Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs is celebrating the 5th year of their Great Irish Hooley event. Hooley is Irish slang for party or celebration. The event always takes place over the Labor Day weekend; this year’s dates are September 2-5.
Guests can enjoy authentic Irish food, craft beer and cocktails, all to the sounds of Irish music and dance. A new “Rhythms of Raglan” show has been developed for this year. The 90-minute music and dance show was directed by David Hayes (Riverdance, The Voice: Ireland Edition) and choreographed by Michael Donnellan (Lord of the Dance). The show plays at 4:00pm on September 2 and 1:00 and 4:00pm on September 3, 4, and 5.
There are several Irish bands and musicians performing over the weekend, with a mix of family-friendly and late-night performances.
- Screaming Orphans – Four sisters from Bundoran in County Donegal sing traditional Ceili music fused with pop and rock.
- Jake Richardson – From Dublin, this singer-songwriter showcases his unique vocals and style.
- Flat Out – This award-winning four-piece band hails from the West of Ireland. They play a mix of folk, traditional, pop, and New World music using the Irish harp, guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion, and bodhran.
- Marianne Fraser Band – Marianne is a guitarist and songwriter, who is accompanied by a fiddle, whistle and pipes in their blend of traditional and modern songs.
- Swingin’ On the Gate – This four-piece band comes form Lisdoonvarna in County Clare. They have blended traditional and classical styles to create their own award-winning sound.
- The Raglan Roots Coalition – Raglan Road’s house band plays Celtic bluegrass with a funky roots sound.
- The High Road – Young Irish musicians who formed the group in University, they play British folk, blues, soul, and Irish traditional music.
- Cooney & Ryan – Traditional Irish music duo who often invites the crowd to sing along.
- The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – The house dancers will perform throughout the weekend and even teach the crowd some traditional Irish dance steps. In addition to learning the dances, kids will also enjoy the Celtic face-painting.
The Great Irish Hooley begins at noon on Friday, September 2 and ends at last call Monday, September 5.
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