What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
Yossarian have just come out of the studio after recording their second crowd-funded album and are touring Europe this summer. Their recent appearance at Field Day Festival in London drew critical acclaim for their ‘sky-scraping epic sound’, and the band will be showcasing their music around the UK, Portugal, Spain and Australia to promote their new album “Light up My Head”. A solid fanbase in Madrid has secured them a headline slot at the Frinje Festival in the Spanish capital this July.
In 2013, Yossarian’s loyal fans helped the band to fund and release its first crowd-funded album, ‘The Little We Know’. Their debut album earned praised for its diverse song-writing style, with songs such as the lyrically profound ‘God Gamble’ and rock anthem ‘Arrow part 1’ featured on Spanish television and a feature film. The influence of Pink Floyd and The National bears a mark on their compositions, which becomes evident in singer Ash Spencer’s baritone vocals and the band’s ability to tackle complex themes with richly layered, building melodies.
” Rabbit Punch’s music flits between the riff-friendly classic rock and the more politically charged punk music. There’s even elements of prog – the songs played at the Ironworks showcase changes in speed and time signature – but they’re at their best when they’re angry. They’re one to watch, definitely”
Zetor in the Kailyard
Zetor in the Kailyard are a Perthshire based band. With their diverse instrumententation and lively, energetic performances they are a popular choice for venues up and down the country.
Their music is driven by a passion for Scottish and Irish traditional music and an insatiable curiosity for music from further afield.
The Duo features Roddy Johnston on vocals, guitar, fiddle, pipes and loop pedal, and Kate Badcock on flute, alto sax and backing vocals.
Following a critically acclaimed run with his solo project in January this year, Marco Mendoza of The Dead Daisies is coming back to the UK for another trek round the country beginning in Merthyr Tydfil on Friday 29 April.
Marco is perhaps mostly known for his work with a number of rock bands and artists such as Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Neal Schon and Soul SirkUS, Lynch Mob, as well as diverse
artists such as Dolores O Riordan from the Cranberries.
His line-up will consist of long time drummer Pino Liberti and on guitar is Fabio Cerrone (Eric Martin, Joe Lynn Turner,Blaze Bayley) on guitar.
Marco lives in Los Angeles and when he ́s not touring he can often be found playing local jazz clubs with Joey Heredia and Renato Neto and other great musicians.
Marco will Meet & Greet with everyone after the show, so be sure to stick around
Beth Blade and The Beautiful Disaster (Tour Support)
Beth Blade and The Beautiful Disasters are a Melodic Hard Rock band from Cardiff South Wales. Fronted by Beth Blade, the four piece provide monster riffs, huge choruses and a dose of old school rock and roll attitude.
With aggressive muscle and melodic sensitivity this up and coming band will blow you away.
They are delighted to be joining Marco and his band once again on tour and looking forward to entertaining audiences everywhere.
Accordionist studying from a very young age. Composer, originally from Fort William now resides in Inverness. When not playing you can see him swing a Caman for Glen Urquhart’s Shinty Team.
The Van T’s
The Van T’s are the West of Scotland 4-piece comprised of Chloe Van Thompson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Van Thompson (vocals guitar), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums).
Formed in around 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe, The Van T’s have already enjoyed widespread praise from blogs and radio including Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde. This acclaim has spread outwith the UK with radio plays in France and the US.
Despite their newcomer status, their songs are as revitalised a debut as you could hope for. Rapturous surf-pop with rock swagger balanced by sugar-pop harmonies have won over numerous fans already. With influences ranging from First Aid Kit to Wolf Alice, this quartet are the new smell of teen spirit.
With appearances at T in the Park & Wickerman Festival and a support slot with impresarios Honeyblood, The Van T’s are already set for a bombastic 2015. Their debut EP is out now via Bloc+Music.
‘A cerebral touch’… ‘Their songs were impressively assured’ – The Herald, Live Review
‘Fabulous new music from AmatrArt and a track called souls… a classy sound I think from some young guys, I look forward to hearing some more…’
‘Artists to watch 2015’ – Vic Galloway
‘There is no doubt that the Glasgow quartet remain a representation of the original. However this debut EP establishes them as Orphists in the indie electronica scene’ – Scottish Fiction
Fraser Maclean and Erik Spence along with a range of guests host the longest running ceilidh in Scotland every Saturday from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at Hoots!
Hò-rò: A phrase used as a movement in playing music before the development of written music; a form of “canntaireachd”.
A young group incorporating new, innovative ideas from our own unique experiences and influences from our very own, cultural Scottish Trad music. Although the foundations of their music are to their national roots, they bring many styles and genres of music into their band: traditional Gaelic songs, their own material, Scottish tunes and they may even surprise you with a few tracks that you may recognize!
They Drove by Night
Channelling equal parts Texas blues, Muscle Shoals soul and high-octane rock & roll, these players have been heard from Viking Shetland to Roman Bristol and hundreds of barrooms in between. With a singer whose voice has been described by legendary songwriter/ producer Karel Fialka as “the essence of the blues”, a three piece brass section, standout lead guitar and a seriously funky rhythm section, this eight-piece brings the gospel of north coast music to the Deep South. Wherever that may be. Hear them at full throttle live or on Soundcloud!
If their name doesn’t make it clear enough, Fort Hope want to be a force for good. They want their music to be a powerful source of positivity. And yes, they want to inspire a sense of hope in everyone who listens to them. That’s been their mission since forming in 2013. In that short amount of time, the Hertfordshire-based trio – Jon Gaskin (vocals, guitar and piano), Jamie Nicholls (drums) and Simon Rowlands (bass) – have toured with Mallory Knox, Moose Blood, My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero and Jimmy Eat World, were nominated for ‘Best British Newcomer’ at last year’s Relentless Kerrang! Awards and played the Pit Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival. Previous single ‘Plans’ was also Radio 1’s ‘Track Of The Day.’
The three of them have been playing together for over a decade, but with Fort Hope, their drive is now more focused than ever before. That’s clear from listening to their heart-wrenching, highly emotive music, which strives to break boundaries and straddle genres. As such, Fort Hope are incredibly versatile songwriters – they take each track one at a time, and so their songs can be anthemic, they can be heavy and they can be fragile and graceful.
“We look at everything we’ve got,” explains Gaskin, “we just get stuck into each track to try to make it as beautiful as we can without concerning ourselves with what other people think. We love the contrast because it shows the different levels of the band.”
“When you work on one song at a time,” says Nicholls, “you want to better the last song you did, whereas if you’re working on a group of songs they all become very similar.”
“We realized how important it was to do that for the respect you need to give each song,” finishes Rowlands. “Each song takes us back to the exact moment and time and the exact feeling we had when we were standing around working out and writing it. And that’s really special to us.”
While each song is specific to a moment and has its own distinct sound, Fort Hope’s songs are bound by that all-important desire to inspire people with a positive attitude. That’s something which makes their songs so much more than just, well, songs.
“For us,” says Gaskin, “it’s just about us being able to do music with each other. And not to be creepy, but we want to do that forever, until we’re dead. Our music gets us out of feeling down, and we hope that it can have that effect on other people. That’s why we want that positivity to come through in our music – the main reason for us writing songs is the hope that it can actually help people.”
“And you can see it at our live shows, too,” says Rowlands, “when the whole room is singing songs back to you. You can see the effect it has on people.”
“It breaks your heart when that happens,” says Nicholls. “It breaks your heart and blows your mind.”
Sandra MacBeth is a wild highlander based in Edinburgh who has clocked up the music miles sharing the stage with such acts as Pink, KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Eddi Reader, Horse, swapped guitars with Mumford and sons, and most recently performing at the Usher Hall for his Holiness the Dalai Lama.
With an organic rootsy style, honest and rich vocals and a heavy acoustic Guitar style, Sandra wrangles with life and musically gravitates to the obscure; her songs are autobiographical, observational and sometimes tongue-in-cheek.
Hailing from the small village of Glenelg in the Scottish Highlands, MacBeth has been performing from the age of ten, whether singing, playing guitar or bagpipes, which was her first instrument and second great love after her guitar. Sandra’s early career saw her in numerous bands both more traditional and rootsy, she regularly performed on stages small and large throughout the whirlwind of her twenties.