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For audiences coming to see the Barra MacNeils for the first time don’t expect to see them play the same instruments every song. These are musicians known for their mastery of a variety of instruments including accordion, tin whistle, flute, bouzouki, guitar, keyboards, piano, bodhran, banjo, percussion, fiddle, Celtic harp and mandolin. And to round it off, they sing and do a bit of step dancing.
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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.
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.
After a sold-out 2014 tribute that one audience member called “simply wonderful,” Symphony Nova Scotia once again pays homage to Cape Breton’s Queen of Song. Join our orchestra and long-time Rita collaborators Scott Macmillan, the Men of the Deeps, Lucy MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, and Rita’s niece Katriona MacNeil for an encore performance of Rita’s most loved music. Highlights include We Rise Again, Flying on Your Own, The Ballad of Springhill, Working Man, Home I’ll Be, and many more.
Hogman-eh! with The Barra MacNeils! Join Master of Ceremonies Bill Welychka as The Scottish Society of Ottawa hosts its fifth annual “Hogman-eh!” – New Year’s Eve Scottish Style! in the Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario. It’s free! Doors openimage1 at 5 p.m. Ring in the New Year twice. The first time is at 7 p.m. (midnight in Scotland) when the “Kids Zone” festivities reach their peak with a piper led march of the kids to the main stage balloon drop.
So what can fans in Brockville expect from Sunday’s performance? A little of everything, he says.
“The show features a lot of Lucy’s big, big ballads that a lot of people have come to expect each year,” as well as plenty of energetic audience and family favorites, he said. “There’s a lot of really upbeat traditional Cape Breton sounds…and there’s always a good dose of story and some dance.”
With the days growing shorter and darker through the month, Stewart says he hopes the show “brings a bit of light to the season.”
The Barra MacNeils will be finishing-up their legendary cross-country Christmas tour at home in Nova Scotia. Tour dates include two shows at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay on December 18, and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on December 19 and 20. Celebrating over 30 years of music, the five siblings inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of the holidays with Christmas in Concert with the Barra MacNeils – showcasing their unique stamp on family favourites and fresh new songs for the season.