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.

Dec
20
Fri
Calum MacPhail Trio
Dec 20 @ 9:30 pm

 

 

calum macphail

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.

Dec
21
Sat
Schiehallion
Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm

Shiehallion

Hailing from Inverness the capital city of the Scottish Highlands Schiehallion are a Scottish Folk/Ceilidh band who have spent the last number of years both at home and further afield building an impressive ardent fan base, this has culminated in them being deserving of their widely held reputation as a fiery and passionate must see live music act. 

Consisting of founding member Kenny Jamieson Vocals – Guitar & Bodhran, Stuart Mackintosh Accordion, Cy Mutch Cajon & when required Calum MacGillivary on Bag Pipes, Schiehallion are ever present on the live music venue and festival scene.  

Immersed in Scotland’s culture and music traditions Schiehallion’s ability to engage and transfix their audience time after time has justifiably led to their richly deserved status as one of Scotland’s top bands in their musical category and genre.    

Dec
26
Thu
Hò-rò
Dec 26 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 27 @ 12:15 am

horo

 

A special treat for boxing day.
Hò-rò: A young and energetic Trad/Folk group. Bringing traditional Scottish music and Gaelic/Folk songs together and putting their modern stamp on it.
Dec
27
Fri
Tartan Paint
Dec 27 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 28 @ 12:15 am

Tartan Paint

West Coast Ceilidh Band not to be missed!

Dec
28
Sat
Mystic Shoes Farewell Gig.
Dec 28 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

THE MYSTIC SHOES 2

 

The best party band in the Highlands and Islands performing their last ever gig with us in Hootananny. Should be a special night.

Dec
29
Sun
Ted Christopher @ Hootananny
Dec 29 @ 9:30 pm

Internationally known gigging and recording Scottish singer/songwriter who has a massive repertoire of covers as well as his own original material.

Dec
31
Tue
Hootananny Hogmanany Extravaganza
Dec 31 2019 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 2:00 am

Hootananny Hogmanany Extravaganza Returns with 3 floors of entertainment to bring in 2020! Tickets on sale now!<P>

Come join us at Hootananny for our annual Hogmanay Extravaganza on December 31st!<P>

Featuring 3 floors of entertainment:<P>

Hoots (Ground Floor) – Stompin’ Ceilidh Tunes from Hoodja as seen at Belladrum Festival, Jocktoberfest and an on BBC Alba!<P>

Hatters (First floor) – The Guilty Pleasures are the north of Scotland’s most fun party band. From Madonna to Chic, Queen to Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson to Prince, a set of non stop floor fillers!<P>

Glow Bar (Top Floor) – Resident DJ plus a wide selection of cocktails available for purchase.

Jan
10
Fri
Arthur Coates and friends
Jan 10 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 11 @ 12:15 am

arthur coates

Arthur has been playing Fiddle since the age of 7, growing up in rural Aberdeenshire, north east of Scotland. His first teacher Sharon Hassan was a very big influence in his musical development. Upon attending his second annual ‘Gaitherin’ He was inspired to take up the Guitar by John Coletta (The Humpff Family). At the age of 12 Arthur was awarded a scholarship to attend the ‘Aberdeen City Music School’ to study Fiddle and Guitar. Here He was taught by Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs), who is still a huge influence on his music. Around this time Arthur was at the Sidmouth Folk Week, he saw ‘Le Vent Du Nord’ who would become his favorite band. They continue a big influence on his music.

In July 2016 Arthur was invited to join ‘Aff Oor Hieds’ as the group’s guitarist, alongside Andrew Legge (Fiddle), Noah Jack (Bass) and Stuart Jack (Percussion). They continued to play in this format until January 2017.

While playing with ‘Aff Oor Hieds’, in September 2016, Andrew, Stuart and Arthur founded a new band ‘The Rowies’ with vocalist Ellie Beaton. This musical format seemed to be quite successful and the band made a name for themselves. They supported bands such as ‘Rant’, ‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’, ‘Session A9’, ‘The Crooked Brothers’ and ‘The Old Blind Dogs’.

In September 2017 Citing the need to play the fiddle more, Arthur formed a new band ‘Tolquhon’ with Duncan Ritchie (Accordion), Douglas Barber (Percussion, Jaw Harp) and Patrick Gray (Piano). Again the format proved successful and in 2018 the group did over 35 shows, including an extensive tour of England. They released their debut album in October 2018.

2019 marks the start of a new project for Arthur, as he will release and tour a brand new album/show. This album will be recorded in January and released in May. It features just Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals and Podorythmie (Foot Percussion).

Jan
11
Sat
Caman
Jan 11 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 12 @ 12:15 am

caman

Caman were formed in 2012 by Davy Holt & Stuart MacKintosh. Their debut single ‘The Caman’ was released in September 2012.
Jan
17
Fri
ALAN KELLS & FRIENDS
Jan 17 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

Traditional songs of all types of tempos. A great night of music.

Jan
24
Fri
Nick Firth and Friends
Jan 24 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 25 @ 12:15 am

trad band

 

Traditional songs of all types of tempos. A great night of music.

Jan
25
Sat
Schiehallion
Jan 25 @ 9:30 pm

Shiehallion

Hailing from Inverness the capital city of the Scottish Highlands Schiehallion are a Scottish Folk/Ceilidh band who have spent the last number of years both at home and further afield building an impressive ardent fan base, this has culminated in them being deserving of their widely held reputation as a fiery and passionate must see live music act. 

Consisting of founding member Kenny Jamieson Vocals – Guitar & Bodhran, Stuart Mackintosh Accordion, Cy Mutch Cajon & when required Calum MacGillivary on Bag Pipes, Schiehallion are ever present on the live music venue and festival scene.  

Immersed in Scotland’s culture and music traditions Schiehallion’s ability to engage and transfix their audience time after time has justifiably led to their richly deserved status as one of Scotland’s top bands in their musical category and genre.    

Jan
31
Fri
The Scone Fairies
Jan 31 @ 9:30 pm

The Scone Fairies are Bob Massie & Jonathan Hill,  lifelong enthusiasts for Scottish Traditional
Music… be careful,  it’s catching!

Feb
1
Sat
Calum MacPhail Trio
Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm

 

 

calum macphail

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.

Feb
7
Fri
Nick Firth and Friends
Feb 7 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 8 @ 12:15 am

trad band

 

Traditional songs of all types of tempos. A great night of music.

Feb
8
Sat
Nick Firth and Friends
Feb 8 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 9 @ 12:15 am

trad band

 

Traditional songs of all types of tempos. A great night of music.