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DOWNTOWN PORTLAND, MAINE - OCTOBER 3-5, 2014


Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships. As the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, the Grammy-awarded artist has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide, contributed to movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed with the London Symphony and the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, and was an original musical star of Riverdance. Her high energy shows with Immigrant Soul have garnered rave reviews throughout the Celtic and World music communities, and beyond. Eileen, as the Washington Post has pointed out, is "the future of Celtic fiddle."

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The Prodigals
The Prodigals

They have headlined the Milwaukee and Dublin, Ohio Irish festivals and saw two of their tracks positioned in the Ed Norton/Colin Farrell movie, Pride and Glory. The Village Voice calls them "The best Irish trad-rock band...NYC's answer to The Pogues," while The Irish Times describes them as "fierce, frenetic and just the ticket." We just call these lads F-U-N!! The Prodigals negotiate contemporary originals and classics with equal parts class and verve. They are the only American-based artists on the recent Rough Guide to Irish Music CD. The Prodigals made their Maine debut at the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival 2011.

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Mari Black
Mari Black

An internationally-acclaimed performer, Mari has been featured at Celtic Highland Games, Argentine tango festivals, folk festivals, jazz concert series, and Carnegie Hall. Mari has appeared with artists such as Mark O’Connor and Willie Ruff in live performance and national media broadcast, including Fox and CBS morning news and NPR’s “Here and Now.” Mari is the reigning National Scottish Fiddle Champion and, in the past two years alone, has won awards from the most prestigious Western classical and Celtic competitions. Mari has toured extensively and will appear in a trio setting at Saltwater.

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The Gothard Sisters
The Gothard Sisters

These three sisters from the Pacific Northwest, ages 17 to 26, started out with classical violin training and competitive Irish dance that resulted in competing in the Irish Dancing World Championships for four consecutive years. Also accomplished on guitar, bodhran and voice, their love for music, dance and storytelling is their inspiration for performing and recording. The Gothard Sisters have recorded six CDs, including Celtic Radio's 2011 Album of the Year, and made their Maine debut at Saltwater. They have returned to the Pine Tree State several times since last July and return to Saltwater 2014 by popular demand!

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The John Byrne Band
The John Byrne Band

The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick's Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. His first solo effort, After the Wake, was released to great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, Byrne’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band promoted the albums with a series of sold out shows at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and many of the East Coast's premiere live acoustic venues. The Daily News calls him “edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.”

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Fodhla
Fodhla

Fodhla is a powerhouse collaboration of three veterans of the international Celtic music scene. Nicole Rabata (flute) is highly regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has appeared at the most prestigious international festivals and conventions and is on the faculty at Colby College and 317 Main Street. Bethany Waickman (guitar) co-founded the contra dance trio, Anadama, while working at Pinewoods in 2007 and has been performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band since 2008. Ellery Klein (fiddle) spent four years fiddling with the acclaimed Irish band, Gaelic Storm. In 2008, she co-founded the Boston-based all-female vocal and instrumental group Long Time Courting.

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Août Gris
The Press Gang

Août Gris is the talented duo of Chris Gray and Gus LaCasse. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Mount Desert Island. He holds an MA in ethnomusicology and a diploma in Irish Music from University College Cork. He specializes in the great Highland bagpipes, the Irish Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistles. Gus, who plays violin, was drawn to the rhythms and sounds of traditional Acadian and Quebecoise music long before he was old enough to understand musical genres or how musical traditions are defined. The duo recently appeared on a Canadian national television broadcast from the World Acadian Congress in Madawaska.

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The Press Gang
The Press Gang

This Maine-based trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with a curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The result is a unique sound, at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. A debut CD, released in the spring of 2010, gives a generous helping of Irish tunes spiced with Appalachian music and original compositions. The joy that these musicians take from playing with each other shines brightly, both in the recording and on the stage. Saltwater looks forward to welcoming the lads back for their third Saltwater appearance in four years!

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Ashley Davis
Ashley Davis

Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Ashley began performing live throughout the Midwest region at the age of 14. Pursuing a graduate degree from the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at the University of Limerick, she earned her Master's degree under the direction of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. In 2006, she journeyed to the Isle of Man, where she was an Artist in Residence, capturing and recording the native Manx language, as well as the melodies and stories of the island. In 2010, she was named one of the most influential Irish-Americans under the age of 40 and we are looking forward to her Maine debut at Saltwater 2014!

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Maine Celtic Scene
Maine Celtic Scene

Please join us in celebration of what we consider to be one of the very best things about Maine's vibrant Celtic music scene - Irish Night at Blue. Blue is a Saltwater 2014 participating venue and it's also the place where, every Wednesday evening, thanks to the sure-handed guidance of Tom Rota, Maine Celtic musicians and fans gather for a few hours of tunes, relaxation and rejuvenation in the company of great friends. Make sure you check out this Portland institution as part of your Saltwater experience, support them, and come back any Wednesday evening throughout the year!

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The Pubcrawlers
The Pubcrawlers

The Pubcrawlers saw their first full-length album, 2005′s Another Night on the Floor, released to the international punk rock circuit to great critical acclaim. The band returned even stronger with the release of 2008′s One Too Many Again, a sophomore effort that landed on several “best-of” lists around the world and garnered a great deal of critical praise. This was followed, in 2012, by Vintage Brews and Punkabilly Blues, a split record with The Outsiders, and Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks. The Pubcrawlers have spent the past 12 years carving out a solid niche for themselves in the Celtic folk punk world.

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Michael Shaughnessy
The Bb Sisters

Michael is a USM professor focusing on sculpture, design, drawing and creative entrepreneurship. The Saltwater artist in residence will be setting up near Congress Square for an afternoon of building Coracles, the ancient Celtic personal watercraft made of bent and lashed willow or ash strips. The Coracles will be constructed by teams of University of Southern Maine Art and Design Foundations students under the leadership of Michael and assisted by Rachel Taylor. Later, the teams will apply pitch to the Coracles and test in the waters of the recovering Presumpscot River.

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