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
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.

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).

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).

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!

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.

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.
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.

Mar
27
Fri
Nick Firth And Friends
Mar 27 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 28 @ 12:15 am

 

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

Mar
28
Sat
THE TRAD BAND
Mar 28 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 29 @ 12:15 am
Apr
10
Fri
The Mad Ferret Band
Apr 10 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 11 @ 12:00 am

mad ferret

 

Mad-Ferret 2

 

The Mad Ferret Band 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.

The Duo features Chris Woods on Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals and Sandy Stirton on Guitar, Cajon and Vocals.

Based in Perth, Scotland they are an extremely hard working band having played an average of 180 gigs a year across the U.K. and Europe. Since forming in 2012 they have been honing their music by playing the pub and small venue scene. They look to be even busier in 2015, with more festival performances and European tours on the way.

Notable gigs include; Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2014, Northern Roots Festival 2014 & 2015, Montrose Music Festival, Mull Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Perth Concert Hall 2014, multiple European tours in Switzerland.

Apr
11
Sat
Schiehallion
Apr 11 @ 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.    

Apr
17
Fri
Calum MacPhail Trio
Apr 17 @ 9:30 pm

 

 

calum macphail

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.

Apr
18
Sat
Ted Christopher @ Hootananny
Apr 18 @ 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”

May
2
Sat
Nick Firth and Friends
May 2 @ 9:30 pm – May 3 @ 12:15 am

trad band

 

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

May
15
Fri
Ross Hull & Nicky Kirk
May 15 @ 9:30 pm – May 16 @ 12:30 am

3C92C77A-75B3-410B-A242-04F63732253BRoss and Nicky began playing tunes together whilst living on the Isle of South Uist and share a passionate interest in Scottish and Irish music.

Ross hails from North-East Scotland and takes his influence from a wide range of musicians which has left him with a nuanced yet powerful fiddle style, equally comfortable playing a 2/4 March or a fast pipe reel.

Nicky is a founding member of Scottish Folk band Eabhal and grew up playing Irish and Northumbrian music. Now a convert to Gaelic music he has spent the past few years touring with Eabhal, performing his driving guitar style to audiences throughout Europe and beyond.

Jun
12
Fri
The Teuchtereers
Jun 12 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 13 @ 12:30 am

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The Teuchtereers are a busking and pub folk group based in the East of Glasgow, Scotland, playing folk tunes from all over these dreich and dreary islands.