Fiddle, Drums, Bass, Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, and Clarinet
Scott's love of fiddling has been passed down through six generations. He studied classical violin from age four and plays several instruments: drums, bass, piano, guitar, saxophone and clarinet. Scott is a multiple winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Contest, the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships and a Canadian Fiddle Entertainer of the Year. Scott's famous trick fiddling routine where he turns somersaults and walks on a barrel while playing his fiddle has earned him the nickname "the Flippin' Fiddler" and three consecutive Canadian Novelty Fiddle Championship titles. For seven years Scott was the musical director of Memories of Don Messer's Jubilee, which toured extensively in Canada. Scott lives in Fergus, Ontario, enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and travelling with his Airstream trailer.
Fiddle, Clarinet, Saxophone, Accordion, and Vocals
Kendra studied classical violin and piano from age 8. She is a multiple winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Competition in the 19-45 Class & 3 time winner of the Canadian Open Duet Fiddling Class with her brother Scott. She teaches private violin and piano lessons at her home in Waterloo, ON. A Music Education graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University & the University of Western Ontario, Kendra teaches music in elementary school. She has a gift for writing harmony and arranging. Kendra & her husband Joel enjoy travelling with their Airstream trailer.
Wes has been playing drums for the past 8 years. Coming from a musical family, drumming comes naturally as his Dad plays drums as did his late great-Uncle. As a graduate of the music program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Wes had the opportunity to play a wide variety of genres including big band swing with the WLU Jazz band and classical orchestral literature with the WLU Orchestra. When he is not busy on the family farm, Wes can often be seen playing with the Pierce Family Band performing traditional country music. Wes lives in Strathroy, Ontario.
Step Dance, Drums, Bass, and Fiddle
Kyle started step dancing at the age of three at his mothers dance studio, Judys School of Dance in Stratford, ON. Since then, Kyle has become an accomplished step dancer with over 50 first place finishes to date including the Canadian Open Championships (x2) and the prestigious Pembroke Championships (x2). Kyle has been a member of the step dance group Powerhouse as well; who are four-time Canadian Open Group Step Dancing Champions. He is also the 2013 Canadian Open Clogging Champion. Kyle has performed extensively across North America as well as in France with Belgium/Scottish group Hot Spoons. Kyle lives in Stratford, ON.
Born in Toronto, Steve started playing guitar at age 11. When he was 15, he purchased his Fender Telecaster guitar and since then he has performed professionally with that specific guitar. Subsequently, he has toured, recorded and performed Guitar Clinics all across North America and Europe with many top Country Acts who utilize him for his distinctive Tele Sound. He is a multiple winner of the CCMAs Guitar Player of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year and along with his own band South Mountain, won the Vista Rising Star Award.
This is Patrick’s first tour with the Scott Woods Band. He started step dancing at age five with Judy’s School of Dance in Stratford, ON. Studying under Canadian Open Step Dance Champion Kyle Waymouth, Patrick has been the Southwestern Ontario 18 & Under Step Dance Champion and the Open Group Champion as a member of “Fully Charged”. Patrick also plays guitar, bass, cajon, drums and sings. Patrick is sixteen years old hails from Mitchell, ON.
Piano, Organ, and Keyboard
Started playing piano at age four. Studied classical piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Plays organ and keyboard at St. Andrew's Church, Fergus. Began chording for old time fiddle music at age eight. Carolyn joined the Merv Woods Orchestra in 1956. Over the years she accompanied many great fiddlers as house pianist at fiddle and step dance contests, including the Canadian Open in Shelburne, Ontario. She toured across Canada for eight years as pianist with Memories of Don Messer’s Jubilee. Carolyn has also travelled the world helping others - her mission trips have included Haiti, Kenya and Nicaraugua. Carolyn loves to travel with her Airstream trailer, she lives in Fergus, Ontario.
Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin
Singing and performing since the age of five. Nadine studied classical piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She has performed for many years at a variety of events and with several dance bands. Retired from the Nursing profession, Nadine & her husband Gary have been avid fans of Bluegrass music for the past several years. Nadine plays guitar and sings lead & harmony vocals. She also plays the mandolin. Nadine recently started a new business in landscape design. Gary & Nadine live just outside Fergus, ON and enjoy travelling with their Airstream trailer.
Upright Bass and Vocals
Gary started playing piano at age seven but soon moved on to the accordion. At age twelve he was playing tenor banjo in a band with his brother. He started playing electric bass in 1964 in a band called The Centurions. Gary has played bass with many bands over the years but with a renewed interest in Bluegrass music, he has also taken up the five-string banjo. Gary owned & operated his own business in Fergus, ON for many years & has recently retired. Gary and his wife Nadine love to ride their Harley Davidson motorcycles & have travelled extensively across North America on them.
Fiddle, Step Dancing, and Vocals
Amanda has been entertaining since age 4 & has toured with Scott & the band several times since age 9. Amanda received multiple awards for dancing & fiddle at competitions across Ontario & was a double winner at the 2010 Maritime Fiddle Festival in Nova Scotia. When not competing or touring, Amanda performs for charity events & showcases including: the International Plowing Match, Shelburne Fiddle Championship Shows & Walt Disney World in Florida with Judys School of Dance. Amanda enjoys barrel racing & looking after her horses. She is 14 years old & lives in Dundalk, ON.
Bruce started playing guitar at age ten and specializes in Celtic, Jazz and Contemporary styles. His instrumental prowess and versatility have made him one of the most respected guitar players in the Maritimes today. Besides his extensive recording-studio experience, Bruce has worked with many live touring & theatre shows including Cape Bretons Greatest Hits, the John Allen Cameron Show, Memories of Don Messers Jubilee, Christmas Daddies and the Cottars. He is an East Coast Music Award winner. Originally from Big Bras D or, Cape Breton Island, Bruce and his wife Yvonne now live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Guitar and Vocals
Tom was born in New Waterford, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. His mother, a professional pianist and fiddler encouraged him to sing and learn guitar. During his early teenage years, he had lead roles in theatre productions such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell". He performed with local pop/rock bands and worked in the coal mines of Cape Breton for 16 years. Tom became a body builder and a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. For over a decade, Tom played the part of Charlie Chamberlain in Memories of Don Messers Jubilee. His captivating voice, with its crystal clear tones, rich in harmonics and secure in its upper range has earned him a reputation of being one of Nova Scotias vinest vocalists.
Drums, Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin
Ben began his musical career playing fiddle at age 3. Along with his Mother (Kendra), Ben was awarded Most Entertaining Fiddler at the 1993 Canadian Open Fiddle Contest in Shelburne, Ontario - he was five years old. Ben is now 23 and is in fourth year (co-op program), studying science at the University of Waterloo.