The Barra MacNeils

Cape Breton

As a group, the MacNeil siblings from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, are widely-regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Recently voted Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year at the 2019 East Coast Music Awards, the family group is deeply-rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically-acclaimed recordings, including 2018’s On the Bright Side, have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal. For more than 30 years now, the Barra MacNeil’s concert experience has brought much more to the stage than most live acts ever could. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top-drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments, all blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture—it is family entertainment at its highest level. Steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots and musical artistry, this diverse and talented family group continues to wow audiences around the world with their captivating vocals, harmonies and extraordinary musicianship.

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