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Peter Wood.

A PROJECT inspired by Shetland accordionist Peter Wood which brought together people during lockdown through music has won a national award.

Tunes in the Hoose won the community music project of the year prize at the 2020 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

It is an online community which was created to allow Scottish musicians to keep playing together during the pandemic.

It grew rapidly, with musicians across the world getting on board.

The project was inspired by daily videos Wood took of himself playing accordion when lockdown started earlier this year – with his clips going for 150 days straight.

“Martin MacLeod, an old friend, got in touch and the Tunes in the Hoose collaboration project started and developed from there,” he said.

“My involvement is on the playing side and arranging big band sets for everyone to collaborate on.

“Martin MacLeod and Martin MacLeod Jr, a professional film maker, do the business and tech side which is a mighty job.”

Wood, meanwhile, was nominated in the musician of the year category but the award went to Tim Edey.

It is a busy time for the Hoswick-based musician and tutor, who has released his latest album Stepping Up.

Completing his dance band are guitarist Arthur Nicholson, fiddler Andy Kain and drummer Graham Jamieson.

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