Duncan Wood was born in Banff
on the 18th August, 1955, and raised in Cullen. The son of
a fisherman, he followed in the footsteps of his great-uncle,
Bob Wood, when he took up the fiddle and taught himself to
play in his early 'teens.
Though he did not know it until later on in life, his grandfather's
sister was Jessie Murray, a singer of great repute and one
of the sizeable company of singers who contributed to Hamish
Henderson's famous collection in the early 1950's, songs that
are now a part of the vast collection held by The School of
Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Duncan left his home town as a young man to pursue a career
in traditional music. He travelled south to Eastbourne where
he met up with a band of like-minded musicians who performed
Scottish and English folk music around the south of England
before heading for Norway where he continued to develop his
career in the folk band Vandrene, playing throughout Norway
and touring extensively in mainland Europe and the USA.