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.
More fantastic traditional tunes.
Nicky Murray and friends
“Young Glasgow singer/songwriter Nicky Murray has been travelling around writing/playing and gigging for the past 7 years. The combination of his voice and guitar is spellbinding. All of his songs have that perfect folky feeling to it. Not quite the Mumford and Sons vibe, it feels more intimate and personal, something that is quite hard to find these days.
Alongside Nicky, you’ll more often than not find his musical companion Chloe Rodgers on fiddle, her elegant playing brings nothing less of a magical heart-warming touch to the sound they create. They maintain that they don’t have a particular genre or set style that they stick to, citing folk, jazz, trad, and several other styles. Together they bring a friendly, yet moving atmosphere to the stage.”
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.
West Coast Ceilidh Band not to be missed!
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!
Cameron & Sons are a stompin’ traditional Scottish trio based in the central belt of Scotland.
Led by guitarist Cameron Grant the trio are known for exhilarating performances all over the country.
Gleadhraich have performed at a variety of events across the UK from headline shows to festival performances including at Scotland’s prestigious Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
This has led to the band sharing stages with acts such as Skerryvore, Donnie Munro, Twin Atlantic, AC/DC, The Fratellis and Peatbog Faeries. Gleadhraich made their German debut with a successful mini tour in September 2015 and featured in France in January 2016.
Gleadhraich will be made their US debut at New York Tartan Week in 2017 with further performances scheduled in Germany and Switzerland. The band has featured on many national media platforms such as BBC, STV, S4C, NME, Magic FM and many more.
“Gleadhraich are wicked. Their sound is very contemporary”, Amy MacDonald.
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).
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.
A lively ceilidh band from Inverness and Speyside. The trio have played throughout the UK and Europe, whilst retaining their weekly slot in Aviemore – which has allowed them to flourish and build a great repertoire of entertaining material. Weaving together traditional ceilidh music with funk, ska and toe-tapping beats and anything in between.
Band members Graeme Mackay, Duncan Farquhar, Sam Mcleod bring you a night pumped full with Ceilidh music to keeping you dancing in Inverness’ traditional Scottish bar. A night not to be missed!
The Dutch band Scotch produces high-energy shows with upbeat melodies on trumpet-fiddle and accordeon, alternated with polyphonic singing on a driving base of drums, bass and guitar. This party folk is equally danceable
played acoustically or fully amplified. The combination of own material with traditional folk songs from every corner of the world is brought straight from the heart and without any restraint. Whether it’s in the streets, at a
club or on the festival floor, you’ll feel only this moment counts.
In the past 10 years, Scotch has played over 500 shows throughout Europe and released five studio albums”
“This is the music we bring to the table, the food of our hearts, the fruits of our labours”
Drawing on the wide variety of musical experiences in the band, Journey North combine the storytelling traditions of Scottish music with the dynamics of a rock band.
Their love of playing live is clear for anyone to see and no matter the size of venue, if you are in the audience, you are part of the band.
Playing original songs which tell tales of battles, loves, lives and minds lost (and won) you can be sure that toes will be tapped, hands clapped and new friends will be made. You may even shed a tear or two but rest assured you will spend an evening with five mates who all love to play music and who appreciate every single second they get to share that with you.
Join us on St Andrews Day for an evening of fun and fashion, celebrating everything Scottish with a Fashion Show from Loch Dress. Hosted by comedian Zander McNally this promises to be a night of Pure Scottish entertainment. Loch Dress doesn’t do boring!
Durness favourites Blue Ridge come to Hootananny!