Events downtown

Sep 17

Enter the Haggis in Concert
Location: 609 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101, US
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Event website

Celtic rockers, Enter the Haggis will serve up songs from their musical catalog at Portland’s historic StateTheatre on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on day of show. Doors open at 7:00.

With nine studio albums, five live albums, and music in several feature films, Enter the Haggis has a large repertoire from which to choose a set-list.

Instrumental choices are plentiful, too. Brian Buchanan, Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie share an assortment of eight instruments between them, including trumpet, Irish whistles, bagpipes, and fiddle. Classic rock instrumentation backs their multi-textured sound.

Always at the vanguard of the Celtic-inspired music scene, ETH has become a genre unto themselves. Their lyrics hold meaning and promise with their fans, and their musicianship holds respect from musical peers.

Brett Elliott, Executive Director of Connecticut’s Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, said of Enter the Haggis, “Energy and excitement! This group engaged the audience from the first beat, and after doing an acoustic tune in the audience at the end of the show, became an instant crowd favorite.”

No strangers to the Portland area, the six-member band has regularly entertained audiences at the State Theatre, the old Port City Music Hall and has recorded multiple Studio Z sessions at the WCLZ radio.

Their latest album, “The Archer’s Parade,” was released in March of 2020 and immediately sidelined by the pandemic. Fortunately, live music is back in force, and so is Enter the Haggis.

Portland’s State Theatre was built in 1929, opening with Gloria Swanson’s first talking film. The theatre features elaborate Art Deco and Moorish architecture and has been refurbished several times over the past 60 years. The most recent improvement was the first-time installation of air conditioning in July 2022. The 1860 seat theater hosts live concert performances most nights of the week. For more information, visit, or call (207) 956-6000.