Welcome to The Mad Ferret Band…

Contemporary Scottish 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.

The Mad Ferret Band supercharge influences from classic folk acts such as The Corries & The Dubliners, as well as modern tunes from composers like Gordon Duncan & Ross Ainsley. Therefore these influences plus the constant onslaught of touring, provides the inspiration for their original tunes & songs. Yes, and many of their songs are about grog, so if you don’t like a tipple you’d better like dancing!

The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals. The collaboration between these two raw musicians has produced many original songs and tunes; including New Dawn, Lassies of Edinburgh Toon and Bruce’s First Mistake. All featured on their previously released Live recordings and albums. They are continually developing their sets due to many a new tune surfacing at a live performance.

The Mad Ferret Band are constantly touring their contemporary folk music around Scotland and Europe. Find them online for 2020 Tour Dates and be sure not to miss their live performance if they’re in the area!

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 Glasgow, DingsDo Festival Lajen, Eden Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Lindisfarne Festival & multiple European tours including Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland & Austria.

The Mad Ferret Band have previously been invited to warm up the stage for renowned acts such as Dougie MacLeanSkerryvoreRed Hot Chilli PipersMànran & Peatbog Faeries.


The Mad Ferret Band have developed a strong online presence with a wealth of media their fans actively engage with.


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