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Occurs on Sunday November 17 2024

Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes


125 Front St
Nanaimo BC V9R 6Z4

Event Notes


Back by popular demand after selling out Toronto’s Massey Hall in 2023, Canada's first family of Celtic music, The Barra MacNeils, launch their 2024 coast-to-coast tour of their beloved festive experience here on Vancouver Island.

Steeped in Atlantic tradition with strong Celtic roots and musical artistry, this diversely talented group of four brothers and a sister from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is widely regarded as one of the greatest live acts in the Celtic world. Their captivating vocals, harmonies and extraordinary musicianship are famously featured in their Christmas TV specials which continue to be broadcast on CMT and PBS TV stations. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal. They are 5-time East Coast Music Award winners, and among the many icons they have performed with, they have been the opening act for Celine Dion.

A universal favourite, Barra MacNeils’ East Coast Christmas is a treat for all ages and walks of life. The five siblings are known for their brilliant instrumentals, ringing harmonies and delightful flair for storytelling. Their unique seasonal show is crafted each year to bring a special Celtic spin on traditional favourites and original east coast treasures with songs, stories and dance. Their stunning rendition of "O Holy Night" is just one of the many highlights that brings audiences to their feet. Fans look forward to musical gems like "Ave Maria", "Christmas in Killarney", and "Auld Lang Syne" among an array of seasonal delights and originals.

Nothing says Christmas like this heartwarming family concert! An uplifting collection of soulful seasonal favourites- and so much more - this show is sure to be a hit with your family, friends or co-workers. Whether this is your first, or your umpteenth Barra MacNeils live concert experience, it is sure to leave you joyous memories that will last beyond the season.

Appearing with the Barra MacNeils will be CeltFest Vancouver Island favourites: among them, master piper René Cusson, plus a dynamic Highland/traditional dance troupe.

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