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A coast-to-coast tour stopping in Midland Dec. 9

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Midland MirrorBy Frank Matys
MIDLAND – As traditions go, the Barra MacNeils’ annual East Coast Christmas Tour is as much a part of the holiday season as mistletoe and eggnog.

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“We get people now who say, ‘I started coming to see you guys when I was a kid,’ and now they’re grown up with kids of their own,” band member Stewart MacNeil said in advance of a Dec. 9 performance at the Midland Cultural Centre.

MacNeil was speaking from the group’s tour bus as it made its way east from British Columbia, the first leg of a cross-country tour that wraps up in Halifax, N.S., in late December.

“The response has been really great,” he said of the initial shows. “The audiences have been warm and we’ve been catching up with some old friends along the way and picking up some new ones, too.” Read the whole article here: http://www.simcoe.com/whatson-story/6157446-barra-macneils-coast-to-coast-tour-stopping-in-midland-dec-9/

An East Coast Christmas to Oshawa

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Christmas is full of traditions and The Barra MacNeils hitting the road around the holidays has become one of them. The Nova Scotia Celtic band, made up of the MacNeil siblings, is touring a Christmas show for the fifth year. The Barra MacNeils play Oshawa’s Regent Theatre on Dec. 6.

A Christmas tradition in Peterborough

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… that sense of home that they can bring wherever they play. Especially at Christmas, when they share the warmth of their childhood on Cape Breton with audiences across the country. This happens Thursday night at Showplace, with a 7:30 performance of their annual An East Coast Christmas show. Tickets are $50 and available at the Showplace box office, 705-742-7469 or online at showplace.org. Featuring five musical Macneil siblings – Stewart, Kyle, Lucy, Sheumas and Boyd, with Jamie Gatti on bass, the holiday celebration lets the family soar on traditional instruments, with stepdancing, storytelling and their famous harmonies, often served up a capella.