What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
For 19 years, Hootananny has been promoting the best grass roots music in Scotland. Mumford and Sons, Sam Fender, Jake Bugg, Dougie Mclean and Skerryvore have all played the venue.
The building is a lovely traditional Victorian Inverness old sweety shop with traditional Scottish music on our ground floor and indie, hiphop,ska and rock upstairs on the Madhatters stage.
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 6 pm.
Michael Cassidy’s ear-pleasing brogue Scottish voice has always been front and centre of his music, and with I Am Free, the opening track and lead single from his new album, he returns with just that – voice front and centre. Complimented superbly by soaring harmonies, he ponders the nature of beauty, life, and life lived through the journey of a metamorphosing caterpillar. The track rouses warmly as a solitary organ drone builds beneath Michael’s musing voice, reconciling life’s plans gone awry with the need for patience.
With producer Chris McCrory (Catholic Action, Siobhan Wilson, wojtek the bear, Annie Booth) at the helm the track undergoes the aforementioned metamorphosis as violin swirls the air, each note hanging and gliding; a butterfly free to fly.
One further verse sees Michael exclaim, joyfully and thankfully, “I am free”, a sentiment anyone constrained by their past can share.
FFO: Ben Howard, Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright
Winner of the inaugural Gerry Rafferty Prize for Songwriting, 2012
Winner of Best Acoustic SAMA Award, 2016
Previous support slots with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Amy McDonald, Frightened Rabbit and Rachel Sermanni.
“Wholesome guitar and impressive voice” – The Skinny
“Mindblowing” – The Influences
“Michael has [an] ability to elevate guitar/piano and voice into something expansive.” – HeardNotHerd
The Superlatives wear their influences on their sleeves with music comparative to the progeny of Britpop, 70’s British Punk, indie and alternative. Described by the Sheffield Scenester as ‘Looking like three blokes going down the pub, their casual demeanour gave little hint of the underlying talent they were ready to unleash upon the Harley [venue in Sheffield]. Power chord combinations tore out of the amps and across the room with riff after riff belting, the drums pounding with foot-stomping ferocity and the vocals not drawing attention, but grabbing you by the throat and demanding it.’
Finding one another from different ends of Scotland, Pizza Crunch embrace a range of influences. Prompt lyrical commentary that veers from the elucidation of somber hedonism to trivializing the emotionally painful, along with distinct, novel guitar lines and a driving rhythm section make Pizza Crunch one of Glasgow’s most exciting exports.
After a steady stream of releases garnered attention from BBC 6 Radio Music, the group played a string of sold out shows at venues like The Hug and Pint and King Tuts in Glasgow. This preempted shows further a field at Left of the Dial in Rotterdam and Stockton Calling. After a year of writing, home-recording and collaborations with established producers, the band are ready to unveil a new project that is much more explorative in sound than their previous releases.
Paul Thompson is a singer-songwriter and author from Norfolk. He has
toured in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada, and holds a Guinness
World Record for ‘the longest journey by electric milk float’, after touring
over 1,000 miles at 15mph to the Edinburgh Fringe, in his solar-powered
milk float stage ‘Bluebell’.
Paul’s latest album release ‘Lone Star’ includes a specially written book
of short-stories, based on the songs from the album. Described by
Acoustic Magazine as ‘blissed out Donovan meets John Martyn’, Paul’s
live show combines music, literature, and tales of the ups and downs
(and breakdowns!) of life on the road in an electric milk float.
Paul will be joined by Susanna Wolfe, who Paul first met at Belladrum
Festival, when Susanna performed from ‘The Milk Float Stage’. Trained
as a classical vocalist, Susanna’s early influences were Irish folk songs
and opera. However, as she became older, Susanna discovered rock
music, which was to become her first love.
As well as being a singer-songwriter and performer in her own right,
Susanna has also worked as a session vocalist, for Martin Stephenson
on many of the albums he has produced, both for himself and other
artists. Susanna’s latest album, “Mantras for Modern Times” (released
end of June via Bandcamp) epitomises the diversity of musical genres
that she has embraced over the years.
Paul and Susanna will both be performing their new albums at Mad
Hatter’s, for an intimate evening of heart-felt original acoustic songs.
Prepare to be floated!