Uncle Bob's Storage

Coffee By Design

Murphy's

Bull Feeneys

Port City Music Hall

Blue

One Longfellow Square

Skye Theater

Acadia Trad Music School


Downtown Portland, Maine - October 24, 2015



The Screaming Orphans
Screaming Orphans Screaming Orphans

The Screaming Orphans return to Saltwater 2015! The four funny, high-spirited, musically-obsessed sisters had the good fortune to be raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland. Their sound has been compared to many and their musical influences are wide and varied, but the Orphan energy, rooted in solid Irish traditions, makes for a sound and experience like no other. In fact, it's a sound and experience that gets invited back to perform at leading Celtic and Irish music festivals around the world, not just at Saltwater! We’ve said it before, and we’ll certainly say it again and again, you won't soon forget these Donegal gals!

The Screaming Orphans


Prydein
Prydein Prydein

Prydein is a Celtic rock band formed in the Green Mountains by a couple of UVM students who were striving to find a sound that was new and exciting.  That sound was bagpipes mixed with electric guitar. The music, the energy and the humor coming from the group quickly propelled them to the national stage. The boys have become staples of the Highland Games’ circuit as well as headliners at Celtic music festivals across the nation. Traditional highland bagpiping mixed with modern rock flavor, tunes that flow effortlessly between time signatures and feel. Audience favorites in 2013 we look forward to welcoming them to Saltwater 2015!

Prydein


Ozere
Ozere Ozere

Formed in April 2012, Ozere began as a vehicle to try out violinist Jessica Deutsch’s original compositions. She wanted to write fiddle and folk tunes for a string quartet, but chose to pair violin and cello with mandolin and upright bass. Those instruments gave the band more textures and a fierce percussive energy. Jessica then asked singer Emily Rockarts to come and sing a few songs with them at their first show, and vocals were added to the mix. This Toronto-based group takes equal inspiration from chamber groups and folk bands. It’s what happens when you bring together musicians who play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer, Afro Cuban, classical and more.

Ozere


Robbie O'Connell
Robbie O'Connell Robbie O'Connell

Robbie O'Connell was born in Waterford, Ireland and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where his parents had a small hotel. He spent a year touring the folk clubs in England before enrolling at University College Dublin. During vacations, Robbie worked as an Irish entertainer in the US. A nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded 3 albums with them. The Boston Globe describes Robbie O’Connell as “a writer of timeless-sounding, emotionally powerful and often hilarious songs” and places him “among the most respected guitarists, singer and songwriters in Celtic music.” We couldn’t agree more and look forward to his first Saltwater appearance.

Robbie O'Connell


Katie McNally
Katie McNally Katie McNally

Katie McNally, winner of several US National Junior titles and in 2009, the New England Scottish Fiddle Championship, first appeared at the legendary folk venue, Club Passim at age 13. She has been a member of the cross genre fiddle super-group, Childsplay, and appears on their upcoming CD and concert video release, “As the Crow Flies,” produced by Liz Carroll. She accompanied famed Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his North American tour to promote the release of his Sony Masterworks double album, “Discover.” She has played at the Newport Folk Festival, the Barns at Wolf Trap, The Freight and Salvage, Symphony Space, Benaroya Hall, as well as various folk venues throughout North America.

Katie McNally


Dave Rowe
Squid Jiggers Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe performed at Saltwater at his informal Portland headquarters, Bull Feeney's, in 2014. Dave often performs there in the solo setting and has built a strong following for The Squid Jiggers' weekly Wednesday evening performances. His latest CD, All of the Dreams, was three years in the making and released last summer. The project marked a sea change for the artist as he returned to his songwriting roots, digging deep, writing about loss, war, personal responsibility, love, and dreams while stretching out on both the guitar and the piano. Dave will perform at SW15 on a Congress Street venue early in the evening and, later in the evening, at Bull Feeney's.

Dave Rowe


Boghat
Boghat Dave Rowe

Boghat is a Traditional Irish Dance Music trio of accomplished musicians based out of Portland, Maine. The five year Saltwater veterans, under the watchful eye of impresario Tom Rota (host of Irish Music Night at Blue every Wednesday evening), play the traditional music of Ireland with a contemporary twist. From fiery reels and sexy jigs to plaintive airs and the occasional song, Boghat covers the entire spectrum of the genre, experimenting with contemporary elements while maintaining a healthy respect for the tradition.

Boghat


The Press Gang
Boghat Dave Rowe

This Maine-based trio, a big hit at Saltwater 2014, blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with a curiosity and aptitude for other styles. They intersperse their repertoire of Irish melodies with related tunes from Quebec, Scotland, and Appalachia, and some fine New England waltzes, and temper their arrangements with a musical sense of adventure, making each show spontaneous and fresh. A debut CD, released in the spring of 2010, was followed up last year with The Happy Days of Youth. The joy that these musicians take from playing with each other shines brightly, both in the recording studio and on the stage.

The Press Gang


Acadia Trad School
The Bb Sisters Acadia Trad

The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts is dedicated to promoting education and appreciation of traditional music, dance, art, instrument crafts and associated technologies. The school is for people who love traditional music and want to advance their knowledge and skills in music or dance. One week intensive classes are held at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine. Acadia Trad School will provide a taste of their school through an introductory piping workshop and Trad Gang performance at Saltwater 2015.

Acadia Trad School