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New “Rhythms of Raglan 2018” Show Debuts at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs

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An all-new stage show just debuted at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs, called Rhythms of Raglan 2018. Raglan Road has been a big draw for great food and entertainment at Walt Disney World over the years since it opened in 2005, and Rhythms of Raglan 2018 promises nearly 4 hours of new content. Every visit to Raglan Road is a unique experience from the last. The restaurant was built in Ireland before being re-assembled here, so every visit is not only unique but authentic. The new show includes bands and dancers that just arrived here from Ireland! Read below for more information.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 2018) – An all-new Rhythms of Raglan 2018 suite of stage shows comprising nearly four hours of original content, music, dance, choreography and banter debuts this summer at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. Just arrived in Orlando from Irish turf, multiple new bands and dancers are wowing pub guests with the musical story of Ireland from its ancient roots to modern times performed against a colorful backdrop of original video production.

The pub’s multi-award-winning companies of musicians and dancers provide first-class entertainment choreographed to take you on an authentic cultural journey that’s both “lyrical and rollicking,” according to Raglan Road show director David Hayes.

“That journey will take us from Ireland’s Ancient East, across the Atlantic to Newfoundland and down the coast to the mountains and seashores,” said Hayes, former Riverdance music and production director and musical director for all five series of RTE’s “The Voice.” “The shows will feature a progression of material from these early interactions of peoples, sweeping us quickly through to the most contemporary of Irish traditional musical content and ideas, all topped off with dance routines that punch and float in equal measure.”

It’s been two years since Raglan Road launched the Rhythms of Raglan and One Heck of a Hooley productions featuring the very best Irish talent.  Against the pub stage’s stunning video backdrop, guests enjoy lively entertainment with crisp acoustics every day of the week.  The new shows are performed each evening on the pub’s Grand Room stage. 

Additional music and dance performances take place in the pub’s two other dining rooms and on the Raglan Road patio, and also from noon to 3 p.m. during the weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch. There is no cover charge to enjoy Raglan Road entertainment.

The Rhythms of Raglan 2018 musical journey takes guests from Ireland’s Ancient East into the early 20th century with cultural stops at rocky tombs, cottages, castles and scenic overlooks and across the sea to Newfoundland in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Later musical stops across Ireland in the 1920s, ‘40s and ‘60s to today are illustrated in vivid murals and montages projected as a vivid backdrop for the show’s cast.  Marvel at these Raglan Road fun facts about this year’s exciting new production:

4 new shows throughout each evening, plus a new weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch show

16 musicians (11 new and 5 returning musicians, including two Scots)

1 “absolutely cracking” new Raglan Road dance troupe with 8 new Irish dancers and one troupe veteran, many who have toured the world

16 new dance routines and 14 new songs

55 new pieces of musical content from songs and instrumentals to jigs and reels that show the journey of Irish music throughout the world from Trad to Celtic Rock to Funk, Latin, Bluegrass

A suite of stage shows telling the musical and visual stories of Ireland’s culture that spans thousands of years from ancient times to today

A brand-new tech department and 3 new engineers

2 video production designers whose vibrant set pieces include a black-and-white musical hero tableau through the ages that include Luke Kelly, Van Morrison, The Dubliners, Sinead O’Conner, U2 and many more

Nearly 70 hours per week of live Raglan Road entertainment – 80 hours on the Grand Room stage, 80 on the patio, plus additional performances in the Raglan Room and Music Room

“This is a serious new chapter in our continuing drive to present world-class and utterly authentic entertainment on a daily basis for our guests,” Hayes said.

Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist.  The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando.  Live entertainment nightly and during weekend brunch includes Irish house band Raglan Roots Coalition, plus the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.  Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300. Follow us @RaglanRoadPub