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.

Nov
18
Thu
Schiehallion
Nov 18 @ 9:30 pm

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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. 

Nov
19
Fri
Single By Sunday support from Square Eyes
Nov 19 @ 9:00 pm

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Single By Sunday are a Glasgow based band who formed due to sharing a similar sense of humour and playing instruments. They love to put on a good show!

Support comes from Highlands trio Square Eyes.

Mad Ferret
Nov 19 @ 9:30 pm

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Mad Ferret 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.

 

Nov
20
Sat
Dave Levon – Late Night at Hoots
Nov 20 @ 12:30 am

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Dave Levon plays a wide range of music to suit young and mature, from old-time pub classics to recent chart material, singing jazz standards from ‘My Way’ to ‘Mac the Knife’.

A full-time professional providing entertainment for pubs, parties, weddings and events either solo or with his band, from Aberdeen to Portree in Skye.

His audiences have included Tony Robinson and the Time Team, Gordon Ramsay, Brendan Cole and his dancers and Eric Pollard (Emerdale).

Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Nov 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Iain Macdonald and Erik Spence along with a range of guests host the longest running ceilidh in Scotland every Saturday from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at Hoots!

Lucille / Lucid Liars
Nov 20 @ 9:00 pm

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Lucille are an indie rock band from Inverness taking influence from the likes of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro.

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Lucid Liars play noise driven rock with a solid rhythmic groove inspired by the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Joy Division.

Ted Christopher @ Hootananny
Nov 20 @ 9:30 pm

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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”

Nov
21
Sun
DWR – Late night at Hoots
Nov 21 @ 12:30 am

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Local singer and guitarist DWR returns to Late Night at Hoots with a set of lively acoustic guitar songs to keep you dancing and singing into the wee hours of the night!

Nov
22
Mon
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Nov 22 @ 9:00 pm

hootananny-musicJoin us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 9 pm til late.

Hosted by top local musicians from the Highlands in a cosy and casual environment, this is a fabulous introduction to the traditional music of Scotland.

Nov
23
Tue
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Nov 23 @ 9:00 pm

hootananny-musicJoin us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 9 pm til late.

Hosted by top local musicians from the Highlands in a cosy and casual environment, this is a fabulous introduction to the traditional music of Scotland.

Nov
24
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Nov 24 @ 9:00 pm

hootananny-musicJoin us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 9 pm til late.

Hosted by top local musicians from the Highlands in a cosy and casual environment, this is a fabulous introduction to the traditional music of Scotland.

Nov
25
Thu
Schiehallion
Nov 25 @ 9:30 pm

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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. 

Nov
26
Fri
Beach Riot
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm

Beach Riot

“Really excellent sound and melodies.” – Kerrang!
“Great dynamics, tension and killer choruses.” – Mojo
“Their incessantly melodic songwriting burns a hole in your subconscious, a furiously infectious return.” – Clash
“Gritty indie-pop brilliance” – The Independent

Beach Riot were born when guitarist/vocalist Cami Menditeguy made the decision to up-sticks and move halfway across the world to East London from her home country of Argentina at just 18. Desperate to front her own band, living on a remote horse farm alone was no longer an option; so, to raise funds for the move, Cami made her flight money by gambling on horse races. Meeting fellow guitarist/vocalist Rory O’Connor at a show in East London—and finding a shared love for ice-cream, weird guitars, PJ Harvey, Mudhoney, 4am mozzarella sticks, dark comedy, dungeons and dragons, and Brighton beach hangover fry-ups—at last Beach Riot were born, and the gamble had paid off.

Boxing Day with The Calum MacPhail Band
Nov 26 @ 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!

Nov
27
Sat
Dylan Tierney – Late Night at Hoots
Nov 27 @ 12:30 am

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Dylan Tierney from Inverness has been gigging from a young age, join him Late Night at Hoots for a collection of Dylan’s favourite songs performed live!

Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Nov 27 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Iain Macdonald and Erik Spence along with a range of guests host the longest running ceilidh in Scotland every Saturday from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at Hoots!