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Barra MacNeils make first trip to Yorkton

images-NewsReviewDevin Wilger / Yorkton News Review
April 2, 2015 01:27 PM

The Barra MacNeils have been performing together all of their lives, and have become a fixture of the Canadian music scene in the process. They will be doing a short Saskatchewan tour, hitting three cities, including Yorkton on April 8.

Kyle MacNeil, one of the founding members of the group, says that the band has been playing music since they could pick up an instrument, and the family has been making music before there was an official band. A big reason why the band has been able to have such a long career, MacNeil says, is because all of the members know each other well and are all on the same page when it comes to music and what they want to see.

“The big thing, being a family band we know what the goal is at the end of the day and the end of the year. Our goals are similar, we get along great. Bands that come from different areas or are not related, sometimes the turnover can happen quite often, but in our case we’ve been able to stick it out.”

This is the first time the group will play in Yorkton, MacNeil believes, and he says that the regular Barra MacNeil show, which has “all the hits” and is a lively show with traditional music, singing and step dancing.

“I always find it exciting to play in a new place, visiting an area that you haven’t seen before and playing in a theatre that you haven’t been in before… Hopefully we can make some new friends and some new fans.”
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