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Canada’s Celtic ambassadors! For nearly three decades, Cape Breton-based family group the Barra MacNeils has been thrilling audiences of all ages, both near and far, with their sparkling repertoire, vocals, instrumental prowess and vibrant showmanship.

Win a trip to Cape Breton for Celtic Colours 2020

Win a seven-day trip for two to Cape Breton Island for the 2020 Celtic Colours International Festival.

Your trip will include:

  • Airfare to Nova Scotia from anywhere Air Canada or WestJet fly in North America
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Ticket to 5 Celtic Colours performances
  • 7-day vehicle rental

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Acadian dance troupe La Swing du Suête part of maritime Christmas Tour

During August 2019, The Barra MacNeils performed another of what has become an annual tradition for the group; in the form of a summer theatre concert in the Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Acadian village of Cheticamp.  Among the local performers featured as guests in that concert were the dancers from La Swing du Suete.   It was from that experience that the idea of featuring the dancers as guests on all the December 2019 maritime concerts on the Barra MacNeils’ annual Christmas Tour came to light. La troupe de danse La Swing du suête, de Chéticamp au Cap-Breton, se joint au groupe The Barra MacNeils pour leurs spectacles dans les provinces maritimes lors de leur tournée de Noël Maritime 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour.

20th annual East Coast Christmas tour kicks off on November 27th

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas celebrates 20 years of annual concert touring this year, beginning on November 27th in Parry Sound. Check the calendar to see all dates.

35 years calls for a celebration!

We’re excited to celebrate 35 years with our friends at the Aulds Cove Irving Big Stop this Saturday, Aug 17! We’ll be performing at 1:45 pm and would love to see some familiar faces in the crowd. There will be lots of good old-fashioned fun to enjoy – hope to see you there!

Barras looking forward to their annual hometown concert

In a career filled with special moments, some of the biggest involves their annual hometown concerts to be held this year on Monday, August 12, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sydney Mines…. the band prepares for the Sydney Mines show, rehearsing special tunes from their extensive catalogue. There are some tunes that only get played here but the extra work getting them ready is worth it. “It’s always been great to play our hometown – for us, it’s a labour of love.”