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 - 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 www.saltwaterfest.com
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.
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.
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
from In my Craft or Sullen Art
Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.
Here’s a full slate of Saltwater Satellite Events in July:
13 - Portland Celtic Celebration - One Longfellow Square - Portland
16 – 2014 Acadian Congress Showcase – Bingham Hall – Bethel
17 – Troy MacGillivray - College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor
17 - 2014 Acadian Congress Showcase – Skye Theatre – S. Carthage
18 - 2014 Acadian Congress Showcase – St. Kieran – Berlin
19 – Vishten (pictured) - College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor
19 – The Squid Jiggers – Maine Maritime Museum – Bath
19 – Naia – Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Boothbay
19 – Saltwater Showcase – Whale Park – Boothbay Harbor
check www.saltwaterfest.com and specific venues for details
Tickets for the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival (July 20-21, 2013) at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick are available just about everywhere! We highly recommend that you get your tickets soon, at: saltwaterfest.com; all Bull Moose and Mexicali Blues locations; Celtic Treasures, Maine Mead Works, Bridgham and Cook, Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Coast Books, Grasshopper Shops of Searsport and Rockland, Byrnes Irish Pubs, Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Everyday Music, Rising Tide Brewery Tasting Room and a few other places as well. And, if you want to make a weekend of it, consider camping at Thomas Point Beach or reserving a room where the musicians stay, the Brunswick Comfort Inn - mention Saltwater for a 20% discount on your room but they’re going fast.
the staff of the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival
The Saltwater Celtic Music Festival 2013 is slated to open on Saturday, July 20th with a very special program that will feature the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps and their friends from the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums of Long Island, the first volunteer firefighter’s bagpipe band in the nation. Nassau County firefighters were first responders during last year’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 this summer.
The name is “Saltwater,” and that’s no accident. Not only is Saltwater presented on Thomas Bay (Thomas Point Beach) but it seems fitting that so many of Saltwater’s friends and collaborators have deep ties to the sea. A few of these partners include Rising Tide Brewery of Portland and the Maine Island Trail Association. Rising Tide’s special edition Maine Island Trail Ale is destined to be the exclusive draft at Saltwater; a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit MITA which has developed an incredible water trail spanning 200 islands and coastal sites. Other collaborators include the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, both with prime water frontage! In fact, four of the Saltwater Satellite events have ties to the Atlantic, including the Acadia Trad School at College of the Atlantic and Fisherman’s Wharf Inn and Whale Park in Boothbay Harbor. Saltwater is proud of its Atlantic connections and thrilled to share them with you.