Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Raglan Road’s “Great Irish Hooley” over Labor Day Weekend with craft beer, cool cocktails, authentic Irish food and a brand-new live show called “Rhythms of Raglan”. The “Great Irish Hooley” festival signifies the half-way point to St. Patrick’s Day and what better place to celebrate than at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs!
Taking place September 2-5, 2016 over the long Labor Day Weekend, this music-festival-meets-festive-food soiree mixes authentic Irish entertainment with some of the best bites and sips this side of the Emerald Isle. The fun begins at noon on Friday, September 2nd and runs through last call the following Monday.
There is a nice mix of family-friendly offerings and late-night performance so there is something for everyone to enjoy. There will even be Celtic face-painting available Saturday through Monday. Below are a few of the acts that will be performing during the “Great Irish Hooley.”
Screaming Orphans – Four talented sisters from Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland, combine original pop/rock music with the Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music of their family roots. Their dynamic show has taken the festival circuit by storm.
Jake Richardson – Jake is a singer-songwriter and musician from Dublin whose passion for music inspires audiences as he entertains with unique vocals and catchy songs.
Flat Out – Flat Out is an award winning four-piece band from the West of Ireland that plays an exciting mix of folk, traditional, pop and New World music. Band members are all multi-instrumentalists combining Irish harp, guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion, bodhran. They play fresh original music along with funky cover music and have been playing and travelling the world since 2013.
Marianne Fraser Band – Marianne is one of the most sought after guitarists and songwriters on the Irish music scene who is ably supported by Danny Hunter on fiddle and Ali Levack on whistles and pipes. The band performs a high-energy mix of traditional and modern tunes along with Marianne’s own compositions.
Swingin’ On the Gate – This four-piece band of multi-instrumentalists with roots in legendary Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare have serious crossover credentials and musical pedigree including traditional and classical training. They are multiple medal winners at Fleadhs music competitions and have toured in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
The Raglan Roots Coalition – 10 years down the road, Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style, with this new Irish house band. Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats.
The High Road – These young, traditional Irish musicians met in University in Ireland. A predominately Irish traditional group, they also play British folk, blues and soul, and their combined talents provide for a vibrant, exciting live show of music and song.
Cooney & Ryan – One of the finest traditional Irish music duos around, these accomplished, energetic musicians often invite the crowd to sing along.
The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Dancers perform throughout the long Hooley weekend. You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary!
Rythms of Raglan – This 90 minute live show will take place on September 2 at 4p.m. and on September 3, 4, and 5 at both 1p.m. and 4p.m. It is a spectacle of music and dance that was produced in Ireland and directed by David Hayes of “Riverdance” and “The Voice: Ireland Edition.” The show was choreographed in part by Michael Donnellan, famous for his work in “Lord of the Dance.”
If you’ll be at Walt Disney World Resort over Labor Weekend then be sure to stop by Raglan Road and join in the “Great Irish Hooley” festivities. For the full entertainment schedule, visit www.raglanload.com and www.greatirishhooley.com closer to the event.
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