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.
Earth-616 promotions brings Pandacar back to the north for their first headline show at Inverness’ famous Mad Hatters.
Joining the good boy punks for the evening are Square Eyes with their swaggering seismic riffs, Glasgow based Indie-folk slingers Peplo, and local singer songwriter Kate Gregson-Macleod
Tickets available from the venue, Square Eyes and fatsoma.com/earth-616promotions
Founded in 1979, North Sea Gas have been performing their own brand of Scottish music all over the world ever since.
18 albums, literally 1000s of venues, more miles than anyone wants to think about, and a lot of fun and music.
Their most recent album, The Fire and The Passion of Scotland, won the 2013 Album of the Year Award on Celtic Radio in Boston (USA) and the set of tunes from the same album won first place in the Jigs and Reels category.
rhythm n soul n blues A stormin’ live band to dance to.
‘A banger! And it’s great!’ Craig Charles (bbc radio funk and soul show)
“Funky bunch of chaps, we like that” Stephen Duffy (the jazz house bbc radio Scotland)
“Very very good indeed” (the legend) Paul jones BBC radio 2
“Dexy’s with a touch of the Style Council” Huffington Post
“Time for some early morning soul” Tom morton (BBC radio Scotland )
“Storming diamond of an EP” scootering magazine
The Mad Ferret Band are a Scottish duo, known on the folk scene for their hard hitting blend of traditional and contemporary Folk music. Their lively, energetic performances are packed with “blisteringly fast Mandolin solos”, tight harmonies, driving Cajon beats and earth-moving Guitar sounds. The influence from both Scottish and Irish folk music has helped shape their unique sound.
The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals.
Based in Perth, Scotland they are an extremely hard working band having played an average of 180 gigs a year across the U.K. and Europe. Since forming in 2012 they have been honing their music by playing the pub and small venue scene. They look to be even busier in 2015, with more festival performances and European tours on the way.
Notable gigs include; Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2014, Northern Roots Festival 2014 & 2015, Montrose Music Festival, Mull Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Concert Hall 2014, multiple European tours in Switzerland.
FORMED in 2000, Rooty Ma Toot Big Band has, over the years, included many of the top musicians around Inverness.
They have played at castles, Highland stately homes, corporate functions, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium, festivals, clubs, many private functions, and featured several times on MFR.
Regular line up has piano, bass, drums, guitar, 3 or 4 trumpets, 3 or 4 trombones and 5 saxes. Guest vocalists appear often with the band. Big band swing, jazz, jump jive, Sixties soul – all regularly feature.
Join them between 8.00 pm and 10.00 pm at Hoots for their Xmas Special on Saturday December 19th.
Some of Scotland’s best metal and punk acts will play Rock With Thee for MND in order to raise funds for MND Scotland.
The event is inspired by former local musician Sheree Gregg the Highland’s youngest person to be diagnosed with motor neurone disease in March this year.
MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles and may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.
The acts performing are:
Seed of Sorrow
The Starry Wisdom Cult
Please come along, rock out and support this very worthy cause.
Following the bands we will have a DJ set from our resident Mad Hatters DJ.
Traditional songs with some tips on how to do highland dancing correctly for beginners.
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!
Bohemian Monk Machine are back in Inverness. Mad Hatters was a party and a half last time so the boys are coming back to the Highland Capital for a mad ain!
Bohemian Monk Machine are a 6 piece Funk band based in Perth, Scotland. The original founding members of the band have been long time collaborators since there school days before deciding to start a band based around there rhythmic based and improvised ethos. Since the band formed in November 2017 at a jam night, additional members have been added to the line up making the band a tighter and fuller sounding unit. After releasing there debut single the band have decided to showcase what they do around Scotland. Expect high energy funk mania and groove based original material.
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.
After a year which has seen Lional release 2 well received singles, tour up and down the country, support icons Noel Gallagher and Edwyn Collins as well as performing a triumphant set at Belladrum’s main stage, the band will top it off with an intimate hometown performance at Madhatters.
Support comes from promising young upstarts The Citrus Scene.
Over 18s only.
Moteh Parrott is a highland based artist with a distinctive modern folk-rock sound, complementing reflective, uplifting lyrics with raw electric guitar and cello. Moteh’s music has been described as having a sound comparable with”…a Highland wilderness with all the sweeping colour and spirit which that encompasses.” (leedsmusicscene.net)
Moteh’s shows over the last year include Xpo North, Belladrum, Northern Roots, North Hop, The Ironworks and Eden Court Theatre. He is currently working towards his first release as a solo artist.
West Coast Ceilidh Band not to be missed!
Square Eyes are a three piece rock trio from Inverness.
The band describe themselves as “We all love going to gigs so we thought the best way of getting in for free was by being on stage and so far no-ones noticed!
Our music focuses on the real-life grind, it’s straight to the point”.