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“Great Irish Hooley” Returns to Raglan Road at Disney Springs for 8th Year Over Labor Day Weekend 2019

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The Great Irish Hooley will be back at Raglan Road in Disney Springs over Labor Day Weekend from August 30th – September 2nd, 2019! The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30th, 2019 and runs until late on September 2nd. The event is a great time, there is no cover charge and includes the fantastic entertainment that Raglan Road is known for (and more). There is a craft beer collaboration with the local Crooked Can Brewing, and the Rollicking Raglan Brunch will also be available from Saturday –  Monday (Labor Day). Read below for more information!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Central Florida’s rip-roaring, toe-tapping, high-voltage boutique Irish music festival will serve up a colorful live playlist of traditional Irish, Celt grass, folk, blues and soul Aug. 30-Sept. 2 during the 8th Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. There’s no cover charge to join the fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Never heard of a “hooley?” It’s an old Gaelic term for a party with music and entertainment with fun for the whole family. The Great Irish Hooley will include Celtic face painting, Hooley-crafted cocktails plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team. The pub also will introduce a new local craft beer collaboration with Crooked Can Brewing: the Devil’s Foot Blackberry Golden Ale. And Raglan Road also will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2. 

            This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include: 

Billow Wood – Playing Irish and U.S. music festivals, this four-piece band fuses its unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies for a blend of Irish and folk music.  The band, which released its long-play  album, “Can You See Me” – available for streaming and downloading on Spotify and other music sites – will have everyone tapping along to its bass and drums.

Strings & Things – Before returning to Raglan Road this summer, the original Irish folk/trad four-piece band Strings & Things toured in London and throughout Ireland with their own original sound and a variety of crossover songs featured on their first original album, “Turbulence.”

High Time – This fresh new trio from Connemara, Ireland, combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience. The band rocks an energetic statement with its instrumental line-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhran, guitar and vocals – as well as some Irish dance steps thrown in!

TradGad — Three talented musicians from Kerry, Dublin, Colin Foley (guitar, vocals); Fionn Morrison (Uilleann pipes, whistles); and Ciara Ni Bhrian (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bazouki, charm Raglan Road audiences with their vibrant performances.

Maca – Two Irish sister-musician-songwriters dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” are rocking Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent.  Saoise Carty (guitar,vocals) and Naoise Carty (fiddle, vocals) are from Wexford, Ireland. 

The Rolling Wave  –  Stephen & Abby are one of the finest traditional Irish music duos around.  These accomplished, energetic musicians work their crowd for some lively audience participation.

Atlantic Bridge – These accomplished musicians blend their rich musical backgrounds to create a fresh, exciting mix of country, folk and Irish trad music.

The Raglan Road Irish Dancers — Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the Great Irish Hooley.  You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary!