What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

Dec
7
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music session @ Hootananny
Dec 7 @ 9:30 pm

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Every Sunday – Wednesday the best Scottish Traditional musicians from the local area and sometimes further afield play around our round table!

Ideal for anyone wanting to witness live Scottish Traditional music!

Dec
8
Thu
Davy Cowan @ Hootananny
Dec 8 @ 9:30 pm

Davy Cowan’s songs encapsulate the essence of many of the stories and situations that have inspired him over the years: people, places, old memories, faces; journeys on trains, ferries, planes – and a clapped out converted Ford Transit minibus.

The red morning sky; thunder clouds over the Cromarty Firth & her rusting meccano set oil rigs, casting their menacing shadows across the shores beneath them.

In the early 90’s Davy was one of the founder members of Scottish Celtic Rock Band COINNEACH.

With three critically acclaimed studio albums [Life In A Scottish Greenhouse, Ice Trees & Lullabies & Protected?] and many tours and festivals at home and abroad, COINNEACH built up a solid fan base. – And in the process earned themselves the reputation as one of the best Celtic Rock bands on the circuit.

2005 saw the release of Davy’s debut solo album “Fragile People” which showed an unpretentious and straight to the point approach to his song writing. His album “The Journey” followed in 2011 & in 2013 “Working Man’s Dream” hit the streets to great critical acclaim.

Dec
9
Fri
Beyond Presents Neon Waltz @ Hootananny
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


John O’Groats alternative six-piece Neon Waltz emerged a couple of years ago but have been really flying over the last eighteen months. Regularly touted as ‘Ones to Watch’ in the media last year, they, played a slew of festivals been special guests with Noel Gallagher, and this year has seen them pack out Scottish venues and tour the UK in support of The Coral. Neon Waltz have a classic indie sound, cultivated from a unique perspective in the very north of Scotland.
Stick around afterwards for our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am!

North Sea Gas @ Hootananny
Dec 9 @ 9:30 pm

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.

Dec
10
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Fraser & Erik @ Hootananny
Dec 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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!

North Sea Gas @ Hootananny
Dec 10 @ 9:30 pm

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.

Dec
11
Sun
Acoustic Sunday @ Hootananny
Dec 11 @ 9:30 pm

Acoustic Sunday showcases acoustic performers from the Highlands and beyond, this month we are proud to bring to the stage 3 fantastic performers based within the Inverness area:



Liza Mullholland
Born and brought up in Inverness, Liza has been involved in folk music for many years. Although classically trained in piano, her family background of a big Glasgow-Irish clan of musicians and singers on her father’s side, and the Gaelic song tradition of her mother’s Isle of Lewis heritage, inevitably meant a strong pull towards the folk scene.

After graduating from Glasgow University, Liza played in some of the city’s piano bars, toured Britain, Ireland and France in the early 1990s with folk/country band, CirMhor, including supporting American comedian, the late Bill Hicks, on his British tour, and went on to work with many diverse musicians. Playing with the Deaf Heights Cajun Aces, fiddler Bruce MacGregor, Gaelic singers Fiona MacKenzie and Brian O h Eadhra, cellist Christine Hanson, the Peyote Family, Davy Cowan And The Stormchasers, Andy Gunn’s blues band and others, she has also played on many albums, and her tunes and songs have been recorded by Bruce MacGregor and own indie-folk band, Dorec-a-belle.

On her first solo album of original songs and tunes, Fine ‘n’ Rosy, Liza brings together some top players, including cousin, Rua Macmillan, winner of Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of the Year 2009, Alasdair Taylor of the Trad Folk Award-winning band, The Elephant Sessions, Robin Abbot of The Mystic Shoes and Dave Martin of The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh. This intimate album comprises reflective ballads and uptempo songs with catchy choruses, complemented by rollicking trad-style tunes and dreamy instrumentals. All are self-penned except the Gaelic classic, Mi Le M’ Uilinn, composed by her great uncle, Murdo MacFarlane, the Melbost Bard.



Coca Tenorio
Coca grew up in the remote coastal villages of Esmeraldas. A region of Ecuador known for its strong Afro-Ecuadorian culture & musical heritage. She now lives in Scotland and returned to Ecuador in 2009 to record her debut album “Todo Transito”, with musicians based in the Andes of Ecuador. Todo Transito was recorded at a number of studios at Salo Audio Quito and Horeb Musica Cayambe and mixed and mastered at Watercolour music studio, Scotland.

Coca has been guest musician on BBC Radio Scotland’s – Global Gathering and Highland Cafe programmes and is currently playing at small gigs in Scotland.

Beyond the mic, Coca is a fashion designer in her own right and continues to develop her clothes label – Coca Couture.



Lauren Mackenzie
Lauren Mackenzie is a Scottish pop folk singer originally from Inverness. Lauren’s passion for music has seen her perform with bands in the area over the years, with highlights including high profile slots at Festivals such as Belladrum and Rockness before going on to study music in Glasgow. As a self taught guitarist and vocalist Lauren is now writing and performing solo, with an aim to have an EP released by the end of the year.

Dec
12
Mon
Scottish Traditional Music session @ Hootananny
Dec 12 @ 9:30 pm

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Every Sunday – Wednesday the best Scottish Traditional musicians from the local area and sometimes further afield play around our round table!

Ideal for anyone wanting to witness live Scottish Traditional music!

Dec
13
Tue
Scottish Traditional Music session @ Hootananny
Dec 13 @ 9:30 pm

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Every Sunday – Wednesday the best Scottish Traditional musicians from the local area and sometimes further afield play around our round table!

Ideal for anyone wanting to witness live Scottish Traditional music!

Dec
14
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music session @ Hootananny
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm

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Every Sunday – Wednesday the best Scottish Traditional musicians from the local area and sometimes further afield play around our round table!

Ideal for anyone wanting to witness live Scottish Traditional music!

Dec
16
Fri
Root System / Fighting Caravans @ Hootananny
Dec 16 @ 9:30 pm

Root System are a four piece ska/punk band made up of three brothers Kev Fek ( vocals) Ronnie (guitar/voclas) Handsome Dan (bass) and close pal Ryan (Drummer). ROOT SYSTEM have been on the go for around 7 years now and have gigged up and down the country including the likes of Brixton, Glasgow, Inverness, Elgin, Edinburgh, the list goes on. They have also played at a few festivals including Rockness, Wickerman a number of times, Wizard Festival, Tartan Heart, Loch Lomond always getting the crowd going. They have also played with a number of times with ska legends such at Neville Staple, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Selecter..

 

FIGHTING CARAVANS ‘A tacky disco meets a Last-mile wake’…Fighting Caravans is an alternative-rock quintet from Leeds. Taking influences from early American Blues and more contemporary Rock music, the group delivers bold social commentaries akin to sounds of Nick Cave (Grinderman), QOTSA and Radiohead, with subtle Country, Jazz and Psychedelic overtones.

The Mad Ferret Band @ Hootananny
Dec 16 @ 9:30 pm

Mad Ferret

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.

Notable gigs include; Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2014, Northern Roots Festival 2014 & 2015, Montrose Music Festival, Mull Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Concert Hall 2014, multiple European tours in Switzerland.

Dec
17
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Fraser & Erik @ Hootananny
Dec 17 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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!

Caman @ Hootananny
Dec 17 @ 9:30 pm

Caman were formed in 2012 by Davy Holt & Stuart MacKintosh playing ceilidh and shinty music makes for a lively night!

Dec
18
Sun
Andrew Mill and Four Fingered Fre @ Hootananny
Dec 18 @ 9:30 pm

Introducing: Andrew Mill & Four Fingered Fre …Scottish folk guitarist, percussionist and songwriter, with background in 90s techno, hard UK jungle, gangster hip-hop, and Texas honky-tonk, meets incredible Flemish whistle player, steeped in Celtic folk tunes, 70s disco, and Balkan fanfare! What will happen now? …you’re soon to find out!?

The guys are just back from their summer tour to Belgium, where they recorded their demo, wrote an album, played 4 of the summer festivals (Boombal, Ham, Zelegem and Komen), and performed concerts at many other venues, including the legendary T’Ey!

They are in Scotland for the Winter, where they will develop their sound for their upcoming album, and prepare for the next year’s touring, including trips to Jamaica, North America, Europe and the UK. Keep your eye on their site for details.

www.andrew-fre.com

Dec
19
Mon
Scottish Traditional Music session @ Hootananny
Dec 19 @ 9:30 pm

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Every Sunday – Wednesday the best Scottish Traditional musicians from the local area and sometimes further afield play around our round table!

Ideal for anyone wanting to witness live Scottish Traditional music!