In early 2000, I upgraded the recording studio to a digital format called "PARIS"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

During the early 2000's, Richard Wood played a lot with "The Chieftains" (including Carnegie Hall!), and later in a fiddle extravaganza called "Bowfire". 

We did a few Canadian tours and festivals with Brad Fremlin, two Canadian tours (British Columbia & Yukon, and Ontario) with the lovely Megan Bergeron on keys, and a show in North Carolina with Kimberley Holmes.

 

 


 

In 2002, a fearless 16 year old Cynthia MacLeod came to the Guernsey Cove studio and recorded her debut album. 

 

 

It won PEI Music Awards "Album of the Year".

We first played live together on Canada Day in Charlottetown that year, then played at her ECMA showcases in Halifax and Newfoundland, and toured as a duo to British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and the New England States through to 2007.

 

 

Her career continues to evolve, and I love to perform with her whenever the opportunity arises.

Joined by storytelling humorist Nils Ling, we have done a show called "The Truth About Christmas" on PEI and across Canada.

 


 

 

2003  

"Patch" 25 year reunion show

Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

 

 

 


 

A studio highlight was recording the anthem for the Special Olympics Winter Games which took place in Charlottetown in 2004.  The recording used a total of 76 instrumental and vocal tracks to produce.

"Just Watch Me / Je m'envole" (composed by Gordon Belsher with French lyrics by Réal Pelletier) featured vocals by Savannah Belsher and Réal Pelletier, with major contributions from Richard Wood on fiddle, Brad Fremlin on percussion, and Timothy Cummings on the highland bagpipes.  The song was performed at the opening gala which was broadcast live on the TSN TV channel.


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A 2006 highlight was forming a quirky eclectic trio called "Saxafras" with daughter Savannah, and future son inlaw Todd MacLean

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We perfomed over two summer seasons and recorded a great CD, my favourite that has come out of the recording studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in 2006, I was part of

"Celtic Blaze", a production at the Confederation Centre of the Arts

in Charlottetown starring jaw-dropping fiddler/step-dancer

Stephanie Cadman.

 

left to right, Chas Guay - bass, Kyla Cook - dancer, Gordon Belsher - guitar, Stephanie Cadman, Kirk White - drums, Brad Fremlin - keys, Juliette Roberts - dancer

 

 

 


Recording at Doug Riley's house in Little Pond, PEI

 

The last recording made by Canada's "Dr. Music" before his death in 2007, along with his pals Danny 'B' and Bernie Labarge. 

"You Can't Make Peace" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

"Believing in Anne" project in 2008 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first publication of "Anne of Green Gables".  Featuring favourite tunes from the stage musicals "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne & Gilbert", along with new original tunes by 5 of the Island's best composers.

 

 

 


 

2009 Tribute to the late director of the College of Piping in Summerside.  Double CD featuring one disc of previously unreleased solo piping, plus a compilation of a lifetime of achievement and artistry. (Winner of 2010 Music PEI Award)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

"Woodford Folk Festival" Australia! 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013 MUSIC PEI Awards

 

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Gordon Belsher's song "Cradle of Canada" one of 10 finalists in the

"PEI Sesquicentennial Songsearch"

 


 

2014 MUSIC PEI "Lifetime Achievement" Award"

 

Gordon Belsher 2014 Artistic Director

PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls

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Tønder Festival in Denmark 2014

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"The Truth About Christmas"

2014 Alberta tour

with Nils Ling & Cynthia MacLeod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

From 2008 to 2019, Richard Wood & I have performed and toured regularly as a duo, in PEI, across Canada, the New England States, North Carolina and Florida, the UK (England, Scotland, Wales), Ireland, Belgium, and Australia.nid%3D640%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3Dpopup

 

 

"They make some wicked music together, the kind that keeps the kitchen party goin' all night"

 - Doug Gallant, Charlottetown Guardian

 

 

Belgium

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey Road revisited 47 years later! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Richard Wood Trio

"World Class Kitchen Party"

Stanley Bridge, PEI

2011 to present