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Acadia Trad School (2014-2015)
The Bb Sisters

he Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts is dedicated to promoting education and appreciation of traditional music, dance, art, instrument crafts and associated technologies. The school is for people who love traditional music and want to advance their knowledge and skills in music or dance. One week intensive classes are held at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine. Acadia Trad School ran introductory workshops and provided several super-ensembles at Saltwater.

Acadia Trad School


Aoife Clancy (2012)
Aoife Clancy

Aoife Clancy comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in Co Tipperary, Ireland. Her musical career began when her father, Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands and, soon after, brought her to perform with him in pubs. She was a member of the acclaimed Irish American group, Cherish the Ladies, and she has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. Aoife Clancy has established herself as one of the leading divas of Celtic music. She was featured at a very special Saltwater Satellite Event at Maine Maritime Museum on Friday, July 13th, 2012.

Aoife Clancy


Août Gris (2014)
The Press Gang

Août Gris is the talented duo of Chris Gray and Gus LaCasse. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Mount Desert Island. He holds an MA in ethnomusicology and a diploma in Irish Music from University College Cork. He specializes in the great Highland bagpipes, the Irish Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistles. Gus, who plays violin, was drawn to the rhythms and sounds of traditional Acadian and Quebecoise music long before he was old enough to understand musical genres or how musical traditions are defined. The duo has appeared on a Canadian national television broadcast from the World Acadian Congress in Madawaska.

Août Gris


Ashley Davis (2014)
Ashley Davis

Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Ashley began performing live throughout the Midwest region at the age of 14. Pursuing a graduate degree from the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at the University of Limerick, she earned her Master's degree under the direction of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. In 2006, she journeyed to the Isle of Man, where she was an Artist in Residence, capturing and recording the native Manx language, as well as the melodies and stories of the island. In 2010, Ashley was named one of the most influential Irish-Americans under the age of 40 and we were fortunate that her Maine debut was at Saltwater 2014!

Ashley Davis


The Bb Sisters w/ special guest Skip Holmes (2011)
The Bb Sisters

The Bb Sisters first met in 2002 while teaching at the Tobique Fiddle Camp in New Brunswick. Since then, Kimberley Holmes and Sherryl Fitzpatrick have taken the traditional folk music scene by storm with driving Quebecois jigs and reels, traditional Cape Breton and Irish tunes, and soulful slow airs enveloped in beautiful harmonies. The Bb Sisters were joined by a very special guest, the legendary Skip Holmes on guitar, for a series of Saltwater Satellite Events that represented the duos first US tour!!

The Bb Sisters


Black 47 (2012)
Black 47

Led by Larry Kirwan, Black 47 espouses an unblinkingly political and thoroughly Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll, with raucous, heartfelt, and intelligent performances of songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Black 47 self-produced their first indie record, Black 47, before The Cars’ Ric Ocasek jumped on board to produce their second album, Fire Of Freedom, which brought them mainstream attention. The band’s signature sound, socially conscious lyrics and exciting concerts paved the way for other Irish influenced bands like Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys.

Black 47

Boghat (2015)
Boghat

Boghat is a Traditional Irish Dance Music trio of accomplished musicians based out of Portland, Maine. The five year Saltwater veterans, under the watchful eye of impresario Tom Rota (host of Irish Music Night at Blue every Wednesday evening), play the traditional music of Ireland with a contemporary twist. From fiery reels and sexy jigs to plaintive airs and the occasional song, Boghat covers the entire spectrum of the genre, injecting contemporary elements into a healthy respect for the tradition.

Boghat


Buílle (2011)
Buille

Buílle was formed in 2004 by Armagh-born brothers Niall and Caoimhín Vallely as a vehicle to perform new tunes written in a traditional style with contemporary arrangements. The resultant sound was released as "Buílle" by Vertical Records to rave reviews and was described in the Irish Times as "fresh a breath that's blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time." The group went on to tour extensively across Ireland, the UK, Europe, USA and Canada and performed at Saltwater with Karan Casey.

Buílle


Carbon Leaf (2012)
Carbon Leaf

Reaching 20 years of award-winning recording and touring, and with nine albums under their belt, Carbon Leaf released a live CD and DVD in early 2011, a full length CD in the Fall, and multiple songs and EPs throughout the year. The Richmond, Virginia-based group has scored hit singles at both AAA and Hot AC Radio with "Life Less Ordinary" and "The Boxer," placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award, and recorded the music for Universal's Curious George II soundtrack in 2010. Eclectic from day one, Carbon Leaf performed at many Celtic and Irish music festivals across North America.

Carbon Leaf


Chrissy Crowley (2012)
Chrissy Crowley

Chrissy Crowley (twenty years old as of 2012) is the latest young Celtic musician to emerge from Cape Breton. A Canadian fiddler with a firm foundation in the traditional music of Cape Breton, Crowley also possesses the irrepressible curiosity of an artist driven to create and discover. She is now bringing her music worldwide, performing throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Ireland and Scotland, captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth. Her second release is aptly named, The Departure.

Chrissy Crowley


Dance Workshops (2014)
Joe Keane

Saltwater, in collaboration with the Maine Irish Heritage Center, proudly presented four dance workshops with leading instructors. Attendees had a chance to hone their dance skills or simply learn more about a Celtic dance tradition. Thanks to the amazing instructors: Patti Tillotson (Scottish Country), Emily Smaha (Scottish Highland), Laura Scott (Ceilidh), and Carlene Stillson with special guests, The Gothard Sisters (Irish Step Dance).

Schedule


Dave Rowe (2014-2015)
Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe performed at Saltwater at his informal Portland headquarters, Bull Feeney's. Dave often performs there in the solo setting and has built a string following for The Squid Jiggers' weekly Wednesday evening performances. His latest CD, All of the Dreams, was released this summer and was three years in the making. The project marks a sea change for the artist as he gets back to his songwriting roots, digging deep, writing about loss, war, personal responsibility, love, and dreams while stretching out on both the guitar and the piano. Make a trip to Bull Feeney's — you won't be disappointed.

Dave Rowe


The Dublin City Ramblers (2011)The Dublin City Ramblers

These guys have been thrilling audiences with their unique blend of ballads, humor, wit and foot-tapping music for 35 years. They have amassed over 30 albums, top ten hits, several awards for best Ballad/Folk Group and, to top it all off, 8 Gold Albums. They are often ranked as Ireland’s Number One Group! They have performed at most major festivals worldwide, headlining The Milwaukee and Cleveland Irish Festivals, and have performed at Dublin’s National Stadium, England’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and any other venue you care to mention.

The Dublin City Ramblers

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (2011, 2014)Eileen Ivers

Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships. As the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, the Grammy-awarded artist has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide, contributed to movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed with the London Symphony and the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, and was an original musical star of Riverdance. Her high energy shows with Immigrant Soul have garnered rave reviews throughout the Celtic and World music communities, and beyond. Eileen, as the Washington Post has pointed out, is "the future of Celtic fiddle."

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul


Enter the Haggis (2012-13)
Enter The Haggis

Celebrating the March release of The Modest Revolution, Enter The Haggis returned to Saltwater!  From playing Celtic festivals to headlining them, and from the festival circuit to selling out multiple nights in rock venues, ETH has blazed a path with heavy and almost constant touring up and down the East Coast, to Canada, the West Coast and back again, winning over success one fan, one town, one region at a time. The Modest Revolution is arguably their best effort to date and showcases a band that has clearly hit its stride. Enter The Haggis!

Enter The Haggis


Fodhla (2014)
Fodhla

Fodhla is a powerhouse collaboration of three veterans of the international Celtic music scene. Nicole Rabata (flute) is highly regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has appeared at the most prestigious international festivals and conventions and is on the faculty at Colby College and 317 Main Street. Bethany Waickman (guitar) co-founded the contra dance trio, Anadama, while working at Pinewoods in 2007 and has been performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band since 2008. Ellery Klein (fiddle) spent four years fiddling with the acclaimed Irish band, Gaelic Storm. In 2008, she co-founded the Boston-based all-female vocal and instrumental group Long Time Courting.

Fodhla


The Gothard Sisters (2013-14)
The Gothard Sisters

These three sisters from the Pacific Northwest, ages 17 to 26, started out with classical violin training and competitive Irish dance that resulted in competing in the Irish Dancing World Championships for four consecutive years. Also accomplished on guitar, bodhran and voice, their love for music, dance and storytelling is their inspiration for performing and recording. The Gothard Sisters have recorded six CDs, including Celtic Radio's 2011 Album of the Year, and made their Maine debut at Saltwater.

The Gothard Sisters

Honored Public Safety Guests (2013)
Raz-de-Marée

The Saltwater Celtic Music Festival 2013 opened on Saturday, July 20th with a very special program that featured the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps and their friends from the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums of Long Island (pictured), the first volunteer firefighter’s bagpipe band in the nation. Nassau County firefighters were first responders during 2012’s devastating Hurricane Sandy and we’re looking forward to providing them, as well as our local heroes, with some well-deserved relaxation and great music on the coast of Maine.

Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum
Nassau County Fire Pipes and Drums


Jana Laiz (2012)
Jana Laiz

Saltwater's 2012 Writer In Residence, Jana Laiz, has written several books, including Weeping Under The Same Moon, Elephants of the Tsunami, and A Free Woman On God’s Earth. Her latest, The Twelfth Stone, a Celtic Faerie fantasy that is set in Ireland and Scotland Faerie, is a YA/Adult novel that is a finalist in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award in both the YA fiction and Adult Fantasy categories. Ms. Laiz has served as guest speaker/author at Faerie Festivals around the country and served as writer in residence at Melville's place, Arrowhead, in 2012.

Jana Laiz


Storyteller, Joe Keane (2014)
Joe Keane

Joe Kean kicked off Saltwater 2014 in high style at One Longfellow Square on Friday, October 3rd - 9:00pm. Born in County Kerry in 1959, Boston artist Joe Keane, a true Shainchai (pronounced shon-a-key), explores the boundary between reality and fiction. Keane uses his special talents weaving a collection of his own stories and ancient lore to make a fine tapestry giving us an insight into the traditions of the landscape and a soulful feast of the Celtic people. The host of Saltwater's very first "Story Time" is no stranger to Saltwater as we welcome the author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims and three-time Saltwater emcee, Kevin O'Hara.

Joe Keane


The John Byrne Band (2013-14)
John Byrne Band

The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick's Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. His first solo effort, After the Wake, was released to great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, Byrne’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band promoted the albums with a series of sold out shows at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and many of the East Coast's premiere live acoustic venues. The Daily News calls him “edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.”

The John Byrne Band


John Doyle (2011)
Karan Casey

John Doyle’s gifts as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and producer have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Like Karan Casey, with whom he performed at Saltwater, Doyle was an original member of the mighty Solas lineup. He has pioneered a rhythmic, sophisticated approach to Irish guitar accompaniment, setting a new standard for the instrument and he enjoys a full solo career: producing albums for other artists, touring as a sideman, and recording his own material. Preserving the tasteful simplicity of tradition, he nonetheless adds a contemporary edge, finding fresh life in even the most well-worn of tunes. He was a headliner at the recent Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast.

John Doyle


Judy O'Donnell (2013)
Paula de Fougerolles

Judy O’Donnell of Falmouth, Maine was Saltwater's 2013 Artist in Residence. O'Donnell works in many mediums including sculptural mediums, paintings, prints, and works on paper. Her work is energetic, complex and fused with a sense of mysticism. She is best known for her expressionistic and surreal bronze and steel sculptures; she combines casting and welding to make human animal hybrids that refer to Celtic mysticism. Her work has been shown throughout Maine and she was co-hosting the Saltwater Art Tent with Saltwater art director and 2012 Artist in Residence, Michael Shaughnessy.

Judy O'Donnell
Michael Shaughnessy
Local Muscle Art Truck


Karan Casey (2011)
Karan Casey

A legend in her own right, Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative, provocative, and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. She has won awards for “Best Folk Album” and “Best Folk Female” from Irish Music Magazine and was a key member of Paul Winter’s Grammy-award winning Celtic Solstice. She has appeared at festivals such as WOMAD USA, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Merlefest. She has made many TV and radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic and has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Karan Casey


Katie McNally (2015)
Katie McNally

Katie McNally, winner of several US National Junior titles and in 2009, the New England Scottish Fiddle Championship, first appeared at the legendary folk venue, Club Passim at age 13. She has been a member of the cross genre fiddle super-group, Childsplay. She accompanied famed Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his North American tour to promote the release of his Sony Masterworks double album, “Discover.”

Katie McNally


Kevin O'Hara (2011-12-13)
Kevin O'Hara

The colorful author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims and A Lucky Irish Lad returned to serve as Saltwater MC on Sunday, July 21st. O’Hara, proud winner of the 2012 John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Award, has read his homespun stories on numerous TV and radio stations in addition to appearing at countless libraries, colleges, and Irish pubs throughout New England. He was on hand all weekend, co-hosting the Saltwater Lit Tent, and he even made an appearance or two on the Saltwater Books and Pubs Tour!

Kevin O'Hara


Maeve Gilchrist (2011-12-13)
Maeve Gilchrist

Maeve Gilchrist was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. She grew up immersed in traditional folk music and was accepted into the City of Edinburgh Music School where she spent seven years studying classical piano, clarsach (Celtic harp) and vocals. She has performed at Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the World Harp Congress, and Celtic Connections Festival. Maeve Gilchrist offers us a glimpse into the future of Celtic music and her Saltwater connection runs deep. In additio nto sevring as m.c. (2012-13), she performed at a Satellite Event at Maine Maritime Museum (20111) with her band, in the quartet setting (2012), and with Nic Gareiss (2013).

Maeve Gilchrist


The Maine Celtic Scene (2011-12-13-14)
The Press Gang

The Maine Celtic Scene has been Saltwater's way of showcasing some of the stellar talent that makes up the vibrant and growing Celtic music scene here in Maine. The showcase was hosted by Kevin McElroy for two years and by Tom Rota in 2013. Some of the artists gracing the stage included the world-renowned Séamus Connolly, a ten time winner of the Irish Fiddle Championship, Naia, The Press Gang, Boghat, and others.

Boghat
The Press Gang


The Makem & Spain Brothers (2012)
The Makem & Spain Brothers

The Makem Brothers, Shane, Conor and Rory, were born in Drogheda, County Louth, about an hour north of Dublin. They continue the lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties. The Spain Brothers, too, learned Irish songs at their father's knee. Mickey's rich, baritone voice and Liam's mastery of stringed instruments quickly found a home when the Makems met the Spains and the brothers realized the power of their combined talents. The result: a host of instruments and five male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies, blending perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound.

The Makem & Spain Brothers


Mari Black (2014)
Mari Black

An internationally-acclaimed performer, Mari has been featured at Celtic Highland Games, Argentine tango festivals, folk festivals, jazz concert series, and Carnegie Hall. Mari has appeared with artists such as Mark O’Connor and Willie Ruff in live performance and national media broadcast, including Fox and CBS morning news and NPR’s “Here and Now.” Mari is the reigning National Scottish Fiddle Champion and, in the past two years alone, has won awards from the most prestigious Western classical and Celtic competitions. Mari has toured extensively and appeared in a trio setting at Saltwater.

Mari Black

Michael Shaughnessy (2012-13-14)
The Bb Sisters

Michael Shaughnessy was born in Virginia and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and he has lived in Maine since 1987. Michael is a USM professor focusing on sculpture, design, drawing and creative entrepreneurship. His work over the last 25 years involves the use of hay as his primary material. He has exhibited at museums, universities and nonprofit art centers nationally and in Ireland. His work has been reviewed and featured in Sculpture Magazine, Fiber Arts, Smithsonian and many local and national newspapers and journals. Michael Shaughnessy served as Saltwater's 2012 Artist in Residence.

Michael Shaughnessy


Naia (2011-12-13)
Naia

Comprised of harpist Danielle Langord and flutist Nicole Rabata, Naia plays traditional Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Quebec along with their own traditionally-inspired compositions. Rich harmonies blend with delicate melodies to create their unique sound. Naia perfomed as part of the Maine Celtic Scene in 2011 and at Saltwater Satellite Events at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay in 2012-13.

Naia
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens


Nic Gareiss (2013)
Nic Gareiss

Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and, "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. He draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He was featured at Saltwater with Maeve Gilchrist.

Nic Gareiss


Ozere (2015)
Ozere

Formed in April 2012, Ozere began as a vehicle to try out violinist Jessica Deutsch’s original compositions and morphed into a powerhouse of textures with fierce percussive energy. When Emily Rockarts arrived to sing a few songs with them at their first show, vocals were added to the mix. This Toronto-based group takes equal inspiration from chamber groups and folk bands. It’s what happens when you bring together musicians who play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer, Afro Cuban, classical and more.

Ozere


The Paul McKenna Band (2013)
The Paul McKenna Band

They have been identified as “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” by the New York Times and “A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” by Fatea Magazine. They also won Composer of the Year and Singer of the Year at the 2012 ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Their exciting sound comes from outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and hiwstles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion. You won’t soon forget these Glasgow lads!

The Paul McKenna Band

Paula de Fougerolles (2013)
Paula de Fougerolles

Saltwater’s 2013 Writer in Residence, Paula de Fougerolles, is the recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and has a doctorate in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge.  Exile, the first book in her acclaimed historical-fiction series The Chronicles of Iona, begins the story of the two men who laid the foundations of Scotland, the Irish monk Saint Columba of Iona and the Scottish warlord Aedan mac Gabran—a real-life 6th-century Merlin and King Arthur. Paula hosted the Saltwater Lit Tent and was also be featured on the Saltwater Books and Pubs Tour.

Paula de Fougerolles


Portland Celtic Celebration (2012-13)
Portland Celtic Celebration

Hosted in 2013 by Professor Thomas Wilsbach, uilleann piper, fiddler, whistler and raconteur of the Brian Boru Sunday Session, was a very special Saltwater Satellite Event to promote the amazing Celtic music scene in Portland. All of the artists (The Press Gang, Kevin McElroy, Don Roy Trio, Boghat, Naia, and more!) agreed each year to donate their performance in order to make this event a fundraiser/benefit for Portland's prized small concert venue and premiere listening room - One Longfellow Square.

One Longfellow Square


The Press Gang (2011-12-14-15)
The Press Gang

This Maine-based trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with a curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The result is a unique sound, at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. A debut CD, released in the spring of 2010, gives a generous helping of Irish tunes spiced with Appalachian music and original compositions. The joy that these musicians take from playing with each other shines brightly, both in the recording and on the stage.

The Press Gang


The Prodigals (2011, 2014)

The Prodigals

 

They have headlined the Milwaukee and Dublin, Ohio Irish festivals and saw two of their tracks positioned in the Ed Norton/Colin Farrell movie, Pride and Glory. The Village Voice calls them "The best Irish trad-rock band...NYC's answer to The Pogues," while The Irish Times describes them as "fierce, frenetic and just the ticket." They are the only American-based artists on the recent Rough Guide to Irish Music CD. Like The Screaming Orphans, The Prodigals made their Maine debut at Saltwater.

The Prodigals


Prydein (2013-15)
Prydein

Prydein is a Celtic rock band formed in the Green Mountains by a couple of UVM students who were striving to find a sound that was new and exciting.  That sound was bagpipes mixed with electric guitar. The music, the energy and the humor coming from the group quickly propelled them to the national stage. The boys have become staples of the Highland Games’ circuit as well as headliners at Celtic music festivals across the nation. Traditional highland bagpiping mixed with modern rock flavor, tunes that flow effortlessly between time signatures and feel.

Prydein


The Pubcrawlers (2014)
The Pubcrawlers

The Pubcrawlers saw their first full-length album, 2005′s Another Night on the Floor, released to the international punk rock circuit to great critical acclaim. The band returned even stronger with the release of 2008′s One Too Many Again, a sophomore effort that landed on several “best-of” lists around the world and garnered a great deal of critical praise. This was followed, in 2012, by Vintage Brews and Punkabilly Blues, a split record with The Outsiders, and Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks. The Pubcrawlers have spent the past 12 years carving out a solid niche for themselves in the Celtic folk punk world.

The Pubcrawlers


Raz-de-Marée (2013)
Raz-de-Marée

Musique Traditionnelle Québécoise - Raz-de-Marée (Tidal Wave) is a unique ensemble on the Quebecois folk music scene. This group of top musicians has evolved since 2004 to evoke the original intent of traditional instrumental music: to make people dance. They reveal a deeply rooted music, authentic and heartfelt, and perform for dances as well as on concert stages and participate in camps and workshops. The band’s impeccable performances make them American and Canadian festival favorites. If you like your music with splashes of accordion, bones and foot percussion, you will love Raz-de-Marée!

Raz-de-Marée


Robbie O'Connell (2015)
Robbie O'Connell

Born in Waterford, Ireland, Robbie grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. During college breaks, he worked as an Irish entertainer in the US. A nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded 3 albums with them. The Boston Globe describes Robbie O’Connell as “a writer of timeless-sounding, emotionally powerful and often hilarious songs” and places him “among the most respected guitarists, singer and songwriters in Celtic music.” We couldn’t agree more.

Robbie O'Connell


Saltwater Satellite Events (2011-12-13)
Naia

An important part of the first three festivals were the Saltwater Satellite Events at leading Maine venues. Over the course of 2011 to 2013, Saltwater Satellite Events were staged on the days leading up to Saltwater at Maine Maritime Museum (Bath), Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay), One Longfellow Square (Portland), Acadia Trad School at College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor), Gritty McDuff's (Freeport), Skye Theatre (Carthage), Byrnes Irish Pubs (Brunswick and Bath), Unity College (Unity), Tillotson Center (Colebrook, NH), St. Kierans (Berlin, NH), Lakeside Theater (Rangeley), Black Bear Cafe (Naples), Fisherman's Wharf Inn (Boothbay Harbor), Deertrees Theater (Harrison), Bull Feeney's (Portland), King Eider's Pub (Damariscotta), and Feille Restaurant (Wells).



Screaming Orphans (2011-12-13-15)
Screaming Orphans

The Screaming Orphans are four funny, high-spirited, musically-obsessed sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal Ireland. Their sound has been compared to many and their musical influences are wide and varied, but the Orphan energy, rooted in solid Irish traditions, makes for a sound and experience like no other. In fact, it's a sound and experience that gets invited back to perform at leading Celtic and Irish music festivals around the world, including three consecutive Saltwater performances. We’ve said it before and we’ll certainly say it again, you won't soon forget these Donegal gals!

The Screaming Orphans


Searson (2012)
Searson

Searson is Erin, Heather and Colleen Searson, three multi-talented sisters that grew up in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario, play a variety of instruments, and step dance. Piano, organ, fiddle, tenor guitar and bass are all highlighted in their performances and acclaimed drummers and percussionists round out the live shows. They have toured heavily in N. America and Europe and, last year, headlined the prestigious Festival Ortiguiera in Spain. Searson has recorded six albums during their already illustrious career and they made their Maine debut at Saltwater.

Searson


Sprag Session (2012)
Grant

The leader of Sprag Session, Colin Grant, and his fiddle have stepped to the forefront of the East Coast trad music scene, and people are sitting up and taking notice. He has already toured throughout the world and is the recipient of an ECMA nomination for Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Sprag Session, lingering somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk, was joined by gifted young fiddler Chrissy Crowley and multi-instrumentalist Darren MacMullen at Saltwater in an all-star showcase of the music of Cape Breton.

Sprag Session


The Squid Jiggers (2011-13)
Maine Maritime Museum

The Squid Jiggers performed for the third Saltwater Satellite Event at Maine Maritime Museum beautiful Long Reach Hall in Bath (2013). This Maine-based folk duo comprised of inveterate musician-entertainers, Dave Rowe and Troy R. Bennett, took their name from the A.R. Scammell song “Squid Jigging Ground,” which is a wonderful musical depiction of fishing for squid in the waters off Newfoundland. They combine their talents on guitar, bass, bodhrán, and tin whistles to lay down a thunderous musical base for their robust vocal harmonies.

Maine Maritime Museum
Squid Jiggers


Troy MacGillivray with Ryan McGiver (2013)
College of the Atlantic

The Acadia Trad School presented two Saltwater Satellite events in 2013 at their base of operations on the campus of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. As part of their Cape Breton, Acadian, Quebecois week they featured gifted Cape Breton fiddler Troy MacGillivray with Ryan McGiver and Velocipede with Richard Forest in concert.

Acadia Trad School
Troy MacGillivray
Ryan McGiver


Vishten (2013)
College of the Atlantic

The Acadia Trad School presented two Saltwater Satellite events in 2013 at their base of operations on the campus of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. As part of their Cape Breton, Acadian, Quebecois week they presented the Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn, consisting of twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastel LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse.

Acadia Trad School
Vishten


Young Dubliners (2013)
The Young Dubliners

The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock's hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year, and certainly one of the most exciting. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as festival favorites. The Young Dubliners’ Maine debut consisted of not one, but two days at Saltwater.

The Young Dubliners


2014 Acadian Congress (2014)
College of the Atlantic

Saltwater partnered with the World Acadian Congress 2014 and Skye Theatre to present a musical showcase of our region's rich Acadian roots. The mini-tour featured Acadian singer/songwriter Pascal Lejeune of Pointe-Verte, New Brunswick, Patrice Michaud of Cap-Chat in Québec's Gaspé region, and Lewiston, Maine's own Denny Breau. The three Saltwater Satellite Events included stops in Bethel (Bingham Hall, July 16), S. Carthage (Skye Theatre, July 17) and Berlin, NH (St. Kieran, July 18). This was a great way to get in the mood for Saltwater, the Celtic Crossroads Festival, and the 2014 World Acadian Congress!

Sky Theater
2014 Acadian Congress