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.
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 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.
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
Verse of the Month
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.
Start Your Saltwater Experience Early
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