Based in Bristol, England, Skin The Peeler were formed in the late 70s by mandolin player Terry Barter and saxophonist Rod Salter. The band operated during 1984 as an excellent jazz rock, Celtic slanted unit. Apart from Barter and Salter other members over the years have included Martin Palfrey (keyboards), Pat Hunter, Mike Edwards, Mike Pryor (bass), Neil Russell (drums), Liam ‘Willy’ Henshaw (guitar), Tony Hayes (drums), Martin Cleverly, (drums) Rose Hull (cello), Gerald Davis (guitar), Jason Gaines (percussion), Richard Ireland (bass), Myke Vince (drums), and Brendan Whitmore (saxophone, flute, harmonica).
During the 80s and early 90s, Skin The Peeler played all the major festivals, art centres and folk clubs around the UK. Their esoteric World Dance album contains influences from Eire, Africa, and Java, among others.
Skin The Peeler disbanded in 1994 and reformed for a one-off reunion concert two years later. All their albums were later reissued by the Skindependant label. Later in he 90s, Barter and Hull formed Peeler Small Quartet.