Wow !! Ten years on eh. Hoota thought it – see what I did there ? Facking genius eh. Yes Hootananny Inverness celebrates 10 years in business next month.
I have many many many fond ‘memories’ of Hootananny, Mad Hatters and The Bothy. It had been open barely a few weeks when I first arrived in Inverness from the small village of Banff. Bright eyed and bushy tailed – a young slip of a teenage lad (37 actually). I have even played the hallowed stage at Mad Hatters as drummer with the Mystic Shoes while Dickie De La Bills was off being a Gay Polisman one Saturday evening. It may even have been one of the first gigs upstairs at Hoots – Im fairly sure it was the Mystics first time up there. Ill get Fergus to confirm or deny that at some point.
The comedy club upstairs at the Bothy was pretty good in its early days – Davie the Ghost was always an ‘interesting’ host. Shite at dealing with hecklers but always interesting. Chas and Dave were an early highlight for me but the best thing about Hoots, Hatters and The Bothy was the the new music you could (and still can) discover there. I saw Rachel Sermanni play one of her first gigs there which was pretty special – you knew this was someone with potential for great things. That still happens on a regular basis. More recently RM Hubbert, Jake Bugg have graced the stage as well as my current favourite from the crop of new music from round these parts, Duncan Overmeer.
We’re very very lucky in Inverness to have Hoots and my other favourite venue/boozer The Market Bar simply for the diversity of music they can put the man on the street (or propping up the bar) in touch with !! Christ – we even spent the afternoon after our wedding getting wankered in there with the other stragglers from our big day cos the ceilidh guys are on on a Saturday !! Perfect !
Anyhoo – enough of my sentimental shite. Theyve put on some music to celebramificate the 10th Anniversary of the venue. I have to say Im disapointed at the prospect of an acoustic set from Mystic Shoes and dont quite understand that strategy – theyve consistently raised the roof off Hatters and positively tear it a new asshole every Hogmanay for the past few years – personal preference there tho folks so dont nobody go taking no offence there. Im sure theres good reason for it what with them being ‘quite possibly the North’s top party band’ !! Delighted to see Shutter come back for another wee get together – no doubt Ill be working for that one. Heres the full line up and whats happening when along with the blurb from Hoots !!
Friday June 14th – Hootananny Session Band (Hoots)
Saturday June 15th – Skerryvore (Hoots)
Saturday June 15th – The O’s / Mystic Shoes Acoustic (Mad Hatters)
Sunday June 16th – Shutter / The Winter Tradition / Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders (Hoots)
Sunday June 16th – Ketimine Deco / The Manic Shine / Red Ronson (Mad Hatters)
“To celebrate Hootananny being open for 10 years the world famous bar on Church Street, Inverness will be hosting 3 nights of music between June 14th and 16th.
As this is the Hootananny 10th birthday party – it is going to be very special weekend. For the line up we are inviting our nearest and dearest to play – which means past Hootananny performers, regular touring artists and some local favourites thrown into the mix too.
On Friday June 14th a collaboration of locally based Scottish Traditional Musicians that host the regular live sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Hoots will get together to perform and you never know who might be joining them on the night!
On Saturday June 15th one of Scotland’s top celtic rock acts Skerryvore will return to Hootananny as special guests for the Ten Years of Hoots Mini-festival, the band performed at Hootananny very early in their career before taking Festivals such as Belladrum and Loopallu by storm and packing people into the likes of Ironworks and the Strathpeffer Pavilion.
Upstairs that night in Mad Hatters live music will come from award winning Texas duo The O’s who have made Hoots their highland home with regular visits to the bar every time they visit the UK. Also in Mad Hatters quite possibly the North’s top party band Mystic Shoes will doing a special acoustic set.
Always a champion of both emerging acts and local bands Hootananny will have jam packed night across two floors on Sunday June 16th with local favourites Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders and Red Ronson, touring bands The Winter Tradition and The Manic Shine and for one night only the return of two of Inverness’s most popular local acts Shutter and Ketimine Deco.
All events for The Ten Years of Hoots Mini-Festival are free entry with more bands to be announced shortly.
Hootananny has been promoting Scottish Traditional music for 10 years since opening it’s doors in June 2003 with the idea of taking music out of the village halls and into the city of Inverness. In 2004 it expanded by opening it’s second floor Mad Hatters which has become a firm part of the tour circuit for emerging contemporary talent.”
For more info on Hootananny please visit www.hootananny.co.uk