A band comprised of some of the most prominent musicians from the local scene has been recognised with a national award following the release of their debut album.
The Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band released Out of the Shadows, in November to critical acclaim in Shetland, Scotland and on the European continent.
The five piece band features Peter Wood on accordion, Brian Nicholson on guitar, Maggie Adamson on fiddle, Graham Jamieson on drums and Arthur Nicholson on bass.
Out of the Shadows was announced as the winner of the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs’ CD of the Year award at a ceremony in Perth on Sunday.
Among the four-album shortlist there was a strong Shetland connection. Along with the Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band a second local group, Mirka, was also nominated.
Maggie Adamson also played fiddle for another of the nominees, County Durham-based accordion player Leonard Brown.
Band leader Mr Wood said that the band were “delighted” and “exceptionally surprised” to win the Box and Fiddle Fellowship Input Award (BAFFI).
He added: “We were pleased just to make it to the last four.”
Mr Wood also praised the strong showing by
Shetlanders at the awards, saying “It’s great that Shetland music is holding its head up high on a national level.”
Mr Nicholson echoed this sentiment by saying “It shows how vibrant the Shetland scene is.”
The band is already hoping to capitalise on this momentum with a number of shows planned for the rest of the year, including playing at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club Festival’s Sunday night concert.
A second album is in the pipeline and likely to be released before the end of the year.
“Just in time for Christmas,” Mr Wood added.
• Out of the Shadows, produced by Peter Wood and Arthur Nicolson, is available locally