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Robbie Burns Night with the Barra MacNeils – January 21, 2023

An evening of fun and enlightenment steeped in tradition with address to haggis, dinner, toasts, and music. With Masters of Ceremony Nathan Bishop MacDonald and Robert Pringle, and piper Bill Boxall. Scottish regalia and formal attire encouraged but not required. At the fabulous Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS.

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The East Coast Christmas concert tour – enroute coast to coast!

One of the most beloved concerts on the national seasonal circuit, the East Coast Christmas tour is back. The Barras  (as they are affectionately referred to by fans) will be touring nationally through November and December with a bigger, better, and busier show than ever! With 38 concerts over just 36 days (at press time), the tour begins on Vancouver Island, BC on Nov 17, wrapping up on Nova Scotia’s East coast Dec 22nd; touching down in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and finally their home province of Nova Scotia. Several dates are already sold out with many more drawing close to that same point. Second shows have been added in several markets, where possible, due to popular demand.

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Rise Together: N.S. entertainers to hit the stage in support of Fiona recovery efforts

CTV News Atlantic – Nova Scotia comedians and musicians are coming together this month to raise funds for those affected by post-tropical storm Fiona. “Rise Together!” will be held on Oct. 30 at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, N.S. The show will feature performances by several Cape Breton acts, including Ron James, Jimmy Rankin, The Barra MacNeils, Men of the Deeps, The Island Girls, and The Cape Breton House band. Proceeds from the event will go to the Canadian Red Cross to help with Fiona relief efforts. Tickets for “Rise Together!” are on sale now can be purchased at the Savoy Theatre or online. The event will also be livestreamed. Click Read More for full details and links.

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Warming up for the 2022 East Coast Christmas tour!

After two years of off-and-on, the Barra MacNeils are thrilled to be back to entertain fans with their popular yuletide celebration. One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the East Coast Christmas features a highly entertaining mix of traditional seasonal fare along with entertaining stories and dance, lush harmonies and dynamic instrumental stylings. This unique show is crafted to bring a Celtic spin to traditional favourites and original musical treasures.

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A hot review of a chilly evening from Saltwire of the Barra-MacNeils at Acoustic Roots Festival

The chill in Saturday night’s air didn’t stop Leijsa Wilton from enjoying The Barra MacNeil’s headlining set at this weekend’s Acoustic Roots Festival. Saltwire reviews this special evening.

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The warm weather is here and summer concerts are on!

We’re back! After two long years of waiting out pandemic health measures, we are thrilled to be back on stage and seeing you once again for some great summer concerts, beginning with the Greater Moncton Highland Games on June 18th, a visit to the Glenaladale Festival in P.E.I. on June 25th and The Markland in Dingwall on July 18th. We look forward to being you with you live, in person! Bookmark our calendar to see new dates.

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Saint Patrick’s Day concert – reserve now!

We are thrilled to announce our kickoff event of 2022. On March 17th we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Membertou Convention Center with a special guest – Mi’kmaq fiddler and 2022 ECMA nominee Morgan Toney. The show will start at 8PM and is in theatre-style seating. We encourage you to make a reservation for dinner at Kiju’s before the show and taste the delicious festive features.

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Maritime portion of the annual Christmas Tour rescheduled for 2022

Once again, the Covid-19 Grinch has upended plans for us to bring the Christmas show to the Maritimes. For the second year in a row, new capacity restrictions, in effect as of Friday, December 17th, have forced the postponement of the rest of our tour until 2022.

In most cases, if you can attend the new dates, your current tickets will still be valid and you can just hold on to your tickets until next year. Alternatively, you can contact the respective box office (click on the calendar venue link) to arrange a refund or contact us if you have a question.

While we were lucky to be able to complete the Ontario leg of our tour, we are beyond disappointed for the second year in a row to have to miss the opportunity to perform onstage with our hometown audiences.

We thank you for your support and understanding.

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It’s really happening! The 2021 Christmas Tour is (partly) on.

While the current scenario started by cooperating in time for the holidays, allowing the Christmas Tour to start rolling, changes in provincial health restrictions have forced some venues to reschedule for 2022. Check the calendar below for the latest updates for 2021 and visit the calendar link in the menu to see 2022 rescheduled dates.

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