What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

Mar
22
Fri
Bad Actress
Mar 22 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 23 @ 12:00 am

bad actress

 

Bad Actress began forming in 2016. Guitarist Struan McFarlane (15 at the time) and Thomas Bell (then 19) had previously worked together when Struan stood in as drummer in Thomas’s former band, Far From Devils, for their final gig. Having decided to start a new venture, they promptly recruited former FFD bassist, Fearghas Lyall (then 17). They asked Struan’s younger brother, Lewis, to fill in on drums until they could find a full timer.

Lewis, then just 12, had been gigging for over two years with Struan and their older brother Ross, as hard core power trio, Civil Punk. He set the bar high and was ultimately confirmed as the full time drummer. They then focussed on finding a vocalist. After a number of try outs, former FFD singer, Grant Clark, joined but later decided it wasn’t for him. It was at this point that the older McFarlane, Ross (then 17), offered his services and was invited to try out. It worked, the line up was set and they settled on the name Airrade.

Struan and Thomas had set down a few songs by this time, with solid riffs influenced by the likes of ACDC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith and Motorhead. The band played their first gig in July 2017 at the Audio Club in Glasgow, with Struan and Ross sharing centre stage and bringing a touch of glam to the show.

Happy with the results, the gig was followed by shows in other Glasgow venues and in Inverness and the McFarlanes’ home town of Forres. In February 2018 their performance at the Inverness Ironworks venue captured the attention of social media site, Inverness Gigs, who described them as musically melding ACDC, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue and that they ‘visually go straight down the road of late eighties Glam Rock’. The site called them ‘brash, young and utterly without irony and perform with a tremendous amount of self belief’ . . . ‘these chaps are living and breathing their music and it really does work for them’ . . . ‘They are utterly ridiculous and brilliant with it. It’s a real pleasure to see a young band grab rock music by the bollocks and give it a proper shake.’

This review also criticised the band’s name, which prompted them to change it. Bad Actress released a live video of ‘Whiteline Adrenaline’ shot at the Ironworks show, and have recorded their first single, ‘Acting like an Animal’, due out later in 2018.

Mar
27
Wed
Drag Night
Mar 27 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 12:00 am

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Drag Night returns to Mad Hatters on Friday March 29th! Free Entry!

Be entertained by Lexi Lush a fun and bubbly entertainer with a splash of bette midler and a sprinkle of Joan rivers with comedy routines and stand up.

Featuring covers of pop’s greatest divas a guaranteed laugh out loud experience she will have you in stitches!

Followed by our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am.

Mar
29
Fri
Ali Levack with Craig Irvin and Ewan Baird
Mar 29 @ 9:30 am – Mar 30 @ 12:15 am

ali levack

To listeners, Ali Levack’s firebrand whistle playing sounds as though it owes as much to the influence of the great jazz wind players as it does to his roots in Scottish music. It’s a long way from the tradition in which he grew up, where learned his craft as a Highland bagpiper at the feet of masters. The mastery has translated; he pushes his instrument to new heights, with fiery improvisation and total virtuosity. Some bands/musicians who Ali plays and has played with include: Project Smok, Mischa Macpherson Band, Levack/Stewart/Irving, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar and many more. Joining Ali will be Charlie Stewart on bass and fiddle and Luc Macnally on guitar and vocals. Charlie is the winner of the 2017 BBC Young traditional Musician of the year award and is regarded as being one of the top jazz/traditional musicians in Scotland. He is in his final year of studying jazz at the Royal Conservertoire of Scotland and plays in several bands, including: Dosca, Snuffbox, Sketch, Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart and many more. Fellow band member of Charlie (‘Dosca’ and ’Snuffbox’) is guitarist and singer Luc Macnally. Luc’s versatile range and ability make him one of Scotland’s busiest and most sought after traditional accompanists. This is evident through some of the people and bands Luc performs with; Snuffbox, Dosca, Suas, Iona Grace Fyfe, Hannah Rarity and many more. Tonight the trio look to draw upon their eclectic mix and styles, to bring together a wide range of genres from strong Scottish traditional roots, to jazz influenced contemporary folk, whilst stopping off somewhere in between for a few songs and sing alongs!

Yung Fellas
Mar 29 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 30 @ 12:15 am

yung

 

Yung Fellas revisit the illustrious Hootanannys!

Yung Fellas are a trio of avant-garde neo trad bards from the Highlands; dancing and drams are guaranteed 🎉

Mar
30
Sat
Ezra
Mar 30 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 12:00 am

Ezra Logo White

 

4 piece band from Ross-Shire for all your favourite rock and roll covers.

Apr
5
Fri
The Comedy Bothy with Graham Mackie
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Calum MacPhail Trio
Apr 5 @ 9:30 pm

calum

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.

TH13VES/The Roov
Apr 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Apr
6
Sat
Schiehallion
Apr 6 @ 9:30 pm

Shiehallion

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.    

The Hostiles
Apr 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Hostiles

The Hostiles bring the upbeat energy of west coast US ska punk to the less-sunny climes of west coast Scotland. Their take is spirited and infectious, combining distorted guitars riffs, low-slung rhythms, in-your-face vocals and a two-pronged brass backbone of trumpet and trombone. It’s a formula that’s helped the five-piece build a strong reputation on the live circuit as an act to be reckoned with, good times guaranteed.

“Upbeat, effervescent, bouncy and danceable” -Punktastic

“Infectious and overflowing with energy”- Big Cheese Magazine

“Awesome!!” – Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish)

Apr
7
Sun
LIVE SCOTTISH SESSION. EVERY SUN-THURS. @ Hootananny
Apr 7 @ 9:30 pm

hootananny-music

SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION – EVERY SUNDAY-THURSDAY!

Join us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 2130 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.

Apr
8
Mon
LIVE SCOTTISH SESSION. EVERY SUN-THURS. @ Hootananny
Apr 8 @ 9:30 pm

hootananny-music

SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION – EVERY SUNDAY-THURSDAY!

Join us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 2130 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.

Apr
9
Tue
LIVE SCOTTISH SESSION. EVERY SUN-THURS. @ Hootananny
Apr 9 @ 9:30 pm

hootananny-music

SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION – EVERY SUNDAY-THURSDAY!

Join us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 2130 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.

Apr
10
Wed
LIVE SCOTTISH SESSION. EVERY SUN-THURS. @ Hootananny
Apr 10 @ 9:30 pm

hootananny-music

SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION – EVERY SUNDAY-THURSDAY!

Join us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 2130 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.

Apr
11
Thu
LIVE SCOTTISH SESSION. EVERY SUN-THURS. @ Hootananny
Apr 11 @ 9:30 pm

hootananny-music

SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION – EVERY SUNDAY-THURSDAY!

Join us at Hootananny for a live Scottish traditional music session, starting from 2130 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.

Apr
12
Fri
Skidaddle
Apr 12 @ 9:30 pm

Skidaddle

Skidaddle are a Scottish two-piece consisting of a highly experienced and reliable guitarist and fiddler – modern and traditional songs and ceilidh dances. This energetic duo will preform all the ceilidh songs you know and love, to keep you dancing in the heart of our Scottish bar.