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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.

Be part of the Barra MacNeils memorabilia contest

Photo by Angela Compagnone on Unsplash

We’re inviting our fans to dig into their concert-goer archives to find old photos, video footage, music, stories, posters or other items from past Barra MacNeils shows that they’d be willing to share with us.

You can send photos (under 10MB), scans or download links to videos to For large files (over 10MB) you can use WeTransfer or other online services.

Once we’ve collected your submissions, we will select a winner who will receive a special package including music, merch and other goodies. Selected memorabilia will be posted here once the contest is over for all to see.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

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.

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 Enter today at  

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!