About Blackwater

For more than 20 years, Blackwater has been performing their high-energy brand of Celtic music to audiences across North America from sessions and pubs to concert halls and festival stages.  Formed in 1996, the group has released several albums, appeared on multiple compilations and brought their inspired love of their shared musical heritage to an ever growing fan base.  The band’s members have a rich tradition in Celtic, Folk, Classical and Contemporary Music and have successfully merged those individual influences into a unique and dynamic sound.

Striking vocal harmonies, intricate fiddle styles, multi-instrumental talent and a penchant for compelling rhythms lend the group its unmistakable take on the traditional.  Original compositions, innovative arrangements and an all embracing passion for fun freshen the mix for a show that has been described as “Sheer Ceili Aerobics!”




What People Are Saying About Blackwater

“Energetic stage presence, wicked fiddle skills and lilting vocals!”
Kelly-Anne Suarez, The Morning Call

 “A great blend of vocals and instrumentals.  Something for every lover of Irish Music”
Shay Clark, 90.9FM WDCB

“Purely Original…Unmistakably Celtic…Trad With a Twist!”
Tom Pearson, World Jam Radio

“Blackwater Steals the Stage!”
Coast Star Newspaper





Where We’ve Performed

Blackwater at Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA

Over the years we’ve had the pleasure to play many fantastic pubs, house concerts, concert halls and festivals.  We have also had the honor of playing with and opening for many groups including:
Moya Brennan
The Saw Doctors
Seamus Kennedy
John Whelan to name a few. 

Two sweaty Irishmen

Some of the venues and festival we have played include:

Celtic Classic Festival
MayFair Festival of the Arts
Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Festival
Philadelphia Ceili Group Festival
Buffalo Celtic Festival
Irish Festival at the Jersey Shore
Jack Frost Irish Festival
Smithville Irish Festival
Graeme Park Celtic Festival

Godfrey Daniels
Allentown Symphony Hall
The Civic Theater
The Irish Repertory Theater
Levitt Pavilion – Steel Stacks
Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil
Sellersville Theater
Zoellner Arts Center
Moravian College
The College of New Jersey
Lafayette College
Sands Casino & Resort
Caesars Resort Atlantic City
Jack Callaghan’s Ale House
Bravehearts Highland Pub
Brittingham’s Irish Pub
Rory Dolans
Molly Maguires Blackpoint Inn
Siamsa Irish Pub
Nine Fine Irishmen