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The Cape Breton family band’s ‘An East Coast Christmas’ concert mixes traditional and Celtic seasonal fare, extraordinary musicianship, hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballads, storytelling, and a flurry of foot-stomping instrumentals.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve been touring Christmas shows for 15 years – it really is a fan-favourite,” said Stewart MacNeil in a telephone interview with Seaway News. “The material comes mainly from three holiday albums we’ve released – every year we mix it up to keep it fresh.”
Fans can also look forward to festive classics, such as: Oh Holy Night, Ave Maria, A Christmas in Killarney, and Auld Lang Syne.
The five MacNeil siblings – including Lucy, Boyd, Kyle, and Sheumas – combine on a vast array of instruments: accordian, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistles, bouzouki, and flute – all underpinned by the nimble-fingered Jamie Gatti on bass.
Read the whole article here: http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/Arts/2015-11-30/article-4360135/An-East-Coast-Christmas-is-coming-to-Cornwall/1