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.

Jan
24
Fri
king Kobalt & Uproar
Jan 24 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 25 @ 12:00 am

king cobalt friends

 

King Kobalt kick off their first show of 2020 in style with special guests Uproar. Free Entry

 

KING KOBALT are a five piece Hard Rock/Metal band hailing from the Heart of the Highlands in Scotland.

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.    

Moneypenny
Jan 25 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 12:00 am

Moneypenny

 

Celebrating all those fabulously talented women in music.
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!

Lucille / chancers / Danny Mortimer
Jan 31 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 1 @ 12:00 am

lucille 5

 

Planning to pack a blow to the music scene, like their name sake’s impact on The Walking Dead.

Lucille are a four piece rock band hailing for the north of Scotland. With driven bass and dynamic drum combos, mixed in some harmonious guitar melodies and a splash of gritty lyrics.

Lucille are:

Marc Davidson (Guitar/Vocals)
Gordon Bolton (Bass)
Lewis Murray (Guitar)
Jack Ledsham (Drums)

Drawing from an array of contrasting influences including Biffy Clyro, Muse , Foo Fighters, The Shires and Paramore, the band will be recording material with a scheduled release for late 2018..

So keep a Look out!

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
Comedy Bothy
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.

Cousin Kenny
Feb 7 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 12:00 am
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.

The Inevitable Teaspoon
Feb 8 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 9 @ 12:00 am

Inevitable teaspoon 1

 

inevitable teaspoon 2

 

The Inevitable Teaspoons are a 5 piece R&B/rock band hailing from Aberdeen City and Shire. They love to play good time music, producing their own unique interpretation of R&B and rock sounds for your listening pleasure.

Feb
14
Fri
John Edge and the Kings of Nowhere
Feb 14 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 15 @ 12:00 am

John Edge

 

john edge 2

 

John Edge & The Kings of Nowhere provide an energetic live show with songs about love, truth, death, and the miraculous fragility of life. The Edinburgh and Glasgow based group are genre defying, yet perhaps best described as euphoric folk-rock. The band carry an abundance of raw power, melodious songs, huge dynamics, and all is fused together and driven by Edge’s enchanting lyrics and totality on stage. Everything they have to offer is poured out in their performance; passion is abundantly clear. Each of the members hail from the Scottish Highlands and the dramatic landscape of their upbringing can be heard in their songs.
CLASH ~ “Edge is a supple, entrancing songwriter. An artist of real power… Easy on the ear yet intensely emotional.”
CELTIC CONNECTIONS ~ ”John Edge & The Kings of Nowhere are increasingly gathering admirers for Edge’s winning delivery and the band’s crisp, atmospheric enhancement of his attractively moody songs”
Feb
15
Sat
Emma & The Ragmen @ Hootananny
Feb 15 @ 10:00 pm

Introducing Emma Nelson a vocalist with a passionate, powerful, distinct voice who breathes life into the band’s many original compositions. Clear influences, amongst others, being Wanda Jackson and Brenda Lee. The band have a sound straight out of 50’s America mixed with neo-rock ‘n’ roll. Supported by one of the most experienced rhythm sections on the scene, Alan McCubbin (double bass) and Dave Cameron (drums) [both members of the legendary Frettones], are joined by two highly skilled musicians, Ryan Stewart (lead guitar) and Chris Stone (rhythm guitar), together they are Emma and The Ragmen. From a sold-out first appearance they were subsequently booked for a number of major festivals including the Rock Ridge Rumble 2016 and the Rockabilly Rave 2017.

Feb
21
Fri
Reidhle
Feb 21 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:00 am

reidhle

 

A traditional lineup of Accordion, Guitar and Fiddle, Reidhle have crafted our own unique blend of traditional and contemporary folk music – With infectious energy on stage, witty banter from Jenna and tunes that are played obviously too fast!!

Feb
22
Sat
Nick Firth and Friends
Feb 22 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:15 am

trad band

 

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

Audiokicks / Forgetting the Future
Feb 22 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 am

Audio kicks

 

Finishing off their joint UK tour are Northern Indie/alt rock bands-
Forgetting The Future
&
Audiokicks