Folk Duo, Perth, Scotland
The Mad Ferret Band are known on the Scottish music scene for their hard hitting blend of traditional and contemporary folk music. Their lively, energetic performances are packed with “blisteringly fast mandolin solos”, tight vocal harmonies, driving Cajon beats and earth-moving guitar sounds.
They supercharge influences from classic folk acts such as The Corries & The Dubliners, as well as contemporary tunes from composers like Gordon Duncan & Ross Ainsley. This, plus the constant onslaught of touring, provides the inspiration for their original tunes & songs. Yes, most of their songs are about alcohol, so if you don’t like drinking you better like dancing!
The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals.
They are an extremely hard working band performing an average of 180 gigs a year in intimate venues, cavernous concert halls & frantic festivals, both at home and abroad.
Notable gigs include: Live performance on BBC Radio Scotland, Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections, Perth Concert Hall, Northern Roots Festival, Montrose Music Festival, Mull Music Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Oran Mor, DingsDo Festival, Eden Festival, Lindisfarne Festival & multiple European tours.
The Mad Ferret Band have previously been invited to warm up the stage for renowned acts such as Dougie MacLean, Skerryvore, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Mànran & Peatbog Faeries.
Their 1st studio album, A Rare Swally, was released in September 2014 on their own label, Mad Ferret Records Ltd. They launched the album to a packed Perth Concert Hall. The album received critical acclaim from many outlets, namely for its… “hi-energy mix of traditional and contemporary Folk” – Folk Radio UK
A Rare Swally has had airplay on national radio, including BBC Radio Scotland as well as many local networks.
Their 1st CD release was a live album, which they ‘creatively’ titled – A Live Album. “Containing an infectious mix of traditional tunes, emotive ballads and rousing foot stompers” – Heartland FM
Live at Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be released early 2018 – This newest album captures the live and energetic sound which The Mad Ferret Band are renowned for.
“the best in new roots talent!”
– Bruce Macgregor, BBC Radio Scotland presenter, director of Northern Roots Festival.
“Electrifying mandolin solos played at supersonic speed, great guitar work and harmonies”
– Dalgety Bay Folk Club
“Although only two of them – They sound like a full band” – Celtic Music Radio, Celtic Connections
The Mad Ferret Band have developed a strong online presence with a wealth of media their fans actively engage with.
Their website gets over 1000 visitors each month, promoting their music, videos, tour dates, news, merchandise and more.
With over 2350 likes on Facebook, on average their posts organically reach 1400 people with an engagement rate of over 10%. Recent Facebook videos have over 14000 views and they boast a 100% response rate.
Their youtube channel has over 73,000 views and on Spotify they have over 600 monthly listeners.
* Stats from Jan 2018
Spotify: The Mad Ferret Band