A highly entertaining musical potpourri that blends traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses, and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season. With their captivating vocals, distinctive harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, The Barra MacNeils inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of Christmas. Fans can look forward to classic favourites including “O Holy Night”, “Ave Maria”, “Christmas in Killarney” and “Auld Lang Syne”, where a rousing chorus, may be followed by a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad, then a flurry of foot-stomping instrumentals, accompanied by step-dancing revelry.

Based in Cape Breton, The Barra MacNeils have been thrilling audiences of all ages, both near and far, with their sparkling repertoire, vocals, instrumental prowess and vibrant showmanship for nearly three decades. This family group features Kyle (vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin), Lucy (vocals, bodhran, Celtic harp, fiddle, step-dancing), Sheumas (keyboards, piano, bodhran, fiddle, bouzouki, vocals), Stewart (vocals, accordion, tin whistle, flute, bouzouki, guitar, step-dancing), Boyd (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, percussion, step-dancing) and Jamie Gatti (bass).

So, join the Barra MacNeils this Christmas for their own spin on traditional seasonal fare, along with entertaining stories and new musical twists for a delightful seasonal celebration!

“The Barra MacNeils – An East Coast Christmas” at The Bailey Theatre, Monday November 21 at 7:30 pm. Presented by Trail & District Arts Council and Kootenay Concert Connection, with support from 99.3 The Goat and 103.5 The Bridge.

Trail & District Arts Council