Hackley Hooley

Hackley Hooley Brings Irish Music & Culture to Hackley Park on Sept 18!


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Family Financial Credit Union presents HACKLEY HOOLEY, an event of the Michigan Irish Music Festival (MIMF), on Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon.

“Though we had to cancel the full four-day festival in our traditional format due to a variety of factors – from international travel restrictions to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic – we are excited to produce and offer a hybrid, one-day event that still is aligned with our mission: to promote Irish culture and heritage while enhancing the community through entertainment, tourism, education, and philanthropy,” said Chris Zahrt, MIMF President.

Hackley Hooley will present live music by four outstanding bands* on the Hackley Park main stage:

What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, tempos, and textures. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones, and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal, Belfast native Richard McMullen and the band’s right blend of four part harmony.

This exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music. They offer both traditional and newly composed music, presented in an energetic and engaging manner.

Runa breathes fresh life into traditional Celtic music by digging into the songs and tunes to find the universal thread that binds past to present. Contemporary Celtic music at its very best.

A fan favorite, Seamus’ trademark is his ongoing interaction with the audiences. Fast-paced humor is very much a part of what Seamus does, whether he’s telling a series of rapid-fire jokes or launching into a lyrical parody.

*Live music lineup is subject to change

Hackley Hooley will also feature cultural displays and shopping offerings from Irish vendors. Patrons can expect their favorite Irish food and beverages, including craft beer, whiskey, Budweiser, and MI Irish Stout, a Pigeon Hill Brewing Company original brew.

Limited tickets for Hackley Hooley will be sold online in advance for $10 (kids 2 and under are free).

Along with presenting sponsor Family Financial Credit Union, major sponsors for Hackley Hooley include Budweiser, Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube, G&L Chili Dogs, and the Mart Dock.

For media information, call 231-683-2065.