What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
THE BROKEN RAVENS with support from TWISTER and LITTLE HANDS OF SILVER
TBR are a 5 piece hard rock band, based in Stornoway and formed in 2014.
At the moment they are finishing mastering their latest EP, recorded in Laurel Canyon(Los Angeles) at Danny Hutton’s (Three Dog Night) Canyon Hut home studio.
Danny’s son Dash (HIAMS) and Charles Clark (Astrid/Our Lunar Activities) produced the recording, which was then sent to Grammy Award winning producer Simon Gogerly (U2, Paloma Faith) to mix.
The band have been to the US twice playing venues like The Whisky a Go Go, The Viper Room and The Canyon Club to very warm receptions, and have a small tour in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Orange County & San Diego of around five shows lined up for next Spring along with various other opportunities in the US.
The band will also be returning to Bulgaria, Eastern Europe where they headlined the Midalidare main stage alongside Rock giants Dee Snider, Doro and Gotthard, leaving lasting impressions and appearing on National TV as well as featured on prime time radio.
The bands debut EP was released in February last year, with a track synced to Team Rock (Metal Hammer), featured in IQ magazine, The Scotsman, STV news and on BBC radio. Adrenaline PR serviced all PR for the sync and release.
Their endeavours even caught the attention of Rod Smallwood (Iron Maiden) who noted how tight the band was, going as far as to note tracks he particularly liked from the bands first release.
So be sure to check them out in Inverness at Mad Hatters for what is sure to be a great show!
Twister – Twister are a high energy Rock band of the highest order. Their anthemic songs are bursting at the seams with soaring guitars, gripping and unforgettable melodies, and unbeatable choruses. These 4 North-East Lads are absolutely going for it, and you can see just how passionate they are in their live performances! If you haven’t seen them live yet, make it a priority as you will not forget the name Twister!
Twister have sold out O2 Academy 2’s and other venues around the country on their last headline tour for their latest album release ‘Combined State of Mind’. Well gigged and ready to go at the drop of a hat, Twister have played alongside huge names such as Status Quo, Bumblefoot (Guns ‘n’ Roses), Jools Holland, Texas, Scouting For Girls, Electric Six, Simple Minds and many, many more!
“These are my ones to watch!”- Johnny Doom, Kerrang! Radio “I love all of your original material!”- Francis Rossi, Status Quo “A skill for writing witty, memorable Rock tracks. Excellent anthems. Very strong, with just the right mixture of rawness, showmanship and technical precision ensuring they had the crowd clapping and singing along, leaving a lasting impression.”- Surface Unsigned
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.
The Local Honeys are comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs. Stokley (right) from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, and Hobbs (left) from the foothills of the Appalachian region have developed a sweet sound of the bluegrass kissing the mountains.
They have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music. Their songwriting often reflects subject matter that little girls ought not talk about. This element played a strong impact in the production and creation of their debut album, “Little Girls Actin’ Like Men.”
Including both traditional and original songs, “Little Girls” showcases the Honey’s ability to tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story.
The Honeys are ideal for private events, festivals, square dances, music camps, weddings, and capable of leading various workshops on Kentucky stylings of the fiddle and banjo, vocal techniques and songwriting. The Local Honeys have toured heavily across the Southeast and the U.S. as well as internationally as ambassadors of Appalachian music. If scheduling is cooperative, The Local Honeys are available as a duo, trio, or full string band to add even more energy to their lively show.
Phil’s comedy is a unique blend of energy, improvisation and leaps of imagination that take his audience on a joyride they’ll never forget. Even Phil has no idea what might happen when he unleashes his crazy brand of improvised comedy mayhem. He possesses the rare gift of creating a space where audiences feel like they are kids again, all taking part in a practical joke.
Phil launched his stand-up comedy career with a bang in 1989, quickly garnering a host of awards, nominations and glowing reviews. Since then, the plaudits have never stopped as he conquered first the live stage and then television, with appearances on such shows as Phil Kay Feels, (Ch 4), Next Stop Phil Kay (Ch 4), Edinburgh Nights (BBC1), Montreal Festival of Fun (Ch 5) and plenty more besides.
Phil’s first love, however, remains live stage work and only by watching his live performances will audiences really see him at his very best. Phil Kay is stand-up comedy’s answer to spontaneous human combustion a rare, explosive and always surprising phenomenon that simply cannot be contained in a box or represented on a cathode tube. Phil tours Britain constantly and is a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he performs yearly to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim. Over the years he has completed several highly successful tours of Australia, performing at the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals. Since then, he has travelled the length and breadth of the globe administering his special blend of comedy genius.
This Machine are an Inverness super group formed from the ashes of The Rites, Echo 20 and RAAR. With an impressive list of gigs under their belt, including performances at Belladrum Festival, Jocktoberfest & Woodzstock!
Support comes from Ramanan Ritual a truly eclectic group of individuals making their Mad Hatters debut. Following the performance from both bands, we will have our resident DJ Beatz playing until 0300 to keep you dancing.
Doors open 2130! Entry? FREE!
Stetsonhead are a self described Country Trash band from Inverness. A band full of experience and talent including, Ali Dooner, Craig Aitkinhead,Willie MacAskill and Robin Abbot.
Alternative, Pop Rock band from Elgin, Scotland consisting of local lads, Scott Ramsay on Vocals and Guitar, William Moir on Vocals and Percussion and Daniel Pearson on Vocals and Guitar. They started out in the summer of 2014 and have been playing small venues from bars to festivals around the North of Scotland since then. Mostly performing as a 3 piece acoustic act, the band have been writing and playing original music as well as covers during that time and have released their debut EP “Dance with me” on September 2nd, 2018, which contains 4 of the tracks they regularly play live. The band are joined by local musicians, Callum Ord and Craig Sim on bass and drums to play the occasional larger venue where the original songs really come to life with a full band.
With support from Katie Hurt Band.
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!