Scott Wood, 26, performs on Bagpipes, Border Pipes, Whistles & Wooden Flute as well as working as a Recording Engineer from his own recording studio, Oak Ridge Studios. Born and raised in Erskine, Scotland, Scott was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition and holds a Bachelors degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Primarily from a traditional piping background, Scott played with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, was appointed Pipe Sergeant of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Senior Band as well as Pipe Major of their respective Development Band. Since the age of 16, Scott decided to focus more on the contemporary side of folk music, and has toured nearly every continent on the globe, performing with major acts such as: Scott Wood Band, Skerryvore, Celtic Worship, Mànran, RURA, Norrie MacIver, Calum Stewart, Kilda, Mischa Macpherson Trio, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, We Banjo 3, KT Tunstall, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, Drams Ceilidh Band, Steph MacLeod, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Carlos Nuñez.
In 2012, Scott formed ‘The Scott Wood Trio’ and was nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards. The band then developed into the sextet named the ‘Scott Wood Band’ - described as “The most exciting new traditional act in Scotland.” – Tiree Music Festival.
In 2015, Scott released his debut album ‘Upsurge’ with the ‘Scott Wood Band’, produced by Calum MacCrimmon of Breabach. The production of the album took him to Ann Arbor, Michigan to mix with the esteemed producer Tyler Andrew Duncan, which in turn inspired Scott to learn about music production and open his own studio some years later. The band then received nominations for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards. The band’s last performance was on the 2017/18 BBC Hogmanay Show with an audience of 2.5 million viewers across the world. Since then, they have been on a hiatus, but have plans of recording another album in 2020 with a new vision.
In April of 2017, Scott became a full-time member of the prestigious folk/rock band Skerryvore and has been consistently touring with them ever since, headlining most major folk festivals and theatres. Their latest album ‘EVO’ peaked at No.6 in the mainstream UK iTunes Charts and received high critical acclaim. In the year of 2019 alone, Skerryvore performed 143 gigs all over the world.
Being a strong Christian, Scott loves performing in any worship setting and in 2017, formed ‘Celtic Worship’ with my wife Mhairi and friends. The aim of the band was to bring together a group of Scottish Christian professional musicians, and rework old Hymns with an honest and understated folk interpretation. Their videos online surpassed 2.5 million views, and in 2018 they released their debut album ‘Homeward’, and are recording a follow up album due for release January 2021.
Scott is also involved on the other side of the musical glass, and runs Oak Ridge Studios straight from his home in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, producing, recording, and mixing music for other artists. He has worked with acts such as RURA, Anxo Lorenzo, Project SMOK, Celtic Worship, Assynt, Eabhal, Gnoss, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafunete, The Alyn Cosker Group, Hannah Rarity, James Harper, Ron Jappy and many more.
THE TANNAHILL PROJECT
In 2017, Scott and friend Neil Paton received funding from Paisley 2021 to compose and record an album inspired by the works of Paisley’s famous bard - Robert Tannahill. The album consists primarily of musicians born and raised in Renfrewshire, and is due for release in 2020.
Aside from more creative aspects of music, Scott also manages the Drams Ceilidh Band, a successful full-time wedding and corporate band, providing on average 60 ceilidhs and employing over 30 musicians throughout the year.