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Skerryvore are excited to announce the introduction of a new member to their musician lineup. Scott Wood will join the band, playing pipes and whistles. His first on-stage appearances will be next month (May) for the band’s shows at Gig on the Goil (5th), The Big Whistle Festival, Bury (6th) and The Old Fire Station in Carlisle on 7th.  Scott has already been working in the studio with the band as they record their seventh album.

2013 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Scott has performed with many other acts across the world. After graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scott’s own band’s debut album release was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Trad Awards. He brings a wealth of experience to Skerryvore’s line-up.

‘’I’m absolutely delighted to be on board with one of my favourite bands,” said Scott. “I first played with Skerryvore in 2010, at the age of 17, at their album launch, and to become a member now is a dream come true!”

Scott’s addition to Skerryvore comes as founder member Martin Gillespie takes a step back from full-on performances. In common with many pipers, Martin has developed ‘focal hand dystonia,’ a neurological condition which affects the hands causing involuntary contractions, spasms and often discomfort. Martin has received advice and support from Stuart Cassells, who had to retire from performance with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers for the same reason.

‘I have been battling with this condition for a number of years and have now got to the stage where it’s difficult to perform full shows comfortably, particularly on pipes, at the standard required’.

‘Don’t worry, I’ll still be with the band at all gigs, the Bagpipes have not retired just yet,’ joked Martin . ‘Scott’s an amazing player and will add a lot to Skerryvore performances.’

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