Podcast: December 26, 2015

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents The Houli’s Hooley and Christmas stories abound on this week’s Houli’s Hooley as Bill and Paddy trade quips about family folklore, Star Wars, Santa, drinking at funerals, The Walnut Room, (“did you duke Santa?”), and a special shout out to their pal George Zdarsky who hired them to tend bar at […]

Podcast: December 19, 2015

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal presents the Houli’s Hooley Christmas show. The Houli Brothers with Clay O’Brien fist bump their way through the show talking about UFC new champion Conor McGregor and his 13-second knockout, Rocky IV, Buster Pointdexter in “Scrooged”, fake trees vs real trees, worst Christmas gifts as kids, Nintendo, and Techmo Bowl among other pop […]

Houli’s Podcast: December 12, 2015

The Houli Brothers get weird this week when Paddy uncovers a stash of underground Irish techno music from St. Yorda with “Disco” and more oddball stuff. Bill hates it and Paddy makes up for it with some Christmas Springstein.The lads plug their old pal Dan McGuinness who is playing his annual Christmas gig at Fox’s […]

Houli’s Podcast: December 5, 2015

The Reverend Fr. Michael Flaker opens the show and then the Houli Brothers riff with Clay O’Brien about Mayor Rahm, Christmas music, and celebrities doing Erectile Dysfunction TV commercials. The lads get sidetracked doing dueling Al Pacino impressions before we hear their favorite, Der Bingle and Bowie singing “Little Drummer Boy”. Catch the Christmas spirit […]

Houli’s Podcast: November 28, 2015

Celebrating one year on the air with The Houli’s Hooley, Bill and Paddy offer up a “Best Of” show that dazzles. You’ll hear some of their signature riffing with old pal Clay O’Brien on funny stuff from Vegas to Boston to wacky job interviews along with some of the best music in Chicagoland from Kevin […]

Houli’s Podcast: November 21, 2015

Old pal Clay O’Brien once again joins the Houli Brothers for a free wheeling riff on Charlie Sheen, David Hasselhoff changing his name, Black Wednesdays, and a plethora of pop culture that will make you laugh out loud.

Podcast: November 14, 2015

Bill and Paddy welcome their friend Brendan O’Brien to the show via call-in and they share hilarious bartender stories together as Brendan outlines the new plans for the resurrection of Reilly’s Daughter scheduled for November 19th in Oak Lawn. With over a combined quarter century of time spent behind the bar, Brendan and the Houli’s have […]

Podcast: Nov. 7, 2015

It’s all Vegas all the time tonight on the Houli’s Hooley as Paddy tells Bill about his recent trip to Las Vegas for business. Clay O’Brien joins the chatter while the lads listen to a caller tell tales of a Vegas style park near Chicago called “Chucky-Town”. Tune in for their observations on the other […]

Houli’s Podcast: October 31, 2015

Another great Houli’s Hooley this week! The Houli Brothers back in the studio again with some fun riffs with their old pal, artist Clay O’Brien. Then another old friend Bill Boehler, calls in from LA to tell tales of his career as an actor/improviser in the midst of shopping his TV show to Hollywood. Check […]

Podcast: October 24, 2015

This week on the Houli’s Hooley the brothers Houlihan get wacky and zany again as they discuss the fall of the Cubs. Old friend and contributor to the show Clayton O’Brien pops in for a chat as well. This episode is sponsored by McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.

Podcast: Oct. 17, 2015

The Houli brothers dive right into Cubs mania with an EXCLUSIVE interview with John Murray, probably one of the most infamous fans in Cub history since his 1995 run to the mound to confront Cubs pitcher Randy Meyers. John is also the founder and trademark holder of “It’s Gonna Happen” t-shirts, signs, etc and an […]

Houli’s Podcast: Oct. 10, 2015

The Houli brothers return to the studio for the first time in a long time to rekindle the brotherly banter and talk Cubs, body art, social media, and sports. Welcoming new Presenting Sponsor McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and spinning tunes by Phil Angotti and The Shams. Also some car-wash logic from Bill and Paddy claims Daniel […]

Podcast: October 2, 2015

This weeks guest on the Houli’s Hooley is musician Donnie Biggins of The Shams Band. Donnie has become a local name to remember in the last few years not only as a member of The Shams but also as a promoter under the name Harmonica Dunne. Donnie shares some new songs off his first solo […]

Houli’s Podcast: September 26, 2015

On this weeks show the guys welcome their old grammar school pal and musician, Andrew Madden. The guys make cracks about their days as roommates in college. Madden plays a few songs and is then joined by his bride to close the show. Tune in for another great show!

Houli’s Podcast: September 19, 2015

This week on the Houli’s Hooley Paddy and Bill welcome returning guest and comedian Pat Chase. Pat performs a short set and sits down to tell tales of his recent gig opening for Jon Lovitz. Funny episode! Tune in.

Houli’s Podcast: September 12, 2015

This week the Houlihan Brothers welcome singer and songwriter Mike McVady. This is Mike’s first time on the show. He tells tales of growing up on Chicago’s southwest side and promotes his latest album “Angels Among Us”.

Podcast: September 5, 2015

Singer Songwriter Kevin Flynn is welcomed back to the Houli’s Hooley this week. Kevin is one of the most talented Chicago based songwriters playing today. He plays all new songs this time around including a little ditty called “The Pope of the Windy City”. Don’t miss this episode!

Podcast: August 22, 2015

This week the Houli Bros welcome local musicians and loyal followers of the show Tam and Dan. Tam and Dan play a number of Irish tunes between the Houli Bros discussing Big Mac Attacks and Donald Trump Steak commercials.

Houli’s Podcast: August 15, 2015

This week the Houli bros welcome back to the program Chicago-based singer/songwriter Phil Angotti. Phil has brought along his pals Casey McDonough and Dick Schmidt of the Beatle Brothers as they play a few songs and promote their upcoming Fitzgerald’s appearance on Saturday, August 29th. This episode features some of Chicago’s finest and most sought […]

Houli’s Podcast: August 8, 2015

Radio Randy Rafferty opens the show for the Houli brothers as they welcome their old pal Grant O’Brien and Mufassa Harris of “The Hemispheres” bringing some soul to the Houli’s Hooley this week at Fitzgerald’s Sidebar. You’ll also get to hear how Paddy was fired from Durkin’s bar on Diversey, the Wet Willie Story, Billy’s […]

Podcast: August 1, 2015

Bill and Paddy return to Fitzgerald’s after a week in the studio and hang out with singer/songwriter Terry White, who has been around the block and in the music business since he got his first guitar in 1973 in seventh grade. Terry plays several tunes on the show and tells the Houli brothers some great […]

Houli’s Podcast: July 25, 2015

Paddy and Bill head back to the studio this week for an some in depth riffing on Irish gangsters, the death of “Moe Green”, and lots of laughs with playwright/assistant states attorney Jim Lynch. Paddy rolls out his Donald Trump imitation along with a few others as the boys crack each other up and yearn […]

Houli’s Podcast: July 18, 2015

Bill and Paddy welcome old friend, singer-songwriter Ian Leith to the show, along with his personal percussionist Paul Wendell Obis and these guys are not only great musicians but tell some funny stories of their travels while playing music from cruise ships to the Friendly Tap. Fun show from Fitzgerald’s, check it out.

Houli’s Podcast: July 11, 2015

The Joyce Boys visit the show this week and bring with them a great group of fans who packed the Sidebar at Fitzgerald’s for this fun fest of Irish music. These guys started back in the late sixties listening to the Clancy Brothers and singing at parties until one of them got a guitar, the […]

Houli’s Podcast: July 4, 2015

Fitzgerald’s Nightclub hosts their annual American Music Festival this week so the Houli’s Hooley brothers Paddy and Bill replay and celebrate their 25th episode with a best of/compilation show. This ultra fun episode revisits the very best live music featured on the show in the last 6 months along with some clips of the boy’s […]

Houli’s Podcast: June 27, 2015

Bill and Paddy welcome international sensation Mary Bergin to the show just prior to her opening night concert for the Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week.  Mary has been called the “Queen of the Tin Whistle” and she does not disappoint with a handful of tunes as she is accompanied by Sean Cleland, Jackie Moran, and […]

Houli’s Podcast: June 20, 2015

Bill and Paddy welcome old friend Timmy Ryan and his band, The Black Oil Brothers, who have a big gig coming up at The Wire on Saturday night. The Oil Brothers play a bunch of tunes and the Houli Brothers riff on everything from old guys in Hawks jerseys to how valuable the Stanley Cup […]

Houli’s Podcast: June 13, 2015

17-year-old phenom Liam Durkin  brings his very large extended family to pack the Sidebar at Fitzgerald’s for The Houli’s Hooley. Liam flexes his Irish with rebel songs like “Willie McBride” and then kicks it old school with “Folsom Prison Blues”, and rocks an acoustic “The Wind Cries Mary”. The crowd goes nuts. Billy Houlihan absent […]

Houli’s Podcast: June 6, 2015

Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors opens the show with a plug for the Houli’s Hooley. Paddy and Bill remember fondly all the summer festivals of their youth, particularly one summer when they won a prize at the Elmwood Park Fest that their mother ripped from the wall ten minutes after they put it up. […]

Houli’s Podcast: May 30, 2015

The Houli’s Hooley brings Irish rock band St. Stephen’s Green to Fitzgerald’s for another night of music and hilarity. Announcer Bud Kerwin spars with the Houli’s as they exchange stories of the weird and we welcome new sponsors BIG GUYS SAUSAGE and the Broadway Musical Smash ONCE. The band plays a handful of tunes and […]

Houli’s Podcast: May 23, 2015

The Houli Brothers kick off their second show at the legendary Fitzgerald’s Nightclub with an intro by show announcer Bud Kerwin and then the lads immediately begin a riff on Bud’s eligibility at the upcoming Illinois Redhead Convention, since Bud is now bald. Taking it in stride Bud tells stories of his long departed ginger […]

Houli’s Podcast: May 16, 2015

It’s the first episode live at Fitzgerald’s! The Houli Bros. welcome the Larkin and Moran Bros. and introduce their new announcer Bud Kerwin. Lot’s of great music in this episode. Don’t miss it!

Podcast: May 9, 2015

This week on the Houli’s Hooley it’s an all Houli episode as the boys make a special announcement and get a call from their newest fan Cooter McCooter.

Houli’s Podcast: May 2, 2015

On this weeks episode of the Hooley’s Houli the guys welcome musician Michele McGuire and her band mates. Paddy gets harassed about his jean jacket and Bill talks about his sorrows of running over a squirrel. An action packed episode with lots of live music.  

Houli’s Podcast: April 25, 2015

This week on the Houli’s Hooley the brothers Houlihan recall their experience as boxers in high school during Mt Carmel’s annual tournament. Paddy then shares a funny story of running for president of the Student Council when he was in 7th grade. Later on a friend of the show, Kevin Crisham, pops in and tells […]

Houli’s Podcast: April 18

This week on the Houli’s Hooley brothers Paddy and Bill celebrate their 25th episode with a best of/compilation show. This ultra fun episode revisits the very best live music featured on the show in the last 6 months along with some clips of the boy’s favorite call-in guests. Don’t miss it!

Podcast: April 11, 2015

On this week’s Hooley the guys are joined again by their old pals Matthew Francis Andersen and Vince Mammoser. Andersen is back to perform live songs from his debut album Blue Line and Mammoser accompanies him on the mandolin. This episode is a glimpse into the heart and soul of Andersen’s music and songwriting. It […]

Houli’s Podcast: April 4, 2015

On this weeks episode of the Houli’s Hooley the guys are joined by the young men of southside music group Coyote Riot. The band rocks out the whole show for the crowd at Goldy’s. This is a show you don’t want to miss. Tune in for our most musically packed show yet.  

Houli’s Podcast: March 28, 2015

Illness has put Bill Hpoulihan down for the count as Paddy is joined by his father Mike Houlihan as special guest host. On this episode, the Hooley is joined by Southside Irish music group Anam Cara. The group plays a few reels and talks about their history and background. Anam Cara consists of Hugh Dennehy, […]

Podcast: March 21, 2015

The Houli brothers dedicate this week’s show to their old friend, John McShane, who died suddenly last Sunday night. Johnny Mac was a true West Side legend and the crowd at Goldyburgers, where we record the show, was packed with mourners. We play some of Johnny’s favorite tunes including The Green & Red of Mayo […]

Houli’s Podcast: March 14, 2015

This week the guys share some funny St. Patrick’s day stories and welcome their guest Maui Jones, host of the traveling bar game show Quiz Quest. They take part in some Irish Trivia and talk about the unluck of the Irish. Tune in for another great episode. The Houli’s Hooley is brought to you by […]

Podcast: March 7, 2015

This week the Houlihan Bros talk a little Minnie Minoso and ear piercing dialogue ensues as they welcome guest’s Matt Walters and Rachel Swain of indie pop rock group “Roxy Swain”. Comedian Pat Chase then stops by Goldyburgers for a beer and tells his woe of getting bumped from his latest gig. The Houli’s Hooley […]

Houli’s Podcast: February 28, 2015

This week on the Houli’s Hooley Paddy and Bill welcome musicians Kevin Flynn of Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers along with Jim and Bill Dooley of The Dooley Brothers for a jam packed episode that the crowd really gets into. Enjoy.

Houli’s Podcast: February 21, 2015

On this weeks episode of the Houli’s Hooley the guys welcome Mike Stephen host of WGN’s Outside The Loop Radio and Irish Master Piper Max Dunne. The guys are treated to great music and reminisce with Stephen, their old grammar school classmate. They talk radio, and the death of the neighborhood tavern in Chicago. Tune […]

Houli’s Podcast: February 14, 2015

Bill and Paddy crank it up for their second week of taping at Goldyburgers in Forest Park and a great crowd turns out to hear Irish fiddler Teresa Shine, singer/songwriter Phil Angotti, and finally a very funny story about Bill Cosby’s putter from local legend Mike Mullen. Boffo show, now you know why we call […]

Houli’s Podcast: February 7, 2015

It’s the Houli’s Hooley first show in front of a live audience at Goldy’s in Forest Park. Great crowd turns out to hear Bill & Paddy interview Sarah Martin Lorenzie about her Bandathon  local comedian Pat Chase tells some funny stories, and old friend Vince Mammoser stops in to perform three original tunes on his […]

Houli’s Podcast: January 31, 2015

The Houli’s Houli announces their move to Goldy’s in Forest Park starting Thursday Feb. 5th, taping the show in front of a live audience. Then Paddy tells tales of his recent trip to Cancun, funny stuff. Bill delivers a sports rant on the Super Bowl deflated balls, Sammy Sosa snubbing Ernie Banks’ funeral, and White […]

Houli’s Podcast: January 24, 2015

This week on the Houli’s Hooley, Bill and Paddy welcome 2014 Chicago Rose of Tralee Colleen Nolan to the show, who brings some great stories and news of the Young Irish Fellowship. Then comedian Alex Joyce has some very funny anecdotes about alcohol and other tales. And then Chicago’s Funniest cop Pat McGrath returns with […]

Houli’s Podcast: January 17, 2015

Musician Steve Davern of Pin Drop Theatre drops by The Houli’s Hooley to talk with the Houli brothers about his upcoming Johnny Cash Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center on Jan. 24th, Cash For Kids.   Steve plays several great tunes for Bill & Paddy and then the lads are visited by “Improv Boy” who […]