Carnivale rolls up to Mad Hatters

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Carnivale night to be launched at Mad Hatters, Inverness on November the 29th with Iain MacLaughlin, Jeep Solid, Matchstick Maker and Northeastern sunrise.

We have seen a few different approaches this year at Mad Hatters as the venue threw us a few curveballs and re-invented the typical gig night format.

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Over the summer Iain MacLaughlin and the Outsiders hosted their club nights, and now Netsounds are running a successful series of Takeover nights. They have now taken it a stage further with the exciting launch of Carnivale on November 29th.
Inspired by popular London music venue The Bedford the night will be split into 2 acts with an interval and have 4 live performers playing with each performer playing 2 or 3 songs in both acts.

So who can we expect to see on the inaugural night

Matchstick Maker

Matchstick Maker is described on their own blog as “…. a band-of-sorts based just off the edge of the map in the NW Highlands of Scotland. Making mostly folkish music from within the walls of a small 100-yr-old cottage near the shore.” From the NW Highlands to the Highland capital, Matchstick Maker has been picking a few admirers on his journey

Iain McLaughlin

Iain needs little introduction with an array of gigs and festival performances with his Outsiders, and even had time to have an album launch before a packed Ironworks at the beginning of the year. Iain packs a mean solo set and the night will give him ample opportunity to enhance his reputation

Jeep Solid

His colourful tale of the “Kaleidoscope DRAMATIQUE!” started way back in 1965-66! With a rock ‘n roll revelation, fast forward to the present day and record label KFM are delighted to present “Fake Sugar”, Jeep’s forthcoming album, a collection of new material, singles, radio sessions and demos spanning 40 years.

Jeep Solid will be joined at Carnivale by the sublime piano playing of Andy May, Scotland’s first call pianist whose long list of past collaborators includes Marianne Faithful, Justin Currie(Del Amitri) and Jack Bruce (Cream)

Northeastern Sunrise

Fourth act in the collection are Northeast Sunrise. Originating from Ross-shire in the North East of the Scottish Highlands, they describe themselves as a 3-piece in the acoustic genre who write their own songs. Someone once described their music as ‘Chilled out poetic songs from the heart’.

A warm up DJ set will be performed on the night by Clever Hans playing everything from 8 bit rap to nu-disco

If you want to re-live the night you will be pleased to know that Carnivale performances will also be filmed with the performances to be archived on to a soon to be launched Carnivale youtube channel.

Doors are at 8.00 pm with first performance on the night starting at 8.45 pm.

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Frank Finlayson
Frank Finlayson
Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy. A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre. Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy. You can contact Frank direct via