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.

Jun
29
Sat
The Oxbow Lake Band
Jun 29 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Musically, the Oxbow Lake Band are a genre-defying bunch of grass roots musical magpies, multi-instrumentalists and good time charlies. They also like to dance like their dads, and have a taste for experimenting!

Jul
3
Wed
XPO NORTH
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Jul
4
Thu
XPO NORTH
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 5 @ 1:00 am
Jul
5
Fri
The Comedy Bothy
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Mad Hatters monthly comedy night The Comedy Bothy returns to Mad Hatters for 2019 with special guest Monty Burns.
The Liverpool comic has performed across yeh country at the likes of Breakneck Comedy Club, Laughing Horse, Gonzos and Laugh Train Home whilst receiving high praise from the likes of:
“Striking, strident comedy packed with emotion and pathos to make you laugh and make you think” – BBC
Really enjoyed his set, very funny” – Johnny Vegas
He may not own the nuclear powerplant in Springfield but he is hilariously funny
– STV
Also on the bill are top comics from the Highlands and beyond!
Nick Firth and Friends
Jul 5 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:15 am

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

THE GALIPAYGOS
Jul 5 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:30 am
Jul
6
Sat
THE TRAD BAND
Jul 6 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Jul
13
Sat
Caman
Jul 13 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 14 @ 12:15 am

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Caman were formed in 2012 by Davy Holt & Stuart MacKintosh. Their debut single ‘The Caman’ was released in September 2012.
Spring Break
Jul 13 @ 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!

Jul
19
Fri
Amy Henderson & friends @ Hootananny
Jul 19 @ 9:30 pm

 

Amy Henderson is from the outskirts of Inverness, and plays the Accordion, whistle, step dancing, and she can also turn her hand to singing here and there! Her playing is a blend of many different styles influenced by musicians she has met along her musical path in various genres including Cajun,Scottish and blues.

 

Jul
20
Sat
MONSTER TRAD MUSIC TRAIL
Jul 20 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:15 am

Monster Trad music

 

They’ll be taking their foot-stompin’ music to venues between 15th and 27th July. Keep an eye out around the mysterious Loch and you might catch a glimpse of these #tradMonster ‘s! With inspiring local tunes and ancient songs, stories, history and high energy ceilidh dance tunes, be sure to save a date and come see them at venue’s around Inverness and Loch Ness.

DIHYDRO
Jul 20 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:00 am

DiHydro

Thomas Newell and Jamie Douglas have finally joined forces to create and play music together. From the darkness of my man-cave we have been jamming and producing a unique sound. Playing as a 2 piece we make a heavy, psychedelic, garage, grunge, jazz, rock and roll sound.

AWKWARD FAMILY PORTRAITS
Jul 20 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:30 am

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Awkward Family Portraits have been dishing out rockin’ roots music to the streets of Glasgow since 2016. With a roguish charm and signature style that elevates them far above the dusty stereotypes of the genre, AFP are a band that have one central goal and that is to get you to abandon all of the outside world’s hang-ups and move. The brainchild of four likeminded musicians with a wealth of originality and technical skill at their disposal, you only need to catch the briefest glimpse of one of their live shows to feel an insatiable urge to make your way into the crowd and let loose!

SARA BILLS & THE HASBEENS
Jul 20 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 8:21 am

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Hailing in from the East Highlands, this alternative-folk-punk group have formed themselves out of a couple of different well known Invernessian groups.

Jul
25
Thu
All Night Disco with Fernando Fandango
Jul 25 @ 2:03 pm – 3:03 pm
Jul
26
Fri
Skidaddle
Jul 26 @ 9:30 pm

Skidaddle

Skidaddle are a Scottish two-piece consisting of a highly experienced and reliable guitarist and fiddler – modern and traditional songs and ceilidh dances. This energetic duo will preform all the ceilidh songs you know and love, to keep you dancing in the heart of our Scottish bar.