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 unique style, performing in many venues from pubs to concert halls.

Notable gigs include: Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2014, Northern Roots Festival 2014 & 2015, Montrose Music Festival, Mull Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Oran Mor 2015, 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 national 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

Their newest release will be Live at Perth Concert Hall DVD & CD – Available November 2015.

As well as their constant touring The Mad Ferret Band are back in the studio recording tracks for their 2nd Studio Album, due for release early 2016.

In 2015 their calendar was filled 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 and RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS. Their busy tour schedule continues in 2016 with new venues south of the border, Swiss Tours and summer festival appearances.

“… 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.


“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 2014



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