What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

Latest Opening Information.

Updated 23/06/2021- Hootananny is currently in the middle of some renovations inside the building and is temporarily closed. We will be back later in the summer. If you have any enquiries please email us here at inverness@hootananny.co.uk. Keep Safe and we will see you soon

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.

Full Tilt Ceilidh Band
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 15 @ 12:15 am

trad band

More fantastic traditional tunes.

Mystic Shoes Farewell Gig.
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm



The best party band in the Highlands and Islands performing their last ever gig with us in Hootananny. Should be a special night.

Dave Mcpherson
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Dave Mcpherson

Escape From Reality Promotions
in Association with Good Times Roll Presents
Dave McPherson (InMe) + Luke Rainsford
Saturday December 15th


Dave McPherson’s Christmas Medley Tour comes to Inverness at Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)… with Support from Luke Rainsford


Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 12:15 am



Schiehallion have been around for 25 years. Founder member and frontman Kenny Jamieson has shared the limelight with various musicians over the years, but would agree that Stuart is the finest accordian player he’s ever had!
Calum MacPhail Trio
Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm



calum macphail

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.

Dec 21 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

Ezra Logo White

4 piece covers band from Ross-Shire, covering party tunes from Stevie Wonder to George Ezra and most points in between

RMT Big Band Xmas Special @ Hootananny
Dec 21 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

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.

Tartan Paint
Dec 22 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 23 @ 12:15 am

Tartan Paint

West Coast Ceilidh Band not to be missed!

Highland Voices Sunday Gospel Choir
Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Highland voices 1


Highland voices 2

“I said HALLELUJAH!!!”

Highland Voices Gospel Choir was created by Musical Director Tony Henry in 2017.

The Gospel Choir is based in Dingwall, Ross-shire in the Highlands of Scotland.

The choir consists of male and female vocalists who come together to create close harmonies, generating an amazing sound for their audiences at each and every performance.

The choir has been performing around the Highlands with the ultimate aim of competing in the national competitions.

Nick Firth and Friends Xmas Eve bash
Dec 24 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:00 am

trad band


Traditional tunes from Nick and friends to welcome in Xmas!



Dec 27 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 28 @ 12:15 am



A special treat for boxing day.
Hò-rò: A young and energetic Trad/Folk group. Bringing traditional Scottish music and Gaelic/Folk songs together and putting their modern stamp on it.
Ruairidh Maclean
Dec 27 @ 9:30 pm

Top Scottish Box player Ruairidh Maclean comes to Hoots!
Check out this amazing player on YouTube!

The Scone Fairies
Dec 28 @ 9:30 pm

The Scone Fairies are Bob Massie & Jonathan Hill,  lifelong enthusiasts for Scottish Traditional
Music… be careful,  it’s catching!

Mystic Shoes Farewell Gig.
Dec 29 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm



The best party band in the Highlands and Islands performing their last ever gig with us in Hootananny. Should be a special night.

Ted Christopher @ Hootananny
Dec 29 @ 9:30 pm

Ted Christopher

Ted Christopher is one of Scotland’s finest performers. He is a well-travelled and extremely versatile singer songwriter. He is equally at home whether singing heart-felt originals to a concert audience, belting out Scottish favourites to the Tartan Army or playing some of his huge pop/rock repertoire to a packed dance floor.

Unfazed by any size of audience, he played to 750,000 people on The Mall in Washinton DC. A week later there were 12 in Cowie Miners Welfare. How’s that for a quick reality check? And they were both great gigs!

Ted has been involved in the Scottish live music scene since he was fifteen. He is proud to be a native of The Royal and Ancient Burgh of Stirling (Stirling is now a city but he much prefers the previous description of his hometown) and was born and raised a mere claymore’s length from Stirling Castle and The National Wallace Monument.

Ted performs many solo gigs, sometimes uses a couple of musicians as “The Ted Christopher Band” and of course fronts “Bannockburn”

The Trad Band
Dec 30 @ 9:30 pm


The Trad Band are an ever-changing collective of Scottish Traditional musicians based in the Highlands of Scotland.

Led by the established fiddle player Nick Firth and regulars at Hootananny, they bring you a night of traditional stompin’ ceilidh music to keep you dancing for a night you can’t forget. The band have also appeared at Belladrum Festival and Jocktoberfest.