THE north’s own musical community has come together to offer its support to the victims of November’s Clutha Bar tragedy.
The Clutha Bar is one of Glasgow’s best known music pubs and the venue was packed with music lovers on the evening of 29th November when a police helicopter crashed in to the bar, resulting in the deaths of the three occupants of the helicopter and seven pub goers.
Musicians and other performers across Scotland have responded to the tragedy with their time and talent, staging live shows, including a comedy night featuring such leading Scottish comics as Still Game star Ford Kiernan, Fred Macaulay, Janey Godley and Des Clarke, and releasing an album to help raise funds for the victims and their families.
Inverness performers are also showing their support.
The Market Bar held its own Clutha Appeal fundraiser last weekend with a mix of musicians, comedians and storytellers, some of whom have performed at the Clutha.
Now this weekend sees another popular Inverness music bar, Hootananny on Church Street, stage two nights of music on two floors to support the victims of the accident and the emergency services who dealt with the incident.
The Clutha Bar Fundraiser Weekend begins on Friday 3rd January and continues the following day with music in both Hootananny’s first floor Mad Hatters Bar and the top floor Bothy, and features some of the best known names on the Inverness music scene.
Hootananny’s music programmer Steve Robertson is pleased to be able to offer the Clutha Appeal the Inverness venue’s support, and will be appearing himself as part of rock band Kobi.
"Local DJ Dan Tierney, who regularly DJs at Mad Hatters, approached myself about Hoots doing something and along with local musician Barry MacFarlane we decided to host two night of music to raise money in Mad Hatters," Robertson explained.
"The response was so great from local musicians wanting to take part that we decided to have music in The Bothy as well and we now have 20 local acts taking part in the event.
"It’s been amazing the way all the local musicians have pulled together for not just this event for the Clutha, but also the event The Market Bar played host to on Saturday."
Doors open at 8pm on both nights. Entry is by donation, minimum £3, and the money raised will go towards families of the victims, the emergency services and the Clutha Bar itself.
Acts confirmed to be taking part are:
Friday 3rd January
Mad Hatters — Ashley and The Cosmonauts, Toby Michaels Rolling Damned, Silver Coast, Mir, Sara Bills & The Hasbeens.
The Bothy — Dylan Tierney, Dr Wook, Jemma Tweedie, Neon Knights, Emma Mitchell.
Saturday 4th January
Mad Hatters — Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Kobi, Naked Red, Dougie Burns & Al Lewis, The Ragazzi.
The Bothy — Josephine Sillars, Alan Turner, Douglas Scott, Craig Robertson, Caroline Truelove.
The live music will be followed by a DJ set from Dan Tierney on both nights until 3am.