What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

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

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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!

Calum MacPhail Trio
Feb 1 @ 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.

Comedy Bothy
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nick Firth and Friends
Feb 7 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 8 @ 12:15 am

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

Cousin Kenny
Feb 7 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 12:00 am
Nick Firth and Friends
Feb 8 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 9 @ 12:15 am

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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

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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.

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

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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”
Arthur Coates and friends
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 16 @ 12:15 am

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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).

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 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:00 am



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 21 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:00 am



Drawing influence from the likes of DIIV and The Twilight Sad, Wylde are a 4 piece Post Punk band that bridge the gap between melodic dream pop and shoegaze, based out of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Their Sound comprises of Reverb drenched intertwining guitar Lines, thick basslines and heavy, militant drum beats.
They have supported the likes of Big Thief, Bully, and Self released 3 singles and are currently working on their debut EP.
Audiokicks / Forgetting the Future
Feb 22 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 am

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

Book Klub
Feb 28 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 29 @ 12:00 am

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S#arp Exit
Feb 29 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:00 am

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S#ARP EXIT, good music, good times, good craic
King Cobalt // North Atlas // Late Landing
Mar 6 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 7 @ 12:00 am

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KING KOBALT (Highlands) & NORTH ATLAS (Glasgow) team up for springtime Mad Hatters show. LATE LANDING (Montrose) will open the night!

KING KOBALT are a five piece Hard Rock/Metal band hailing from the Heart of the Highlands in Scotland. Powerful new Single “XVI” is available now on all major streaming platforms

FFO: Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Bloodlines, Allusondrugs

Scottish alt rock trio North Atlas are a band of brothers who combine their contrasting influences to defy the traditional sensibilities of a rock n’ roll band. Gaining a reputation for thunderous live shows, the trio secured an eclectic mix of festivals last summer, including a roaring headline set on Belladrum’s seedlings stage.


FFO: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Vukovi

Late Landing are an alt/rock band from Montrose on the North Sea in Scotland where a mighty and harsh landscape meets a generous spirit. Their aesthetic is unforgiving and uncompromising, but once you sit down for the first wee dram…


FFO: Foo Fighters, Led Zepplin, Fightstar