Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival will return for the Labor Day long weekend as Great Irish Hooley reconnects at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney sources.
- This intimate musical experience from September 3-6 will feature the best Irish bands playing everything from traditional to folk, grass and Celtic blues.
- “Hooley” is a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family.
- The Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will feature cocktails crafted by Hooley as well as creative new bites from the pub’s inventive culinary team.
- The pub will also feature a new local craft beer and serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan brunch Saturday through Monday, September 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The regular menu will be available for Le Hooley from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- There is no cover charge to join the Hooley fun, which starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 3 and continues until the wee hours of Labor Day on September 6.
- Reservations are recommended.
- Raglan Road has not hosted the festival in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions.
Limited edition craft beer:
- To launch the Re-plugged Hooley, Raglan Road will present a limited edition craft beer in collaboration with The Tank Brewing of Miami (since 2014).
- De Fesht (which translates to “festival”) is a medium bodied amber lager with a full bodied flavor with a lighter malting that contributes to the underlying notes of hazelnut and honey.
- The dry finish of beer improves its drinkability, says Raglan Road General Manager Alan Delahunt.
- “It’s a seasonal one-batch brew, perfect for late summer through fall. It’s a traditional-style Marzen that would be consumed by the liter in Munich during Oktoberfest, ”he says.
- This year’s Hooley Entertainment headliners are a rare collaboration of luminaries from the world of traditional Irish music:
- Raven Rock – All-Star Band with members of Lúnasa – These unique daily performances at the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will bring together Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford, current members of Lúnasa, one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional Irish progressive music groups . the past 25 years. They are joined by Matt Mancuso (Eileen Ivers and Lord of the Dance) and Allan Murray (Ivers and Paul Brock). The Raven’s Rock is the title of Cillian Vallely’s solo CD.
- The Gothard sisters – This vibrant sister trio, performing throughout Hooley, is making waves on the major Irish festival circuit, touring, writing and performing contemporary Celtic folk music with an upbeat style that resonates with their loyal fans. Their latest album, Dragonfly, features the sisters playing an assortment of acoustic instruments combined with vocals and modern production that explore themes of resilience and adventure.
- The Byrne brothers – This exceptionally talented Irish trad music family from Donegal is back for an encore on the Raglan Road stage. American Celtic Radio listeners voted them “Rising Stars of 2021” and “Best CD Cover of 2021” for Living the Dream. Dempsey, 12, is an Irish dancer who sings and plays the bodhran and whistle while turning the crowd up with his jokes and antics on stage. Finn, 15, dances and plays the banjo, mandolin and guitar. Luca, 17, dances and plays the button accordion. Papa Tommy sings and plays the Uilleann flute, bagpipe, violin and whistles. They will perform from September 4 to 6.
- The lineup is complete with Raglan Road house artists Slygo, Aaron O’Grady and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.
- Raglan Road Kitchen will offer dishes to pair with De Fesht and other Raglan Road beers, including lollipop grilled pork chop with spicy pineapple chutney, purple kale, mashed potatoes with parsley and smoked butter sauce (photo above).
- Another new starter is the pub’s Florida Key Lime Salmon — Whiskey-Salted, Lightly Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Lime-Herb Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Minced Horseradish, and Crispy Salmon Skin.
- Vegetable lovers can try the new herbal Shepherd’s Pie.