One of Prince Edward Island's top fiddlers and stepdancers, Richard Wood has won numerous competitions, including the Don Messer Memorial Trophy (for top maritime fiddler), which he won twice. In 1998, he was named Best Instrumental Artist and Best Roots/Traditional Artist at the East Coast Music Awards in Halifax. A critic for the Shetland Times claimed that Wood was "the best, or more precisely, the most entertaining fiddler I have ever seen," while the Scotsman declared that he was a "bow-shredding fiddling sensation." In addition to his own thriving career as a soloist, Wood has added his distinctive fiddling to a variety of outside projects. He performed with the Nova Scotia Symphony in Halifax and recorded with Rita MacNeil and Friends. His many appearances with country-pop singer Shania Twain have included performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Good Morning America. Wood's most publicized performance came when he was chosen to accompany Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and a Team Canada trade delegation to Japan. In addition to performing for the emperor, prince, and prime minister of Japan, he performed a show for an audience of more than 1,000 Asian promoters and talent buyers. A book with 60 of Wood's original compositions, The Richard Wood Collection, Vol. 1, was published in 1999.
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