Annual hometown concert in Sydney Mines on Wednesday
They’ve been at it for more than 30 years but there’s nothing like a new album to keep the Barra MacNeils’ spirits “On the Bright Side.”Lucy MacNeil says the new album has a more optimistic slant and as far as she’s concerned, the group has never sounded better.
“In my mind, I think this is one of our best releases yet.”
“I really feel all of us are singing better, playing better than ever. We like how it flows.”
The album features a fan-pleasing mix of traditional instrumentals, some songs written by Stewart MacNeil, some songs written by other performers and a Gaelic tune, “Ribhinn Donn (Brown Haired Girl),” which MacNeil says has to pass scrutiny of a Gaelic speaker.