Central Florida’s boutique Irish music festival returns to serve up traditional Irish, Celt grass, folk, blues, and soul this Labor Day Weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs.
From Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, the Great Irish Hooley will host performances by nine Irish bands and the new Raglan Road Irish Dance Troupe, starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. Indoor shows on the pub’s Grand Room stage will feature video choreography and crisp acoustics.
Paired alongside contemporary Irish cuisine, local and national craft beers, new hand-crafted cocktails featuring Wild Irish syrups and plenty of entertainment, the Great Irish Hooley promises high-energy fun for all ages.
A traditional Irish social celebration, the “Hooley” combines music with entertainment and fun at no cover charge. The Hooley will also feature Celtic face-painting throughout the festival.
This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include:
- JigJam – The multi-award-winning Irish quartet will bring their brand of “CeltGrass,” blending the best of traditional Irish music with Americana and Bluegrass (Friday – Monday).
- Lisa Canny Band – Lisa Canny, 7-time All-Ireland champion on banjo and harp, blends pop and hip-hop with traditional Irish rhythms (Saturday – Monday).
- Billow Wood – Formerly known as Flat Out when they played Raglan Road in 2016, this four-piece band fuses instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies for a blend of Irish and folk music (Monday).
The Raglan Road Irish Dancers will perform throughout the Great Irish Hooley. Champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, Raglan Road’s show choreographer, will host a workshop that traces the start of Irish dance, from the earliest jigs and reels through contemporary times.
Additional musical acts throughout the weekend will include:
- Reel Republic – From the southwest corner of Ireland, Reel Republic are four musicians delighting audiences with a spectrum of Irish tunes.
- Strings & Things – This original Irish folk/trad crossover four-piece band hails from Tipperary/Galway. They have created their own sound over the years, creating a variety of crossover songs with their own spin.
- TradGad – Three lads from Dublin, Kerry, and Edinburgh will charm audiences by singing and playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle, Uileann pipes, tin whistle, bazooka, and banjo.
- The Byrne Brothers – This Irish family from Donegal includes Luca, 13 (button accordion); Finn, 11 (banjo, mandolin, and whistle); Dempsey, 8 (whistle and bodhran); and father, Tommy (guitar, Uileann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes, and bodhran). Their show combines traditional Irish songs with modern dance beats.
- High Road – Three talented musicians from Dublin, Kilkenny, and Glasgow meet to play a symphony of traditional Irish songs.
- Aaron O’Grady – An Irish import who will delight with his eclectic mix of Irish music.
- The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – Comprised of the cast of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will perform throughout the Hooley.
Check out the complete entertainment schedule when it’s posted online closer to the event. To learn more about other offerings at Raglan Road, visit RaglanRoad.com.