Richard Wood Biography

“Richard has the Fire of a Rock God and all of the Talent and Skill of a Master Musician.” Time Out Magazine, London, UK.


For more than 3 decades, Richard WOOD has blown away audiences around the world with his traditional-born, fiery brand of Celtic music . His CFMA nominated, and ECMA award winning 8th album, UNBROKEN, which was mastered by legendary, multi Grammy Award winning Bob Ludwig from Gateway Studios has reviewers praising it as some of his best work to date!

Along with winning countless championships as both a step dancer and fiddler, Richard has also been awarded 5 East Coast Music Awards, numerous Music PEI awards, and Twice he has earned the Don Messer Memorial Trophy.

Richard has brought his highly sought after, uplifting, and energetic brand of music around the world; extensively touring Australia, Europe, Asia, and all across North America at spots like Epcot at Disney World, The Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall; and for special performances at televised events and programs, like CBC’s “Canada Day on Parliament Hill”, “Good Morning America”, “The David Letterman Show”, “Celtic Electric”, and Cape Breton’s jewel, “Rita MacNeil and Friends”.

Richard has played for Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, the Queen, princes, princesses, and the Emperor of Japan. He has also toured the world and performed with heavyweights like The Chieftains, Shania Twain, and as a featured performer in “Bowfire”. Richard continues to headline concert halls and music festivals around the world, but of all of his accomplishments, he is most proud to have entertained our Canadian Armed Forces in the North Pole, Bosnia, and twice in Afghanistan.

MacLean’s Magazine named Richard one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century, but they forgot to mention that it would be so darned hard to sit still while we watched and that his boundless energy would leave us out of breath and still wanting more!


 


 

 

"The best or more precisely, the most entertaning fiddler I have ever seen." Shetland Times


"Prince Edward Island's Bow shredding Fiddling Sensation." The Scotsman


 "I was completely blown away when I first heard Richard's UNBROKEN record. It actually sounds like a QUEEN record but instead of Freddie Mercury, the lead is taken by the AMAZING fiddle of RICHARD WOOD!" Darrin Harvey, Host of K-Rock 89.3 & East Coast Music Unplugged

 

"This stepdancing fiddler from Prince Edward Island exudes the qualities which will take him all the way to the top." Aberdeen Evening Express


"Celtic Prince Conquers U.S. - Country superstar Shania Twain elevates Richard Wood to the summit of U.S. network TV on the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America." The Toronto Star

 

"Picture it: A graceful tune to start off a set, with beautiful zippering lines, played while caressing the fiddle to his ear, eyes closed, off in a serene realm in a dance with time, as he lures us there with him. Then a cutting strathspey to kick it into a higher gear as he whoops out loud and smiles at the crowd — a total of six reels in a row, all executed with flawless precision, pounding in rhythm, intoxicating in a firing energy, which brings about numerous fits of spontaneous applause from the crowd who spring to their feet in ovation immediately at the set’s end.  Wood simply dropped every single jaw in the house — certainly making us all proclaim he is back, and he is better than ever." Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian