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The Barra MacNeils National Christmas Tour makes its way from coast to coast again this year!


November 19, 2018: The Barra MacNeils National Christmas Tour makes its way from coast to coast again this year!

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas features a highly entertaining mix of traditional seasonal fare along with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. Their show has been touring nationally, as well as in the U.S, for years to sold-out houses. Fans can look forward to classic favourites including: O Holy Night, Ave Maria, Christmas in Killarney and Auld Lang Syne as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime.

The Barra MacNeils are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Their live performance offers a depth of talent that includes multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top-drawer instrumental talent on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, humour and Gaelic songs. It is family entertainment at the highest level.

Their latest album, On The Bright Side, was released during the summer of 2018. This is an exquisite collection of everything Barra MacNeils fans love. An upbeat album ranging from familiar fiddle tunes to heart-wrenching Gaelic ballads. The album features distinctive family harmonies, an array of rhythmic instruments weaving through and around various themes – some decidedly classical but then, suddenly, very traditional Cape Breton – the lads singing a cappella and thoughtful solos that merge into all-hands-on-deck medleys. Experience the trademark passion and energy of The Barra MacNeils.

This year anyone attending a Barra MacNeils Christmas concert will also have an opportunity to win a trip to Cape Breton Island through a partnership with the Island’s tourism organization Destination Cape Breton. Details will be provided at each live performance.

2018 Tour Dates

Nov. 20: The Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River, BC
Nov. 21: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC
Nov 22: Centennial Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Nov 24: Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose, AB (SOLD OUT!)
Nov 25: Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff, AB
Nov 26: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, AB
Nov 27: Key City Theatre, Cranbrook, BC
Nov 29: Casino Regina, Regina, SK
Dec 1: The Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
Dec 3: Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon, MB
Dec 4: Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, MB
Dec. 5: Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, MB
Dec. 6: Community Theatre Centre, Sault Ste Marie Sault, ON
Dec. 7: Ottawa Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe, Ottawa, ON
Dec. 9: Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound, ON (SOLD OUT!)
Dec. 10: The River Run Centre, Guelph, ON
Dec. 11: Georgian Theatre, Barrie, ON
Dec, 12: Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough, ON
Dec. 13: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON
Dec. 14: The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
Dec. 15: Regent Theatre, Oshawa, ON (PM SHOW SOLD OUT! 2nd show added at 3:00PM)
Dec. 17: The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, NS
Dec. 18: The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, NS
Dec. 19: First United Church, Truro, NS
Dec. 20: Confederation Center, Charlottetown, NS
Dec. 21: Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB
Dec. 23: The Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay, NS (2 shows: 3:00PM & 7:30PM)

For more information about each show:

About the Barra MacNeils: Multi-award winners and Canada’s Celtic ambassadors, the Barra MacNeils have released over 17 recordings and DVDs. They continue to perform to sold out audiences throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Europe. From headlining major festivals, concerts, special guest appearances (Rita MacNeil’s CTV Christmas Special, performing with The Chieftains) television specials, film and television placement (Men with Brooms soundtrack; Racket In The Attic) and their annual Christmas tour, they have set the course with a solid foundation for success.

On Spotify:

Christmas playlist


For press queries or more information: Andre Bourgeois / INSTINCT