BRUNSWICK, Maine — Saltwater Celtic Music Festival (www.saltwaterfest.com) will occur on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, at scenic Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, Maine.
Now in its third year, Saltwater Celtic Music Festival will present its largest lineup to date, featuring an unmatched collection of Celtic musicians from the traditional Celtic nations, including Ireland and Scotland, as well as the United States and Canada.
In addition to the two-day festival, Saltwater Satellite Events will be held at venues across Maine in the days leading up to the Festival.
With the clear, sparkling waters of Maine’s Casco Bay as a backdrop, Thomas Point Beach is a spectacular natural setting.
Saltwater Celtic Music Festival has assembled a top-tier lineup of traditional and contemporary internationally renowned Celtic musicians. Headlining and making their Maine debuts are The Young Dubliners, whose style blends traditional Irish music with modern rock, and the Pacific Northwest’s Gothard Sisters, champion Irish dancers whose energetic live performances combine Irish step dancing with Celtic arrangements of traditional and popular music.
Returning Festival favorites include Canadian folk rockers Enter the Haggis, Celtic pop/rock band Screaming Orphans, Quebec’s Raz-de-Maree, Scotland’s Paul McKenna Band, Maeve Gilchrist and the John Byrne Band. Local favorites Naia, The Squid Jiggers and others are scheduled to perform.
Innovative singer, songwriter, and harpist Maeve Gilchrist returns to emcee the Festival on Saturday, and noted author and John F. Kennedy National Award recipient Kevin O’Hara will once again emcee the Sunday schedule. 2012 Artist-in-Residence and USM professor Michael Shaughessy will return, with his hay ball, to supervise art projects and introduce the 2013 Artist-in-Residence.
Many artists meet and greet attendees after their performances, and once again the Festival grounds feature multiple food and beverage vendors, a Pub Tent and popular Celtic Merchant Mart.
A second Festival stage features workshops form noted experts in various Celtic song and dance traditions.
One-day Festival tickets are $25, and two-day Festival tickets are $40 when purchased before July 15. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available online at www.saltwaterfest.com and at Bull Moose locations throughout Maine.
Gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 21.
Saltwater Satellite Events are scheduled at leading area venues during the week leading up to the Festival. Friday, July 19 events will be held at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, and Whale Park and Fisherman’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor.
Other satellite events include the World Acadian Showcase Tour (a prelude to the World Acadian Congress 2014) at Mahoosuc Arts (Bethel, July 16); Skye Theatre (South Carthage, July 17); and St. Kierans (Berlin, NH, July 18).
Some satellite events require a separate ticket. Saltwater Satellite Event ticket and schedule information is available on the festival website, www.saltwaterfest.com.
Saltwater Celtic Music Festival is possible due to the generous contributions of leading brands and organizations, including The Comfort Inn of Brunswick, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Times Record of Brunswick, Maine Magazine, Riley Insurance, Maine Island Trail Association, Maine Mead Works and Rising Tide Brewery.