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.
"… 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
Irie Yo-Yo are a Ska/Reggae band based in Edinburgh. Debuted on the Edinburgh music scene on the 3rd of May 2015 at the Edinburgh food festival and since then they have been gigging non stop at venues such as Mash House, Cabaret Voltaire, Stramash!, The Cowshed, Studio 24, Malone's and various others. During August 2015 and 2016 Irie secured multiple residencies and played over twenty gigs during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Irie consists of seven members: first up on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, James Flynn, who brings the soulful sound of reggae with his captivating vocals and foot stomping guitar hooks; second up on bass, Oliver Sentance giving you those slick, groovey bass lines; then there's the brass section who bring Irie alive! On trumpet is Phil Ramsay, the ska man himself who is no stranger to getting the party bouncing; playing saxophone/vocals is the wonderful Hebe James, bringing you some sweet, mesmerising reggae vibes and harmonies to warm any heart. Then we have the wonderful Paulo Riddle with his famous congas on percussion, giving you that beat fuelled reggae/ska beat. now we can't forget our lovely Ben Trolley on keys giving you that rhythmic sound from his wonderful keyboard and last but not least, in the rear with the gear, is the very talented drummer/vocalist 'Beat Master' Peter Farrugia, bringing the backbone and yet even more feel good vocal harmonies to Irie, a true drumming force of nature. With inspiration from artists such as Desmond Dekker, Max Romeo, The Specials, Manu Chao and Gentleman, Irie Yo-Yo has developed a very full and soulful ska sound. From the 4 part vocal harmonies, to the succulent sound of the brass section this band is right where it needs to be.
So keep an eye out for Irie Yo-Yo in the future and get yourself along for a night you're not going to forget in a hurry! Shabba.
With a new line up and a sound edgier than ever, Safehouse are going from strength to strength. As well as wowing audiences in their native Scotland Safehouse also gig in Europe, where they have a loyal fan base. Although rooted in the Blues, their repertoire covers a mix of original material & carefully chosen covers (Traffic, Tya, Moby Grape, Little Feat, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley etc..), & showcases how they can turn their hands to playing hard hitting Rock, through Blues to full blown Psychedelia!
Event: Mad Ferret, Irie Yo-Yo, Safehouse
Date: Saturday 24th June 2017
Time : 12:00 - 03:00
Tuesday 25th September
Wednesday 26th September
Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2018, The Gorms
Thursday 27th September
Mad Ferret, Bass Rock Ceilidh Band