The Mad Ferret Band Biography 2016

Folk Duo, Perth, Scotland

The Mad Ferret Band are a Scottish duo, known on the folk scene for their hard hitting blend of traditional and contemporary Folk music. Their lively, energetic performances are packed with “blisteringly fast Mandolin solos”, tight harmonies, driving Cajon beats and earth-moving Guitar sounds. The influence from both Scottish and Irish folk music has helped shape their unique sound.

The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals.

Based in Perth, Scotland they are an extremely hard working band having played an average of 180 gigs a year across the U.K. and Europe. Since forming in 2012 they have been honing their music by playing the pub and small venue scene. They look to be even busier in 2015, with more festival performances and European tours on the way.

Notable gigs include; Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2014, Northern Roots Festival 2014 & 2015, Montrose Music Festival, Mull Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Concert Hall 2014, multiple European tours in Switzerland.


Their first studio album was released in september 2014 on their own label, Mad Ferret Records. They received a rapturous reception at a full Perth Concert Hall, this was a great platform for the launch of their new album. “… hi-energy mix of traditional and contemporary Folk” – Folk Radio UK

They have also received nation airplay on BBC Radio Scotland as well as many local networks.

In 2012 they released their first album, entitled – A Live Album

“Containing an infectious mix of traditional tunes, emotive ballads and rousing foot stompers” – Heartland FM

In 2015 their calendar is already filling up with festival appearances at Brew At The Bog, Mull Music Fest and various shows including folk clubs, halls and pubs. Including support slots with SKERRYVORE, PEATBOG FEARIES, RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS.


“… hi-energy mix of traditional and contemporary Folk”

– Folk Radio UK


“the best in new roots talent!”

– Bruce Macgregor, BBC Radio Scotland presenter, director of Northern Roots Festival.


“Mad Ferret are the best band on the circuit”

– Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh


“… really enjoyed having them on the show. Easy going guys, unlike their great, foot stompin’ music!”

– Madelaine Cave, East Coast FM.