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The Saltwater Celtic Music Festival will occur on the weekend of October 3-5, 2014 in downtown Portland, Maine.

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We hope you will join us for what promises to be the most important event on the New England Celtic calendar this year.

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all events require Saltwater ticket unless otherwise noted

Friday - October 3

5:00 - 7:30 We will be at the First Friday Art Walk (open admission)
8:00 - ??? Saltwater Kick-Off Party at Brian Boru (by invitation or VIP ticket)
9:00 - ??? One Longfellow Square – Master storyteller Joseph Keane “Where the Old Tree Grows” with host and noted author, Kevin O’Hara (open admission)

Saturday - October 4

Port City Music Hall
7:00 The Prodigals
8:00 Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
9:00 The Prodigals
10:00 Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
11:00 The Pubcrawlers

One Longfellow Square
7:00 Ashley Davis
8:00 Mari Black Trio
9:00 The Gothard Sisters
10:00 Mari Black Trio
11:00 John Byrne Band

Acoustic Artisans
Noon Acadia Trad School Opens
1:00 Guitar Workshop w/ Chuck Donnelly
2:00 Intro to Pipes w/ Chris Gray
3:00 Intro to Music of Canada w/ Aout Gris
4:00 Acadia Trad School Session
7:00 Aout Gris
8:00 The Press Gang
9:00 Fodhla
10:00 Ashley Davis

3:30 – 5:30 Session hosted by Tom & Mike from Boghat
7:00 The Press Gang
8:00 Nicole Rabata and Bethany Waickman
9:00 Darlin’ Corey (Erica Brown and Matt Shipman)
10:00 Ed Pearlman and Will Woodson
11:00 Jack Deveraux and Tom Rota
12:00 Performers Only Open Jam! Anything can happen!

Bull Feeney's
9:00 Dave Rowe (open admission)

Maine Irish Heritage Center
Introductory Dance Demos and Workshops
1:00 Highland Dance w/ Emily Smaha
2:00 Highland and Cape Breton Step Dance w/ Laura Scott
3:00 Scottish Country Dance w/ Pat Tillotson
4:00 Irish Step Dance and Music w/ Carlene Stillson & The Gothard Sisters

Congress Square
12:00 - 5:00 (open admission)
Demonstration: Coracle Building w/
Michael Shaughnessy and USM art students
In the event of inclement weather, this demonstration will occur inside the Maine Irish Heritage Center

Sunday - October 5

11:00 Saltwater Brunch at Brian Boru (brunch ticket required)
12:00 Session with The Milliners at Bull Feeney's (open admission)
3:00 Session at Brian Boru (open admission)


Can I go to more than one performance?
YES! In addition to music and dance workshops on Saturday afternoon, your regular Saltwater ticket will gain you admission to all of the live music performances on Saturday evening, from 7:00 pm to closing.

Is seating available at each venue?
Seats are available at each venue but there will be some standing room as well. Port City Music Hall is set-up in the standing room, general admittance configuration that we believe is the best way to experience contemporary Celtic music and Celtic rock. But, even in this configuration, there is some limited seating available at Port City.

How far apart are the venues?
According to, it is less than half a mile from One Longfellow Square to Port City Music Hall with Blue and Acoustic Artisans between the two.

Do children need a ticket?
Yes. Now that Saltwater is a multiple-venue event with a limited number of tickets for sale, everybody seeking admission to Saltwater must purchase a ticket and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Are the venues and events kid-friendly?
This is a highly personal question that parents would need to answer for themselves. Some teenagers, for example, will get a lot out of Saltwater while younger children may be bored with it. Admittance to the venues will be permitted to children who have a ticket and, if under 18 years of age, are accompanied by an adult at all times.

How long will each artist perform?
This will vary by artist and venue but, typically, artists will each be performing two sets of just under an hour each at different times during the evening, not back to back.

How big are the venues?
Port City Music Hall holds 580. One Longfellow Square is around 160, Blue will hold about 30 or 40, and Acoustic Artisans around 50. Each venue has been chosen specifically for its appropriateness for the music we will be presenting. Port City Music Hall will be set up in the standing room, general admittance configuration.

Are the venues handicap accessible?
Acoustic Artisans, a second floor venue, is not handicap accessible.