The Barra MacNeils are about to launch into a very busy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Since cloning is not yet a viable option, everyone involved had to get creative to make major overlapping symphony concerts work.
Lucy MacNeil is lending her stellar vocal talents to Symphony Nova Scotia’s “Flying On Your Own: A Tribute to Rita MacNeil” at Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for two shows, March 18, at 7:30PM and March 19, at 2PM. This encore performance of a fan favourite event, (two concerts took place in 2014) is sure to bring everyone in the two full houses to their feet repeatedly.
Lucy’s brothers, and the balance of the Barra MacNeils: Kyle, Stewart, Sheumas and Boyd (including bassist Jamie Gatti) are all spending an evening in concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Ashley MacIssac on March 17 at 8PM. This is yet another full house (1600 +) at the Jack Singer Concert Hall and promises to be a once in a lifetime collaboration between the two acts (as well as dancers and other musicians). This is the first return to perform with the CPO for the MacNeils since doing three sold out shows in 2014.
The Barra MacNeils’ management had this to say:
“The opportunity to be included in both prestigious events in a unique way presented itself some time ago. We accepted the challenge and it’s worked out to be a big success for all concerned. Everybody is happy; and most of all, the fans get rewarded with extraordinary musical programming. That they can step outside their ordinary live concert structure and perform differently, at these highest and most demanding levels, speaks to the group’s deep creativity and incredible musical dexterity.”
The Barra MacNeils are currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio recording, set for release later in 2018; as well as filling up the summer and fall concert calendars, with another National Christmas tour to take place in November/December 2017.