What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
Franco are a fabulously entertaining, young, contemporary and versatile band with outstanding vocals coming to Mad Hatters to perform for you!
Mixing phenomenal musicianship with professional experience; classic tunes from the 60’s to present day, Franco play from an extensive repertoire with something for everyone to enjoy. Door from 2130 til late!
We then have DJ Bobby to carry the night up until 0300 to play you the best in rock, pop and indie. Free entry for all!
Spring Break are a vaguely outrageous, psychedelic 3 piece folk funk outfit, hand crafting screwball anthems deep in the Highlands of Scotland. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship, whilst fusing the hip hop languages of scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life.
Following the performance, our resident DJ will play you music right up until 3am!
Scotland’s finest covers band who celebrate women in music are coming all the way up to Inverness (and why not) to entertain the good Invernetians with their unique set of covers. Expect anything from Chaka Khan to Carly Simon to Alanis Morisette to Girls Aloud…I kid you not. Not to be missed.
An all original Band featuring Susanna Wolfe, Garry Reynold, Les MacPherson and Jim Hawkins
Support from Dylan Tierney.
Read this article courtesy of Inverness Gigs about what to expect after the two acts played recently.
Rock gods The Man from Delmonte are the most exciting band to launch onto the UK wedding and events scene for a generation. Their set list is a great mash of the best rock / pop covers from the last 50 years, all delivered with energy and style.
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Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobra. They have developed a unique and original signature sound, that is unmistakably Harbottle and Jonas.
They have received plaudits from folk icons including Seth & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Lankum, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Their music had been streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries and they have also played a gig with Martin Carthy. Well travelled across the UK and playing up to 200 gigs each year, Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit. Dave & Freya will be leading the folk course at The Internationally renowned Dartington Summer School this year.
‘Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements 9/10’ – Americana UK
‘Disarmingly honest and spine-tingling moments’ – R2
Kris Lannen & Richard Trethewey:
Kris Lannen & Richard Trethewey are a folk duo that formed through playing together in the Cornish Cletic Folk band, The Grenaways. Both are prolific, award winning song writers who’s songs mine the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf of Cornwall where they add a sense of their own ties to the region and especially it’s Celtic heritage.
They are rootsy storytellers, unique in the folk style, with songs that are rich in nautical undertones, influenced so much by the sea, its people and coastal living.
THE RAH’S are a 4 piece Rock band from Prestonpans, Scotland
Jack Mc Leod (guitar/vocals)
Jordan Mc Intyre (guitar/b.vocals)
Lee Brown (Bass/b.vocals)
Neale Gray (drums)
Over the past couple of years THE RAH’S have been busy writing and recording and releasing original material at the highest level . Now beginning to turn heads in the music business from LA to London and beyond, its one review better than the other in music press right across the world ,THE RAH’S are not about following trends, they are about setting new ones.
Stick about for our resident DJ until 3am!
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.
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.
4 piece band from Ross-Shire for all your favourite rock and roll covers.
“Upbeat, effervescent, bouncy and danceable” -Punktastic
“Infectious and overflowing with energy”- Big Cheese Magazine
“Awesome!!” – Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish)
Ashley and The Cosmonauts are a 5 piece Highland based folk rock group fronted by Ashley Mackay.
Previous highlights include appearances at Belladrum Festival and Jocktoberfest amongst other festivals.
Born in Cameroon and given a local name, Moteh Parrott (short for Mnkongmoteh) is a Scottish artist with a distinctive modern indie-folk-rock sound, complementing reflective, uplifting lyrics with raw electric guitar and cello. His music has been described as having a sound comparable with “…a Highland wilderness with all the sweeping colour and spirit which that encompasses.” (leedsmusicscene.net). The self-produced ‘Afterglow’ Acoustic EP was released in late 2018, and Moteh is currently working towards his first album, having released three EPs with his previous band, Red Kites.