Saltwater tickets are now available online. To show our gratitude for past support, we’re offering limited quantity, early-bird specials and VIP packages. These special offers will end without notice and we encourage you to check them out: TICKETS and OFFERS.

Please visit our website today, watch for announcements on Facebook, and don’t delay getting your tickets for what is shaping up to be THE Celtic music event of the year! October 3-5, 2014 in beautiful downtown Portland, Maine. See you at Saltwater!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Wishing All Of Our Friends A Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014!!

Wishing All Of Our Friends A Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014!!

Saltwater 2014

After a great deal of soul-searching and planning, the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival has decided to move, in time and space, to the first weekend of October, 2014 and to downtown Portland, Maine. Great friends at Thomas Point Beach and their pristine park, the prettiest park in Maine, will be missed and while Saltwater intends to stage some limited outdoor performances, this move represents a relatively deep redesign. Ultimately, and most importantly, presenting a one-ticket, multiple venue event will allow us the opportunity to grow Saltwater and to offer our friends and fellow music fans the broadest spectrum of performers and activities within the rich cultural environment of downtown Portland. Special thanks goes out to everybody who helped us create three incredible Saltwater Celtic Music Festivals at Thomas Point Beach! More information will be available in the next Saltwater Celtic Times e-newsletter (February 21, 2014) and we will post updates regarding venue and performer bookings as they occur. Tickets will go on sale during May. We hope you will join us for what promises to be the greatest Saltwater yet, October 3-5, 2014 in Portland, Maine. We’re taking it downtown!

Verse of the Month

Happy Birthday to Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire, Mr. Robert Burns (25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796).

from Tam o’ Shanter

When chapman billies leave the street,
And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet;
As market days are wearing late,
And folk begin to tak the gate,
While we sit bousing at the nappy,
An’ getting fou and unco happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles,
That lie between us and our hame,
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.

Robert Burns

Brunswick 10-Day Forecast Looking Good!

The first 10 day forecast is in and it looks like we’re heading for a gorgeous Saltwater weekend - July 20-21.

Saltwater Satellite Events!!!

Saltwater Satellite Events -  a weeks’ worth of great, Celtic-themed entertainment will kick off this Saturday evening, July 13th with the Portland Celtic Celebration. The PCC, now in its second-year, features the cream of the crop of local talent (Boghat, Danielle Paus, The Press Gang, Liz Knowles and Kieran O’Hare, Elly Marshall and Ed Pearlman, and more!) in a 100% benefit for Portland’s cherished listening room, the non-profit One Longfellow Square. You can see the full schedule of satellite events (Maine Maritime Museum, Acadia Trad School, Skye Theatre and more) at

A full day of Saltwater Satellite Events have recently been added for Boothbay Harbor on Friday, July 19th. Naia will perform at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens at noon, a Paula de Fougerolles reading and book signing will occur at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library at 3:00, and there will be a dinner reception at Fisherman’s Wharf Inn with Paula, The Gothard Sisters and Kevin O’Hara! Fisherman’s Wharf Inn - 207-633-5090

Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick will also be hosting a Paula de Fougerolles’ reading and signing at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 18th with social-hour to follow at Byrnes.

Saltwater Art Festival?

Within the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival is a growing art movement under the direction of de-facto Saltwater Art Director, Michael Shaughnessy. Michael and his hay ball exerted a quiet but powerful impact on SW 2012 and will be returning this year with 2013 Artist-In-Residence and local scupltor, Judy O’Donnell, and Goldie, the Local Muscle Art Truck. Stop by and say hello to these artists who also happen to like Celtic music.

Advance Ticket Prices End July 15th!!

Saltwater tickets are available at the advance price at the following locations through July 15th:                                                             

  • Bangor – Bull Moose / Mexicali Blues
  • Waterville – Bull Moose
  • Searsport – Grasshopper Shop
  • Camden – The Owl and Turtle Bookshop
  • Rockland – Grasshopper Shop
  • Damariscotta – Maine Coast Book Shop
  • Newcastle - Mexicali Blues
  • Boothbay Harbor - Fisherman’s Wharf Inn
  • Lewiston – Bull Moose
  • Raymond - Mexicali Blues
  • North Windham – Bull Moose
  • Bath – Maine Maritime Museum / Byrnes
  • Brunswick – Bull Moose / Byrnes
  • Freeport - Bridgham and Cook / Mexicali Blues
  • Portland – Bull Moose / Mexicali Blues /Maine Mead Works / Rising Tide
  • South Portland - Bull Moose
  • Scarborough – Bull Moose
  • Sanford – Bull Moose
  • Ogunquit - Celtic Treasures
  • Portsmouth, NH – Bull Moose
  • Salem - Bull Moose

PHOTO OF THE MONTH - Ireland, the beautiful

PHOTO OF THE MONTH - Ireland, the beautiful