Mad Hatters Events

The Filthy Tongues @ Hootananny
Sep 30 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 1 @ 3:00 am

For those uninitiated in the ways of the Tongues, here’s a brief crash course in their intriguing history

The core members of the band – Martin Metcalfe on vocals and guitar, Derek Kelly on drums and Fin Wilson on bass guitar – have been making music together since the 80’s.

In a colourful career they’ve worked and toured with Blondie, The Ramones, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Vic Chesnutt, New York Dolls, Big Audio Dynamite, Aztec Camera and many more.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s Goodbye Mr MacKenzie were on the cusp of big things in the UK and Europe before record company wrangles, and a shift in direction, saw them morph into Angelfish, tour the States extensively and bring the singing talents of Shirley Manson to the fore.

With Manson then moving on and going global with Garbage, Metcalfe & Co returned to the UK and recorded further albums in their former guise before forming Isa & The Filthy Tongues, releasing another two fine bodies of stark and enthralling work, Addiction and Dark Passenger, both of which received five star reviews.

The band also wrote music for Richard Jobson’s film New Town Killers and their track Big Star featured on the soundtrack to David MacKenzie’s Hollywood film Spread.

Over the years critics have recognised The Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Nick Cave and Scott Walker influences, and other plumbers of the murky musical depths, but the style of this ever evolving band remains strikingly and individually their own.

This could well be their finest material yet . . .

Irie Yo-Yo @ Hootananny
Oct 1 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 2 @ 3:00 am

Irie Yo-Yo are a Ska/Reggae band from Edinburgh. They debuted on the Edinburgh music scene in 2015 at the Edinburgh food festival and since then they have appeared at venues such as Mash House, Cabaret Voltaire, Stramash and many more. In August 2015 Irie secured multiple residencies and played numerous gigs during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

With inspiration from artists such as Desmond Dekker, Max Romeo, The Specials, Manu Chao and Gentleman, Irie Yo-Yo has developed a very full and soulful ska sound. From the 4 part vocal harmonies, to the succulent sound of the brass section this band is right where it needs to be.

DF Concerts & TwentyTen Present PHORIA @ Hootananny
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
James Brown is Annie @ Hootananny
Oct 7 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 3:00 am

A six-piece Scottish funk band, Alan Gorrie of the Average White Band calls them ‘The Tartan Special of Funk’.

The band writes and performs original material influenced by the likes of Steely Dan, Little Feat and Average White Band.
Formed in 2010 by Edinburgh-based journalist, Barry Gordon, the band’s name comes from an Eddie Murphy sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Rehearsals used to take place next to a sex shop, but they now practice in a former timber-mill that once stored government files.

In 2014, JBiA were awarded funding by Creative Scotland to record its debut album with living funk legend, Average White Band’s Molly Duncan, who both produced and played on the album. Average White Band’s Alan Gorrie also wrote a song, exclusively for the band, to go on the album too.

Regulars on BBC Radio Scotland, the sextet made their live television debut on STV’s Riverside Show in May 2015.
In June, 2015, the band sold out the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London – a feat not even Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones or Jamie Cullum achieved on their first outing at the venue.

JBiA also brought the month of June to a close with an epic concert at the ABC in Glasgow
with pioneering soul-funk band, The Family Stone.

JBiA performed on the Main Stage at the Belladrum Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and supported both Average White Band (Queen’s Hall) and The Blockheads (Voodoo Rooms) in Edinburgh.

Starts after The Comedy Bothy from 8 pm – 10 pm, Free entry!

Target 5 @ Hootananny
Oct 8 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm

Aberdeen based MOD tribute band. Playing classic MOD revival and 60’s MOD tunes from The Jam, The Chords,Small Faces,Lambrettas,The Who,Secret Affair,The Kinks .Get suited and booted and have a dance with us to Maximum R & B and 80’s Mod revival.

RNW Music presents Tail Feather @ Hootananny
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm






Formed in Berkshire and having carved out their own distinct niche with blues-driven anthems and glorious four part harmonies, Tail Feather have already accomplished a lot in their relatively short career, while their acclaimed live shows have also led to them hitting the road with the likes of Wolf Alice, White Denim and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Marrying slick guitar lines that feel as if they’ve been crafted in the Golden State and turning up the thick bass-induced grooves to 11, new single ‘Space Travel’ also carries on Tail Feather’s long-standing collaboration with producer Graham Dominy (Robert Plant, Ray Davies).

Undeniably cool and essentially timeless, Tail Feather continue to blaze their own distinct trail in today’s music scene with their retro-induced time vessel of euphoric hooks and blissful harmonies. The release of ‘Space Travel’ is only likely to win them more fans, and with their debut album to come later this year, 2016 is looking set to be a breakthrough year for one of the most exciting new bands out there.

Brian Jamieson @ Hootananny
Oct 14 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 15 @ 3:00 am

BRIAN JAMIESON is one of the most successful artists in the history of HIP HOP in SCOTLAND,in his time he has opened shows for 50 CENT / BUSTA RHYMES / THE GAME / XZIBIT / BLACK EYED PEAS / LLOYD BANKS to name a few.He is now releasing his new muti genre concept LP “Cover” on Thursday 13th October over 3 nights with Launch parties in GLASGOW / INVERNESS / FORT WILLIAM.On the LP all of his guests play characters in the story with an album that plays like a soundtrack as opposed to a conventional LP.For the LP launch parties Brian will front a full live band called THE HAINEHILL HERETIC who bring the album to life as well as all guests on the LP featuring for the launch parties only.With genre’s switching from HIP HOP to GRIME to BLUES to ACOUSTIC to METAL to FUNK there is something for everybody.The LP will be on sale on the night and the show is FREE to the public.Brian also co-runs the successful CHURCH STREET HIP HOP night in MADHATTERS and hopes all the regulars come along and be their usual mental selves.

Support from Spring Break and The Gimme Gimme Gimmes.

The Skababs @ Hootananny
Oct 15 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 16 @ 3:00 am

Edinburgh based band The Skababs duly challenge you to try and stay in your seat or not tap your feet.. Not likely when they’re playing in town!

Citing ska greats such as Madness, The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners and Toots & The Maytals as their biggest influences, you are sure to enjoy the skanking bedlam that is a Skababs gig.

DF Concerts & TwentyTen Presents JR Green @ Hootananny
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Combining accordion-riffed nostalgia and teenage angst acoustic guitar, punctuated by gravelled and howling Scottish-toned vocals are adolescent prodigal duo JR GREEN – two brothers from Strontian, a remote Scottish village a few miles from the most westerly point on mainland Britain, bringing a more youthful, virile edge to folk and traditional music.
Their debut single, Nigerian Princess, has been getting attention on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephens ‘Tip Of The Week’, 6 Music and was Single of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland as well as being a featured artist on Vic Galloway BBC Introducing.

TwentyTen Presents @ Hootananny
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ian McNabb (born 3 November 1960) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Best known as the frontman of The Icicle Works, McNabb has since embarked on a solo career and performed with the likes of Ringo Starr, Neil Young/Crazy Horse, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), and Danny Thompson of folk band Pentangle.

Darth Elvis and the Imperials @ Hootananny
Oct 22 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 3:00 am

Darth Elvis & The Imperials are a Star Wars themed Elvis tribute band from Viva Mos Eisley. In 1977 Elvis didn’t die he turned to the Darkside of the Force and ever since he has been playing music venues around the Outer Rim Territory. The time has come for the Dark King of the Sith & his band of Imperials to return to the Galaxy where he is best known.

The band performed for the first time at the Official Star Wars convention Celebration Europe back in 2007 and have been thrilling audiences ever since with their unique mixture of rock n roll, comedy & outlandish performances. They really must be seen to be believed.

Beyond Presents Tom Speight @ Hootananny
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tom Speight


Indigo Velvet @ Hootananny
Nov 3 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 4 @ 3:00 am

Indigo Velvet

Indigo Velvet are a young Tropical-pop quartet from Edinburgh. They’ve been dubbed one’s to watch 2016 by Scotland On Sunday, championed by Vic Galloway via his BBC Radio Scotland show and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio and The Sun. Single ‘Easy Love’ premiered via Clash Magazine and Tenement TV and played on Communion Records’ Radio X show. Furthermore, they showcased at XpoNorthT in The Park and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival [to sizeable crowds], resulting in an interview and spin on BBC Radio 1. With UK-wide tours and festivals in the calendar plus an impressive 100,000 streams [and counting] via Spotify – the young quartet’s fanbase is growing rapidly and 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year

The Mystic Shoes @ Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)
Nov 5 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 6 @ 3:00 am

mystic shoes

The best party band in the North!

Suckers for a good crowd the band set is an upbeat, bouncy, enjoyable affair resulting in slow country tunes being played at rock speed, rock tunes being played at reggae speed and reggae tunes played at punk speed!

Stick around for our resident Mad Hatters DJ afterwards until 3 am!

Chris Barron (The Spin Doctors) & Lach @ Hootananny
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Chris Barron: His band, The Spin Doctors were ubiquitous in the early nineties. Everyone owned their album Pocketful of Kryptonite as it blared out of summer speakers all across the globe.
Barron has a Grammy nomination, a Rolling Stone cover, two multi-platinum albums and two Top Ten hits: Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong and Two Princes!

This is Chris’s second solo UK tour and will feature his hits as well as his amazing new songs.

Lach: Founder of Antifolk, cited as a main inspiration for such acts as Beck, Regina Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis and hundreds of others. Lach has six critically acclaimed albums (“Splendid, best of its kind!”-Mojo Magazine), a newly published book of poetry and a hit BBC Radio 4 comedy series ‘The Lach Chronicles’ (Top Radio Pick Hit from London Times, Observer, Independent, Daily Mail, Telegraph and RadioTimes!)

“A face-ache funny, beat-punk-unplugged joy. “- The Guardian UK

“The roots of modern songwriting: Dylan, Barrett, Drake and Lach!” – Time Out London

Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 11 @ 10:30 pm

Joe Fox never set out to be famous. He was just writing songs because he wanted to — or even, because he needed to. “I’ve found a lot of people I’ve met really love being noticed,” he observes. “A lot more people do their jobs for others’ recognition than I thought. I don’t really. I’ve just always always made music because I enjoy it.” It’s this dedication to craft and a total disregard for trends that makes Fox’s voice unique in the landscape of 2016. A student of every great songwriter from the Beatles to Bob Marley, he brings a classic structure to the mind’s eye of a listless and disenfranchised child of the inner city. Paradoxically, it’s this headstrong mindset that led to Fox’s discovery. He takes a different approach to the Soundcloud generation, and in 2014 was busking and selling his CDs on the streets of London. When, by a fluke meeting in Soho at 4am, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky heard Fox sing, he immediately knew he’d found someone special. Fox played a melancholic folk tune with fablelike qualities and a rough edge, titled ‘Listen Up Katie.’ “Whose song is that?” Rocky asked. Fox replied that it was his own — and Rocky immediately invited him to the studio. Their extraordinary collaboration began that night, with Fox crashing on the spare bed in Rocky’s hotel room. Six of his already written original songs formed the basis for new songs on Rocky’s number one studio album At.Long.Last.A$AP (including on the woozy standout ‘Jukebox Joints’ alongside Kanye West). As Billboard noted, “Fox anchors almost a third of the album.”

The year since the album’s release in summer 2015 has been a whirlwind for Fox, between joining Rocky on a world tour to promote the album, signing to Rocky’s production company, AWGE and his own record deal with Blue Flowers/Island Records. He’s hung out with Daft Punk, and been told he’s a great songwriter by Danger Mouse. But Fox stays unfazed by the chaos of the music industry. “I feel like my life was more surreal before,” he muses. “It has more order now.” “Music has saved me, a lot,” he adds. “It’s religious.”

The Acoustic Alley Sessions EP, is an introduction to Joe Fox the same way he began making and selling his music: alone with a guitar. As he puts it, “these songs are lifeblood. The first song he played for Rocky, “Listen Up Katie,” is on the record, along with other songs that date back to his busking days. ‘Radio’ is a dizzying, sweet love song with a chorus that pierces; ‘Head Down Low,’ meanwhile, taps into a more menacing voice, warning of the perils of inner city life.

Acoustic Alley Sessions exposes Fox’s blisteringly honest songwriting style and raw, blues tinged voice. Some tracks, such as the haunting opener ‘Like Jesus,’ deal with the strangeness of being newly thrust into the spotlight. “Among my old friends, there was a sense of real jealousy,” he says, describing what it was like to return to London after touring America. The song is a defiant anthem, warning: Work out who is worth you/ ‘Cause they’re all gonna hurt you.‘Autopilot,’ too, deals with fake friends. The chorus, Everybody loves you when you’re rich and famous, was written when Fox was living in L.A. and getting a surreal insight into Hollywood life. “No one Rocky introduced me to had ever taken the bus really,” he explains. “I used to secretly — because I didn’t want to look like a weirdo to them — take the bus all the way down to Santa Monica. And I just had that chorus going around in my head.”