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Barra MacNeils make first trip to Yorkton

images-NewsReviewDevin Wilger / Yorkton News Review
April 2, 2015 01:27 PM

The Barra MacNeils have been performing together all of their lives, and have become a fixture of the Canadian music scene in the process. They will be doing a short Saskatchewan tour, hitting three cities, including Yorkton on April 8.

Kyle MacNeil, one of the founding members of the group, says that the band has been playing music since they could pick up an instrument, and the family has been making music before there was an official band. A big reason why the band has been able to have such a long career, MacNeil says, is because all of the members know each other well and are all on the same page when it comes to music and what they want to see.

“The big thing, being a family band we know what the goal is at the end of the day and the end of the year. Our goals are similar, we get along great. Bands that come from different areas or are not related, sometimes the turnover can happen quite often, but in our case we’ve been able to stick it out.”

This is the first time the group will play in Yorkton, MacNeil believes, and he says that the regular Barra MacNeil show, which has “all the hits” and is a lively show with traditional music, singing and step dancing.

“I always find it exciting to play in a new place, visiting an area that you haven’t seen before and playing in a theatre that you haven’t been in before… Hopefully we can make some new friends and some new fans.”
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The Barra MacNeils at Vic Juba Community Theatre


Simon Arseneau

Multimedia Journalist

For the group Barra MacNeils music is not just a career, it is a family business that has been going on for nearly 30 years.

MacNeil siblings Kyle, Lucy, Sheumas, Stewart, Boyd, and Jamie Gatti have been performing for audiences since 1986 with an assortment of instruments such as piano, Celtic harp, guitar, flute, banjo, and the accordion.

“My three older brothers, Sheumas, Kule and Stewart, they performed the three of them for many years as the MacNeil brothers, and then the Barra MacNeils,” said Lucy MacNeil. “My first stint was actually Expo ‘86 in Vancouver, that was my first full summer with the Barra MacNeils. We’ve been going ever since.”

The Barra MacNeils in Massachusetts


…Now the Chevalier will add another chapter to its distinguished history by serving as a venue for the Barra MacNeils, whose performances are noted for featuring multiple lead vocalists, songs in English and Gaelic, entrancing harmonies, numerous acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments, and step dancing…