b. 22 July 1961, Leicester, England. Having studied graphic design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, Wilson, playing guitar and fiddle, became a full-time musician in 1984. He played a wide variety of folk festivals and clubs, rapidly gaining a name for himself. Coupled with British Council tours of Pakistan and Malaysia, he played extensively in Germany and Europe. Wilson has also toured Scandinavia and the British Isles, with the Lost Nation Band, alongside Sara Grey and Brian Peters (later replaced by Dave Burland). Wilson’s debut release, on Harbourtown, 1988’s The Palm Of Your Hand, was highly acclaimed in the folk music media.
Since the initial impact of his appearance on the folk scene, Wilson has continued with solo performing, session work, and working with his new band, Scam. He also joined Pete Morton (guitar/vocals) and Simon Edwards (accordion/vocals) in Urban Folk, and was a member of the House Band from 1994 to 1998. In the late 90s Wilson teamed up with Martin Carthy and Chris Wood to form the folk ‘supergroup’ Wood Wilson Carthy. His other recent credits include work with Kate Rusby and John Tams, and a collaboration with fidller Emma Reid as the Bezzas.