What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

For 17 years, Hootananny has been promoting the best grass roots music in Scotland. Mumford and Sons, Sam Fender, Little Boots, Dougie Mclean and Skerryvore have all played the venue. The building is a lovely traditional Victorian Inverness old sweety shop with traditional and fusion Scottish ceilidh and celtic rock downstairs. Emerging original artists, indy, hiphop, heavy metal, ska and rock upstairs on the Madhatters stage. Djs in the Glow bar on the top floor. The family run business has been awarded Scotland’s Best Live Music Venue 2019 by Scottish Bar and Pub Awards and Best Inverness Pub of the Year, 8 years running, by Inverness City Advertiser. Open daily for pub drinkers, we have a delicious Scottish menu of traditional dishes cooked to perfection from 5-10pm daily

Since March 2020 Hootananny has been unable to promote live music or background music. We hope to bring back the best live music soon! Click on the Keeping Safe tab for details about safety.

Feb
8
Fri
Tweed Ceilidh Band
Feb 8 @ 9:30 pm

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A lively ceilidh band from Inverness and Speyside. The trio have played throughout the UK and Europe, whilst retaining their weekly slot in Aviemore – which has allowed them to flourish and build a great repertoire of entertaining material. Weaving together traditional ceilidh music with funk, ska and toe-tapping beats and anything in between.

Band members Graeme Mackay, Duncan Farquhar, Sam Mcleod bring you a night pumped full with Ceilidh music to keeping you dancing in Inverness’ traditional Scottish bar. A night not to be missed!

Feb
15
Fri
Cameron & Sons
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 16 @ 12:15 am

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Cameron & Sons are a stompin’ traditional Scottish trio based in the central belt of Scotland.

Led by guitarist Cameron Grant the trio are known for exhilarating performances all over the country.

Rock & Reel
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm

Rock n reel

Upcoming young trad band from Oban, a small town on the West Coast of Scotland. Rock n Reel are 4 piece band delivering a powerful, energetic style of trad music. The band also can mix it up with a fresh take on classic songs and modern covers. Band members Liam Donn on Banjo/Guitar/Vocals, Graeme Cameron on Bass/Guitar, James “Hippy” Bastow on Guitar/Vocals and Ollie Sharp on Drums/Backing Vocals. They are coming to Hootananny for you – guaranteed to get your party stared!

Stetsonhead
Feb 15 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 12:00 am

Stetsonhead

Stetsonhead are a self described Country Trash band from Inverness. A band full of experience and talent including, Ali Dooner, Craig Aitkinhead,Willie MacAskill and Robin Abbot.

Midnight Pacific
Feb 15 @ 11:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 12:00 am

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Alternative, Pop Rock band from Elgin, Scotland consisting of local lads, Scott Ramsay on Vocals and Guitar, William Moir on Vocals and Percussion and Daniel Pearson on Vocals and Guitar. They started out in the summer of 2014 and have been playing small venues from bars to festivals around the North of Scotland since then. Mostly performing as a 3 piece acoustic act, the band have been writing and playing original music as well as covers during that time and have released their debut EP “Dance with me” on September 2nd, 2018, which contains 4 of the tracks they regularly play live. The band are joined by local musicians, Callum Ord and Craig Sim on bass and drums to play the occasional larger venue where the original songs really come to life with a full band.

Feb
16
Sat
Calum MacPhail Trio
Feb 16 @ 9:30 pm

 

 

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Calum is a warm, down-to-earth, young man from the West Coast of Scotland who fell in love with the accordion at a tender age of 7. As a young boy with the desire to learn more, he spent more years learning the rudiments from the best accordionists in the Highlands until he eventually created his unique style. Though he hailed from Fort William, Calum moved to Inverness in 2007 where he strived to focus on his technique.

Calum is an energetic musician who has performed in Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. Now he is coming to Hootananny for a night that can not be missed!

Free entry.

Uniform, Featuring Katie Hurt Band
Feb 16 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 12:00 am
Feb
23
Sat
FRANCO
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 24 @ 3:00 am

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Franco are a fabulously entertaining, young, contemporary and versatile band with outstanding vocals coming to Mad Hatters to perform for you!

Mixing phenomenal musicianship with professional experience; classic tunes from the 60’s  to present day, Franco play from an extensive repertoire with something for everyone to enjoy. Door from 2130 til late!

We then have DJ Bobby to carry the night up until 0300 to play you the best in rock, pop and indie. Free entry for all!

Mar
1
Fri
The Trad Band
Mar 1 @ 9:30 pm

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The Trad Band are an ever-changing collective of Scottish Traditional musicians based in the Highlands of Scotland.

Led by the established fiddle player Nick Firth and regulars at Hootananny, they bring you a night of traditional stompin’ ceilidh music to keep you dancing for a night you can’t forget. The band have also appeared at Belladrum Festival and Jocktoberfest.

Spring Break
Mar 1 @ 10:30 pm

Spring Breaj

Spring Break are a vaguely outrageous, psychedelic 3 piece folk funk outfit, hand crafting screwball anthems deep in the Highlands of Scotland. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship, whilst fusing the hip hop languages of scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life. 

Following the performance, our resident DJ will play you music right up until 3am!

Mar
2
Sat
The Trad Band
Mar 2 @ 9:30 pm

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The Trad Band are an ever-changing collective of Scottish Traditional musicians based in the Highlands of Scotland.

Led by the established fiddle player Nick Firth and regulars at Hootananny, they bring you a night of traditional stompin’ ceilidh music to keep you dancing for a night you can’t forget. The band have also appeared at Belladrum Festival and Jocktoberfest.

Moneypenny
Mar 2 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 12:00 am

Moneypenny

 

Scotland’s finest covers band who celebrate women in music are coming all the way up to Inverness (and why not) to entertain the good Invernetians with their unique set of covers. Expect anything from Chaka Khan to Carly Simon to Alanis Morisette to Girls Aloud…I kid you not. Not to be missed.

Mar
8
Fri
Susanna Wolfe Band Support from Dylan Tierney
Mar 8 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 12:00 am

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An all original Band featuring Susanna Wolfe, Garry Reynold, Les MacPherson and Jim Hawkins

 

Support from Dylan Tierney.

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Read this article courtesy of Inverness Gigs about what to expect after the two acts played recently.

LIVE REVIEW – Susanna Wolfe Band , 6/10/2018

Mar
9
Sat
The Man From Delmonte
Mar 9 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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Rock gods The Man from Delmonte are the most exciting band to launch onto the UK wedding and events scene for a generation. Their set list is a great mash of the best rock / pop covers from the last 50 years, all delivered with energy and style.

Mar
16
Sat
Harbottle and Jonas
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 17 @ 10:00 pm

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Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobra. They have developed a unique and original signature sound, that is unmistakably Harbottle and Jonas.

They have received plaudits from folk icons including Seth & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Lankum, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Their music had been streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries and they have also played a gig with Martin Carthy. Well travelled across the UK and playing up to 200 gigs each year, Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit. Dave & Freya will be leading the folk course at The Internationally renowned Dartington Summer School this year.

‘Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements 9/10’ – Americana UK

‘Disarmingly honest and spine-tingling moments’ – R2

Kris Lannen & Richard Trethewey:
Kris Lannen & Richard Trethewey are a folk duo that formed through playing together in the Cornish Cletic Folk band, The Grenaways. Both are prolific, award winning song writers who’s songs mine the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf of Cornwall where they add a sense of their own ties to the region and especially it’s Celtic heritage.
They are rootsy storytellers, unique in the folk style, with songs that are rich in nautical undertones, influenced so much by the sea, its people and coastal living.

The Rah’s
Mar 16 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 3:00 am

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THE RAH’S are a 4 piece Rock band from Prestonpans, Scotland

Jack Mc Leod (guitar/vocals)
Jordan Mc Intyre (guitar/b.vocals)
Lee Brown (Bass/b.vocals)
Neale Gray (drums)

Over the past couple of years THE RAH’S have been busy writing and recording and releasing original material at the highest level . Now beginning to turn heads in the music business from LA to London and beyond, its one review better than the other in music press right across the world ,THE RAH’S are not about following trends, they are about setting new ones.

Stick about for our resident DJ until 3am!