Mark, born and raised in Gisborne on the east coast of the Nth Island of New Zealand.
He began playing gigs in bars at the age of 16 years old around this small coastal city. Live music would eventually take him all around the north island until the age of 22, playing in various solo, duo and 2-5 piece line-ups.
His style was infused with elements of reggae, rock and rootsy pop, which were popular at the time in NZ.
After moving north and playing gigs in the local circuit of the university city of Hamilton, he was approached to play on Rangali Island in the Maldives. He played 3 stints over an 18 month period at the Hilton resort, performing for Sir Paul McCartney at their NYE Celebration. After that he moved to London to further explore his craft. Hilton Park Lane (Windows Bar and the Bistro) being one of his regular gigs! He ended up in Sydney Australia…playing as resident musician at “Table for 20”, from it’s beginning in 2006 to its closure in Dec 2014. Since he has been a regular fixture at “The Manly Wharf Hotel” and “Remy & Co Pasta Bar” to name a few.

He has recently just returned from another contract in the Maldives performing at the prestigious “One & Only Reethi Rah, where he got a once and a lifetime opportunity to perform a few numbers with Robin Thicke. His style is very adaptive and he is known for taking songs old and new, and making them his own. The sound is somewhere between the funky acoustic stylings of Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson but goes everywhere around and in between, all the while staying true to Ferris’s own unique style. The loop pedal has become a big part of his live performances, enabling him to suit many different audiences, venues and events from laid back and beachy acoustic sets to upbeat dancy numbers.

Sample Song List –

THE WEEKEND –
STARBOY
I FEEL IT COMING

TOM PETTY –
FREE FALLING
MARY JANES LAST DANCE
LEARNING TO FLY
WON’T BACK DOWN

CROWDED HOUSE –
WEATHER WITH YOU
FALL AT YOUR FEET
SOMETHING SO STRONG
NOW WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE
DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER
SISTER MADLY
BETTER BE HOME SOON
PRIVATE UNIVERSE
WORLD WHERE YOU LIVE
PINEAPPLE HEAD
IT’S ONLY NATURAL

FAT FREDDY’S DROP –
WANDERING EYE
BLACKBIRD
HOPE
ROADY
MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS
KAYS CRAYS

BOB MARLEY –
STIR IT UP
THREE LITTLE BIRDS
COULD THIS BE LOVE
REDEMPTION SONG
WAITING IN VAIN
JAMMIN
NO WOMAN NO CRY

ED SHEERAN –
SING
DON’T
SHAPE OF YOU
THINKING OUT LOUD
GIVE ME LOVE
A TEAM
CASTLE ON THE HILL
YOU NEED ME
ONE
PHOTOGRAPH
I SEE FIRE
DRAGON
YOUNG YEARS
RAIN
APRIL SUN
ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH

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