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.

Jun
23
Thu
Ted Christopher @ Hootananny
Jun 23 @ 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”

Jun
24
Fri
Ross Miller Trio
Jun 24 @ 9:30 pm

Ross Miller

Ross Miller hails from Linlithgow, West Lothian where he is the official Town Piper. He studied Bagpipes, Scots Song and Whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In July 2017 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Traditional Music – Piping. Ross was a finalist in the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.

A World Champion piper, Ross began piping aged 7 and was the Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He competed with the world famous Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band for many years. He is now a member the Grade 1 Inveraray and District Pipe Band. Also a successful solo piper, he competes regularly around the Highland Games in Scotland and further afield.

See Ross Miller play Hootananny accompanied by two fantastic traditional musicians!

Jun
25
Sat
Craig Robertson – Late Night at Hoots
Jun 25 @ 12:30 am

Craig Robertson

A singer songwriter from the highlands of Scotland.
Focusing on his performance over the years he really has a unique and professional performance.
Craig has created a set list of well known songs to suit all tastes!
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Jun 25 @ 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!

Craig Robertson
Jun 25 @ 5:30 pm

Craig Robertson

A singer songwriter from the highlands of Scotland.
Focusing on his performance over the years he really has a unique and professional performance.
Craig has created a set list of well known songs to suit all tastes!
Jun
26
Sun
Willie Campbell – Late Night at Hoots @ Hootananny
Jun 26 @ 12:30 am

Willie Campbell was the frontman of Glasgow indie rockers Astrid, foot soldier with The Reindeer Section and a man around the bars of the city in the late 1990’s. When the lifestyle and business of music got too much Willie retreated to the place he had once been glad to escape and sought refuge and solace on his native Lewis.

Willie Campbell will perform a selection of popular covers!

Calum Macphail and Friends @ Hootananny
Jun 26 @ 9:30 pm

Calum Macphail

Accordionist studying from a very young age.  Composer,  originally from Fort William now resides in Inverness. When not playing you can see him swing a Caman for Glen Urquhart’s  Shinty Team.

Jun
27
Mon
Calum Macphail and Friends @ Hootananny
Jun 27 @ 9:30 pm

Calum Macphail

Accordionist studying from a very young age.  Composer,  originally from Fort William now resides in Inverness. When not playing you can see him swing a Caman for Glen Urquhart’s  Shinty Team.

Jun
28
Tue
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Jun 28 @ 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.

Jun
29
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Jun 29 @ 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.

Jul
1
Fri
Netsounds presents Michael Cassidy
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm

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Michael Cassidy’s ear-pleasing brogue Scottish voice has always been front and centre of his music, and with I Am Free, the opening track and lead single from his new album, he returns with just that – voice front and centre. Complimented superbly by soaring harmonies, he ponders the nature of beauty, life, and life lived through the journey of a metamorphosing caterpillar. The track rouses warmly as a solitary organ drone builds beneath Michael’s musing voice, reconciling life’s plans gone awry with the need for patience.

With producer Chris McCrory (Catholic Action, Siobhan Wilson, wojtek the bear, Annie Booth) at the helm the track undergoes the aforementioned metamorphosis as violin swirls the air, each note hanging and gliding; a butterfly free to fly.

One further verse sees Michael exclaim, joyfully and thankfully, “I am free”, a sentiment anyone constrained by their past can share.

FFO: Ben Howard, Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright

Winner of the inaugural Gerry Rafferty Prize for Songwriting, 2012
Winner of Best Acoustic SAMA Award, 2016
Previous support slots with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Amy McDonald, Frightened Rabbit and Rachel Sermanni.

“Wholesome guitar and impressive voice” – The Skinny
“Mindblowing” – The Influences
“Michael has [an] ability to elevate guitar/piano and voice into something expansive.” – HeardNotHerd

Jul
2
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Jul 2 @ 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!

Jul
4
Mon
Calum Macphail and Friends @ Hootananny
Jul 4 @ 9:30 pm

Calum Macphail

Accordionist studying from a very young age.  Composer,  originally from Fort William now resides in Inverness. When not playing you can see him swing a Caman for Glen Urquhart’s  Shinty Team.

Jul
5
Tue
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Jul 5 @ 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.

Jul
6
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Jul 6 @ 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.

Jul
9
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Jul 9 @ 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!