Irish Hooley with the Screaming Orphans

A real Irish Hooley with the Screaming Orphans is coming to Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs on March 12th.

A Hooley is an Irish slang for party or celebration; by extension, some substance with which you party or celebrate… sounds about right.  

There is a great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes, especially in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas, and the home of the Screaming Orphans, four Irish sisters from County Donegal, Ireland, was no different. The Orphans have been singing since they were young and when they became teenagers, they decided to start their own pop-rock band. While they’ll never forget their roots in traditional Irish music, the Orphans have evolved to draw on a more diverse set of influences, combining old-school pop songs and a modern take on traditional Irish music and song. If you haven’t heard the Orphans, you’ve been missing out. The Screaming Orphans are a fan favorite at Irish festivals across the U.S. and Canada. Their collection of 12 albums and an E.P. are widely regarded. Their latest CD, Taproom, landed at number one in the iTunes World Music charts and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard World Music chart. They have recorded with Peter Gabriel, performed with Joni Mitchell on a Chieftains album, backed Sinead O’Connor on a tour, have been named Best Rock Band at the Irish Music Awards.

Tickets for Irish Hooley with the Screaming Orphans at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 are $25. For tickets and information, call the Box Office at Proctors 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at 518-346-6204 or visit

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