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November 24, 2019

20th annual East Coast Christmas tour kicks off on November 27th

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas celebrates 20 years of annual concert touring this year, beginning on November 27th in Parry Sound. Check the calendar to see all dates.

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December 9, 2019

Acadian dance troupe La Swing du Suête part of maritime Christmas Tour

During August 2019, The Barra MacNeils performed another of what has become an annual tradition for the group; in the form of a summer theatre concert in the Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Acadian village of Cheticamp.  Among the local performers featured as guests in that concert were the dancers from La Swing du Suete.   It was from that experience that the idea of featuring the dancers as guests on all the December 2019 maritime concerts on the Barra MacNeils’ annual Christmas Tour came to light. La troupe de danse La Swing du suête, de Chéticamp au Cap-Breton, se joint au groupe The Barra MacNeils pour leurs spectacles dans les provinces maritimes lors de leur tournée de Noël Maritime 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour.

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November 24, 2019

Win a trip to Cape Breton for Celtic Colours 2020

Win a seven-day trip for two to Cape Breton Island for the 2020 Celtic Colours International Festival. Your trip will include: Airfare to Nova Scotia from anywhere Air Canada or WestJet fly in North America 7 nights’ accommodation Ticket to 5 Celtic Colours performances 7-day vehicle rental Enter today at  

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August 16, 2019

35 years calls for a celebration!

We’re excited to celebrate 35 years with our friends at the Aulds Cove Irving Big Stop this Saturday, Aug 17! We’ll be performing at 1:45 pm and would love to see some familiar faces in the crowd. There will be lots of good old-fashioned fun to enjoy – hope to see you there!

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August 9, 2019

Barras looking forward to their annual hometown concert

In a career filled with special moments, some of the biggest involves their annual hometown concerts to be held this year on Monday, August 12, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sydney Mines…. the band prepares for the Sydney Mines show, rehearsing special tunes from their extensive catalogue. There are some tunes that only get played here but the extra work getting them ready is worth it. “It’s always been great to play our hometown – for us, it’s a labour of love.”

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May 5, 2019

2019 winners of the prestigious Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year at ECMAs

CHARLOTTETOWN – Long-time Cape Breton favourites The Barra MacNeils proved they’re Atlantic Canadian favourites as well when they received the prestigious Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year Award at this year’s East Coast Music Awards Show on Thursday night in Charlottetown.
The remaining 2019 East Coast Music Awards, including the Industry Awards, will be handed out on Sunday, May 5 as part of the East Coast Music and Industry Awards celebration taking place in the Confederation Ballroom at Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward at 7:30 pm. The evening features performances by Paper Lions, Rose Cousins, Old Man Luedecke, and Postdata.

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February 12, 2019

Vote once a day until March 20, 2019

We are so very honoured to be nominated in this ECMA category along with many other outstanding artists. Voting has begun and you can vote ONCE A DAY until March 20, 2019. We would love your support!

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December 19, 2018

Seasonal cheer for Charlottetown on Dec 20

The Barra MacNeils are bringing plenty of seasonal cheer to Charlottetown with a concert set for Thursday, Dec 20, at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
“It goes from a kitchen party to midnight mass in the span of one show,” said MacNeil. “The variety is what keeps people interested and involved, and we love how involved the audience reacts while we’re on stage. People clapping along, stomping feet and singing, that is what it is truly all about and especially if folks are coming in out of the cold during the holidays.”

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December 8, 2018

Christmas spirit in Peterborough on Dec. 12

The Barra MacNeils have been known to ignite the Christmas spirit. At least that’s what they’ve been told, anyway.

Kyle MacNeil said he’s often told audience members say they weren’t in the holiday spirit until they saw An East Coast Christmas.

The Barra MacNeils will be in Peterborough Wednesday to help fans get into the holiday groove.

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