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This time of year, Cape Breton’s Barra MacNeils would normally be packing up to head out to Victoria B.C. to begin their 30-stop cross-country Christmas tour. But with restrictions around the singularly un-seasonal virus, this December they are embarking on a “cross-bubble” outing. Along the way they will make a virtual appearance at the Boston Tree Lighting.
Please check the calendar for the latest updates, ticket details and any last-minute changes due to health protocols.
Says lead vocalist and multi-intrumentalist, Lucy MacNeil, “Travelling and being away from home this time of year can be difficult but over the years meeting up with our audiences and hearing about how our Christmas show has been added to their traditions makes it all worthwhile. This year we are doing only a handful of shows in our “Maritime Bubble“ and although things will be noticeably different we expect the heart of the holiday season to be stronger than ever.”
This has been an “annus horribilus” for most of the performing community as venues have shut down or opened to vastly reduced capacities. Like so many of their colleagues, the Barras have seen the majority of this year’s dates cancelled and revenues sharply diminished. So when faced with the opportunity to take to the stage, reconnect with fans and celebrate the season – even in a small way – they were all in. A key factor in their decision was each venue’s strict adherence to health and safety guidelines in their province.
The Barra MacNeils’ Celtic Christmas is a treat for the whole family. The five siblings are known for their brilliant instrumentals, ringing harmonies and delightful flair for storytelling. The show is entertainment at its highest level, leaving memories that will last beyond the season for a lifetime.
Ticket buyers should note that important protocols are outlined on the websites of each performance venue and that some events may become live stream only if the protocol changes suddenly.