Calais Celtic Concerts, to Open its Second Season!

Cape Breton Traditional Scottish ensemble 

“ The Barra MacNeils”!

Calais Celtic Concerts in collaboration with New England Celtic Arts, will present the world famous Barra MacNeils, at the Calais High School, on Sunday February 17th. Curtain is at 2:00 PM EST, 3:00 PM, Atlantic time. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Boston Shoe Store, downtown Calais.

Celtic Concerts will launch its second season with the iconic Canadian Celtic band, The Barra MacNeils. “We like a strong start to the year and the Barras are just the ticket. Last year we opened with the Irish Descendants at the high school to a huge audience and this year will be even bigger,” said Tom MacDonald, program director. “We held 17 concerts last year and had a great response, as we held various shows at the Calais High School, Knights of Columbus Hall and the local Catholic Church. Last year was basically a learning experience and was very fun. This year we hope to grow the series even bigger and encourage as many as possible to visit our Facebook page and hit the like button, to help us spread the word.”

2013 will mark 26 years for the Sydney Mines Cape Breton Island based group, the Barra MacNeils, in an outstanding recording and touring career. Last year was accented with two new recording projects: a Live in Concert symphony project, recorded in Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium over two nights with Symphony Nova Scotia and a special Celtic Colours recording project, featuring a wide variety of musical guests, from the folk, Americana and Celtic music worlds. Their other recent releases have covered the span of their entire career, as well as live concerts reflecting the musical course of their career, from humble beginnings to world wide acclaim. The concert touring in support of these projects has taken the group to theatre and festival stages coast to coast across Canada, had them jetting across America from festival stage to theatre stages and beyond, as well as sending them to Ireland and Scotland for prestigious events across the Atlantic.

As a group, the six MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concerts acts in the Celtic World. Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal.

The Barra MacNeils live concert experience brings so much more to the stage than most live acts ever can. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments 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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