and also won a lot of competitions around Junior Solo Circuit including Overall Champion at the National Piping Centre Competition, and a Gold Medal at the Cowal Highland Gathering.
Scott left competitive piping, to focus on his passion of performance within the Scottish music scene, and in 2013, he was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.
In 2013, 'The Scott Wood Trio' were nominated for 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year' at the Scots Trad Music Awards. In 2014, two members were added and the 'Scott Wood Band' was formed. In their first year together they played many festivals and were nominated for 'Folk Band of the Year' at the very same awards alongside prestigious artists Julie Fowlis, Daimh and Heidi Talbot.
He is currently a member of the world renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers as well as having toured extensively around Europe, America, Australia and South America with Scottish Bands Mànran, Rura. He has also made appearances with artists such as: Old Blind Dogs, Carlos Nunez, The Mischa MacPherson Trio, Phil Cunningham and Skerryvore.
While still only at the age of 21, Scott has an extensive perfomrance experience including: Celtic Connections, Ortigueria Music Festival, HebCelt, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Dublin Irish Fest (Ohio), Tiree Music Festival, The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, Gigha Music Festival, Piping Live!, Knoydart Music Festival, Zellik Festival Luxembourg, Basel Tattoo plus many more.