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.

Feb
15
Sat
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
Fri
Reidhle
Feb 21 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:00 am

reidhle

 

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
22
Sat
Nick Firth and Friends
Feb 22 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:15 am

trad band

 

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

Audiokicks / Forgetting the Future
Feb 22 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 am

Audio kicks

 

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

Feb
28
Fri
Arthur Coates and friends
Feb 28 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 29 @ 12:15 am

arthur coates

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).

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

book klub 1

 

book klub

 

 

Feb
29
Sat
Arthur Coates and friends
Feb 29 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:15 am

arthur coates

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).

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

sharp exit 1

sharp exit

 

S#ARP EXIT, good music, good times, good craic
Mar
6
Fri
The Scone Fairies
Mar 6 @ 9:30 pm

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

King Cobalt // North Atlas // Late Landing
Mar 6 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 7 @ 12:00 am

king cobalt 2

 

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
LISTEN HERE:
https://open.spotify.com/track/4W9rnGh8yowgHYDCHbwgrm

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.

LISTEN HERE:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1Wp6nr4bQgFI8uNXIQ7SFp

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…

LISTEN HERE:
https://open.spotify.com/track/0WNbt3kR4zZ6FyckG5d8hF

FFO: Foo Fighters, Led Zepplin, Fightstar

DOORS 9PM
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Mar
7
Sat
ALAN KELLS & FRIENDS
Mar 7 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

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

The Dughoose Ska Band
Mar 7 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 8 @ 12:00 am

Dughoose Garage riverside pic with LOGO

The DUGHOOSE SKA band is an experienced and talented group of musicians that enjoy all things SKA. They play classic SKA/ 2 tone tunes by bands like the Specials and Madness, with some cleverly thought out tunes from established artists coupled with some original material they guarantee to have any venue SKANKING from the first note.

Mar
13
Fri
Ramanan Ritual
Mar 13 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 14 @ 12:00 am

Ramanan

 

Ramanan Ritual a truly eclectic group of individuals making their return to Mad Hatters with support from  The Control Machine.

Mar
14
Sat
RUARIDIH MACLEAN
Mar 14 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 15 @ 12:15 am

RUARIDIH MAC

 

 

Scottish ceilidh music, as well as a wide range of covers. Including ACDC, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, Fratellis and Dr Hook.
Root System / Polar Bears In purgatory. @ Hootananny
Mar 14 @ 10:00 pm

Root System are a four piece ska/punk band made up of three brothers Kev Fek ( vocals) Ronnie (guitar/voclas) Handsome Dan (bass) and close pal Ryan (Drummer). ROOT SYSTEM have been on the go for around 7 years now and have gigged up and down the country including the likes of Brixton, Glasgow, Inverness, Elgin, Edinburgh, the list goes on. They have also played at a few festivals including Rockness, Wickerman a number of times, Wizard Festival, Tartan Heart, Loch Lomond always getting the crowd going. They have also played with a number of times with ska legends such at Neville Staple, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Selecter..

 

 

polar bears

 

 

“Ayr based Polar Bears in Purgatory are an energetic, melodic punk trio whose down to earth humour and catchy hooks are unparalleled”- The Daily Record

“PBIP are all about melody and speed” – Bumnote

“Not for the sensitive or those lacking a sense of humour” – the Moshville Times

Mar
21
Sat
Nick Firth And Friends
Mar 21 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 22 @ 12:15 am

 

Nick Firth and friends providing us with traditional melodies on Friday.