What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
When Lewis Capaldi’s debut single Bruises exploded at the start of 2017 it seemed from an outside perspective to have all the hallmarks of an overnight sensation. How could this 20-year-old with a soul-wrenching voice that sounded like it had been hewn from granite seemingly emerge from nowhere with a song of such emotional depth?
A stripped-back and almost painfully raw meditation on love and loss from a writer who seemed like he’d already lived several lives and had the scars to prove it, within weeks it had racked up an astonishing 15 million Spotify plays and topped streaming charts around the world.
Ernest RamblesDave Rudge is a singer songwriter from Birmingham who learned his craft in the Cornwall music
After meeting a Scottish lass, a few years in Nottingham and roaming round the globe he moved to
He then stole a ready made rhythm section from a struggling covers band on the condition that Martin took up the double bass.
Ernest Rambles was formed.
Martin Bell on the double bass
Sam Lumsden on the drums
Ashley MacKay on vocals
Support comes from OceanCode a four-piece folk-pop band coming together from all across Scotland. Formed in Edinburgh in late 2016, the band features vocalist/guitarist Ruth Gillies from Inverness, bassist Morgan Smith from Aberdeen, guitarist/vocalist Peter Wall from Dumfries and drummer David Burns from Glasgow. Since forming, they have received warm reactions from shows at Sneaky Pete’s, The Mash House, Electric Circus and King Tuts.
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!
Dixie Fried are a 2 piece, up-beat, blues inspired rock band from Central Scotland. They write songs about things we all witness in our own life experiences, from long car journeys to drunken nights to the ‘special’ characters that every town and village have bouncing through every street. However, they do tell each story to a background of Americana inspired rhythmic hypnotic blues music.
The backbeat of each song has a pulse that sings to your soul through Murphy’s drums, then you find yourself lost in music as Lamie’s captivating and alluring guitar style wondering why have you never found Dixie Fried before now ? With inspirations coming from RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, with the more contemporary North Mississippi Allstars and very early Black Keys it is easy to hear their hero’s influence but still capturing the dry yet clever, Scottish wit within the lyrics.
Schiehallion have been around for over 25 years. Founder member and frontman Kenny Jamieson has shared the limelight with various musicians over the years, but would agree that Stuart is the finest accordian player he’s ever had! Gerry joined the band some time ago and adds another dimension to Kenny’s distinctive vocals
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.
Join us for Mad Friday with EZRA playing various styles of music from Rock, Pop, Country, Irish, Scottish, Reggae, Easy Listening from the 50’s through to the present day!
Stick about for our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am!