What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
The Black Feathers are an award winning duo from Gloucestershire in England.
The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre-defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go.
They have performed at festivals all over the country, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, Stroud Folk Festival, and Maverick. They were awarded the 5 Valleys Folk Award in September of 2013, and the Folkstock Arts Foundation award for Best Live Performance in February the following year.
In May of 2014, they embarked on a 7 week tour in the US, including shows at Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Red Clay Theatre, and a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
2014 also saw the release of Strangers We Meet, the duo’s debut 5 track EP, garnering national airplay on BBC Radio2, as well as regional play across the country and warm reviews from the music press, including The Telegraph, fRoots Magazine, and Acoustic Magazine.
Support comes from Willie & Tabs MacAskill.
Willie Campbell was the frontman of Glasgow indie rockers Astrid, foot soldier with The Reindeer Section and a man around the bars of the city in the late 1990’s. When the lifestyle and business of music got too much Willie retreated to the place he had once been glad to escape and sought refuge and solace on his native Lewis.
At Hootananny on Thursday December 3rd Willie Campbell will perform a selection of popular covers and his own material.
Schiltrum, namely Gib and Gus, have been quoted as being one of the most strongly committed and diligent hard working Scottish Folk Duo’s of the decade who offer mellifluous performances to their audiences across the globe.
Gibby is the songwriter for the duo and he plays Highland bagpipes, guitar, Scottish smallpipes, electronic bagpipes, bluegrass banjo, bodhran, whistle, harmonica and mandolin. Added to this, they have a vast library of stories, jokes and poems from near and far.
Schiltrum regularly perform at Burns nights, St Patrick’s Day celebrations, St Andrews nights, folk clubs, folk festivals, charity events, clan gatherings, battle commemorations, weddings, social clubs, pubs and annual events. They have performed in USA, Canada, Singapore, Trinidad, Middle East, Greece, Germany, Holland and Ireland.
Mad Hatters presents another packed BREAKING BANDS night on Friday December 4th featuring:
Brawlers was an itch we all felt we had to scratch. We’re best friends first and foremost, and we’ve played in bands forever (Castrovalva, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Leftover Crack) but never with each other. We got drunk one night in Leeds and came up with the idea that we should start a band but rather than say ‘we want to sound like so and so’, we wanted to do something fresh, sing about how stupid/rad stuff is on the internet (check the song Instagram Famous) and be a bit dangerous.” says Harry George Johns, the band’s vocalist.
Scottish Alternative Music Awards – Best Live Act (2014)
Must see live band making their debut at Mad Hatters!
Rare solo show from the frontman of The Broken Ravens
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Official Cup Final Song writer, Youtuber, Person. Musician.
FREE ENTRY following The Comedy Bothy from 8 pm – 10 pm.
Stick about for our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am!
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!
Hailing from the deepest, darkest most northerly point of the UK, Neon Waltz have already been signed by Atlantic Records and named as one of the finest new British bands of 2015 by the likes of Q, NME (“Scotland’s coolest new gang”) and Shortlist to name a few. Also recently nominated for Best Live Act 2015 by SAMAs. Things are starting off very well for this six-piece – and this is just the beginning…
Neon Waltz are Jordan Shearer (Vocals), Darren Coghill (Drums), Kevin Swanson (Guitar), Jamie Swanson (Guitar), Calvin Wilson (Bass), Liam Whittles (Keyboard)
Support from Lawless and The Leash.
This show is SOLD OUT.
URANG MATANG A four piece ska/reggae/experimental band from the Lothians & Borders, Scotland.
The band have played a number of top festivals north and south of the border with the highlight so far being Folkestone Skabour Fest. (Big Up! John Sims and the Skabour Crew) not to mention support some of the best ska/reggae bands out there. including The Selecter in Dundee, Bad Manners in Edinburgh, The Skatalites and Toots & The Maytals in Glasgow
Kagoule have announced their first full UK headline tour for November/December this year. Nottingham’s notorious live performers will embark on a 18 date tour of the UK giving fans the chance to experience tracks from the critically acclaimed debut album “Urth” which charted at #8 in the Official UK Album Vinyl Charts and was joyously received by both fans and the press including rave reviews in MOJO, Clash, NME, Kerrang!, DiS and RockSound plus an honourable inclusion in the Rough Trade Album Club.
Prior to the UK headline tour, the highly rated three piece will also be heading across the Atlantic for a couple of NYC gigs before taking their unmistakable Alt-Rock sound around mainland Europe including a host of dates supporting Sub Pop Grungers METZ.
Founded in 1979, North Sea Gas have been performing their own brand of Scottish music all over the world ever since.
18 albums, literally 1000s of venues, more miles than anyone wants to think about, and a lot of fun and music.
Their most recent album, The Fire and The Passion of Scotland, won the 2013 Album of the Year Award on Celtic Radio in Boston (USA) and the set of tunes from the same album won first place in the Jigs and Reels category.