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.

Feb
5
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Feb 5 @ 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!

The Absolute Jam
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm

The Jam

The Absolute Jam are coming to rock Mad Hatters! Scotland’s Tribute to The Jam capture the authentic raw energy and sound of The Jam’s early punk roots in addition to playing a full range of songs from The Jam’s back catalogue.

Playing everything from In The City, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, Eton Rifles & The Modern World to some album tracks and B sides they are guaranteed to please both the avid Jam fan as well as those only familiar with the hits. This is one show you do not want to miss. That’s Entertainment!!

Doors 8 pm! Early arrival recommended!

Ruaridh Maclean
Feb 5 @ 9:00 pm

RUARIDIH MAC

Don’t miss the manic energy of one of the best accordion players in the Highlands! Fresh from supporting Peat & Diesel on their UK tour!

Playing Scottish ceilidh music, as well as a wide range of covers. Including ACDC, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, Fratellis and Dr Hook.

Black Rock Ceilidh @ Hootananny
Feb 5 @ 9:30 pm

Black Rock

From acoustic intimacy to full on electric ceilidh, original material and choice covers BlackRock Ceilidh are bringing their brand of Ceilidh to the Highlands, Islands & beyond. From small acoustic gigs to ceilidh’s, parties, weddings, galas, games & festivals.

Blackrock Ceilidh have been lucky enough to play all over the UK and feature in The Islay festival of music and malts, Barrafest, The Hebcelt fringe and Belladrum Festival.

 

Feb
9
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Feb 9 @ 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.

Feb
10
Thu
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Feb 10 @ 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.

Feb
11
Fri
AC & Friends
Feb 11 @ 9:30 pm

AC

Steeped in the folk music of the Shetland Islands from a young age, Arthur was brought up in a house where traditional music was on the menu everyday!
He showed interest from an early age and at 7 took his first fiddle lesson. Upon starting secondary school Arthur was offered a place at the prestigious ‘Aberdeen City Music School’ where he studied fiddle and piano. It was during his time at ‘ACMS’, through bands like ‘La Bottine Souriante’, ‘Le Vent du Nord’, ‘De Temps Antan’ that he would realise his calling for Quebecois traditional music.

Arthur has made big inroads in his first two years. An in demand session musician both for his skills as an accompanist and as a fiddler,

Feb
12
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Feb 12 @ 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!

Graeme Mackay
Feb 12 @ 9:30 pm

A7BA1460-1F46-41B8-96ED-A129685F93F9Graeme has been a touring musician most of his life and has traveled all over Europe, Russia & Kazakhstan.  He is billed as the Scottish music ambassador for Cyprus, making 3-4 regular trips every year.

He climbed through the competitive ranks acheiving the national championship status twice in Scotland and 2nd place in the accordion masters championship along with multiple awards for button key accordion classes. 

But he is at home more on the stage, entertaining people from all over the world.

From energetic dances, to chill out and relaxing, you are sure to be entertained by all that he has to offer in a performance.

Feb
16
Wed
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Feb 16 @ 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.

Feb
17
Thu
Scottish Traditional Music Session @ Hootananny
Feb 17 @ 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.

Feb
18
Fri
Damaged Goodz & Butterscotch
Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm

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Join Scottish Hip Hop icons Damaged Goodz and Butterscotch along with DJ ZEENY for Rey launch of Brothers From Another Planet!

Support from local performers IntelliGents & TisTik!

Free Entry and music from 9 pm.

Ceilidh Dance Night with Full Tilt Ceilidh Band
Feb 18 @ 9:30 pm

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The Full Tilt Ceilidh Band play Traditional tunes and songs along with some helpful tips on how to do highland dancing correctly for beginners.

A great evening of Scottish music and craic!

 

Feb
19
Sat
Super Ceilidh with Iain Joseph MacDonald & Erik Spence @ Hootananny
Feb 19 @ 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!

James Brown is Annie
Feb 19 @ 9:00 pm

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The funkiest & most soulful band in Scotland play a well overdue return to Mad Hatters on Saturday February 19th.

Free entry! Band onstage at 9 pm!

Davy Cowan @ Hootananny
Feb 19 @ 9:30 pm

Davy Cowan’s songs encapsulate the essence of many of the stories and situations that have inspired him over the years: people, places, old memories, faces; journeys on trains, ferries, planes – and a clapped out converted Ford Transit minibus.

The red morning sky; thunder clouds over the Cromarty Firth & her rusting meccano set oil rigs, casting their menacing shadows across the shores beneath them.

With his son Sam they have been entertaining many across the country and abroad including a recent slot opening for Peat and Diesel at the legendary Barrowland in Glasgow.