Back for an impressive seventh year, The Great Irish Hooley marks the nearly halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day. Much like its better-known, mid-March counterpart, this boutique Irish festival celebrates Irish song, dance, food and drink from August 31 – September 3, 2018.
With a focus on Irish music, expect traditional, Celt grass, folk, blues, rock and soul styles to steal the Raglan Road stages, both indoors and out. Nine bands will share the spotlight, including a trio of headliners:
- JigJam — The multi-award-winning Irish quartet will bring their captivating brand of “CeltGrass” (a.k.a. I-Grass) – blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana. (Friday through Monday)
- Lisa Canny – The outrageously talented Lisa Canny, 7-time All-Ireland champion on harp and banjo, is an emerging Irish force blending pop and hip-hop with traditional Irish rhythms. (Saturday through Monday)
- Billow Wood – Known as Flat Out when they played Raglan Road in 2016, this male/female four-piece band fuses their unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies for a blend of Irish and folk music.
Toe-tappin’, foot stompin’ jigs are encouraged, so much so that champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, Raglan Road’s show choreographer, will host an entertaining workshop that traces the origins of Irish dance through contemporary times. Of course, the ever-popular Raglan Road Irish Dancers will perform throughout the festival as well.
Expect to find fine Irish cuisine, local and national craft beers, new hand-crafted cocktails, Celtic face-painting and more. With no cover charge and day-into-night entertainment, there’s fun in store for families and revelers alike.
For full details, check out www.raglanroad.com closer to the event.