If you’re looking to add a little Irish to your Labor Day weekend, Raglan Road in Disney Springs has the party for you.
Central Florida’s high-tension Irish music festival, the seventh Great Irish Hooley, features a playlist of traditional Irish herbs, Celts, folk, blues and soul. 31 Aug-Sep 3.
The event featuring nine Irish bands and the new Raglan Road Irish Dance Troupe starts at 3 p.m. on Friday August 31 and runs all day Saturday through Monday September 3.
The indoor performances on the pub’s Grand Room stage will feature impeccable acoustics and stunning video choreography, according to a press release about the festival. Bands will also perform on the pub patio stage, where fans can dine, have a drink and be entertained in the open air.
Paired with contemporary Irish cuisine, local and national craft beers, new handcrafted cocktails made with Wild Irish syrups, and day and night entertainment, the Great Irish Hooley promises an energetic music festival for families and the revellers.
A traditional Irish social celebration, the ‘Hooley’ combines music and entertainment for the whole family with no cover charges.
This year’s Hooley Entertainment headliners include:
• JigJam. The multi-award-winning Irish quartet will bring their brand of “CeltGrass” lending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana. (from Friday to Monday)
• Lisa Canny. The seven-time Irish harp and banjo champion is an emerging Irish force mixing pop and hip-hop with traditional Irish beats. (from Saturday to Monday)
• Driftwood. Known as Flat Out when they performed at Raglan Road in 2016, this four-man / woman group merges a unique brand of instrumentation with multiple voices and harmonies for a blend of Irish and folk music. (Monday)
Additional music acts throughout the long weekend will include:
• Ropes and objects. Strings & Things are an original Irish folk / trad crossover band of four from Tipperary / Galway. Over the years, together, they’ve created their own original sound and produced a variety of crossover songs with their own stamp of their own.
• The Byrne brothers. A traditional Irish music family from Donegal. They are Luca, 13 years old (button accordion); Finn, 11 (banjo, mandolin and whistle); Dempsey, 8 (whistle and bodhran); and father, Tommy (guitar, Uilleann bagpipes, violin, whistles, bagpipes and bodhran). Their show combines traditional Irish tunes with modern dance rhythms.
• Republic of reel. Hailing from the southwest of Ireland, Reel Republic is made up of four talented musicians who revive audiences with a wide range of Irish melodies and songs.
• TradGad. Three guys from Kerry, Dublin and Edinburgh charm Raglan Road audiences with singing and playing guitar, violin, mandolin, uileann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bazouki.
• Route Haute. Three musicians from Dublin, Kilkenny and Glasgow meet in the middle to play a symphony of traditional Irish tunes and songs that everyone will love.
• Aaron O’Grady. An Irish import that will seduce and seduce with its eclectic mix of Irish music.
• Raglan Road Irish Dancers. Chosen from the actors and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance performances, Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the Great Irish Hooley. Irish champion dancer Ciaran Keating, choreographer of the Raglan Road show, will lead a workshop that traces the origins of Irish dance from the earliest jigs and reels to contemporary times.
The full entertainment schedule will be posted on raglanroad.com and greatirishhooley.com closer to the event.
Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, Raglan Road offers traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. Nightly entertainment includes the Rhythms of Raglan 2018 suite of shows featuring Irish bands and dancers.
You can also catch shows during the Rollicking Raglan Brunch weekend. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner 3 pm-11pm; Bar menu 23h-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407-938-0300.
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