The Barra MacNeils in North Vancouver: Win Tickets

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The Barra MacNeils — Canada’s “first family of Celtic music” — herald the arrival of the 2018 holiday season by bringing their East Coast Christmas Tour to North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre for an evening of world-renowned sibling harmonies and the signature beauty of Gaelic song. This concert marks the first time the group have performed in North Vancouver in their almost 40-year history!

The Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas Tour

When: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
Where: Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver)
Tickets: Tickets are $48 ($43 for children ages 4 – 12, and for groups of 10 or more) including box office fees and taxes, and are available online or by calling (604) 984-4484.

The Barra MacNeils in North Vancouver

The MacNeils — Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas — began performing together as children in 1980, in their native Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. (The name “Barra” comes from an island in Scotland that is the family’s ancestral home.) Since then, the group have released more than a dozen acclaimed albums (including 1993’s gold-selling Closer to Paradise), won countless awards, and toured North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Their repertoire combines original material and beloved traditional songs, spanning Celtic and North American folk, country and pop. The family’s instrumental brilliance, honed throughout the decades, sees them playing the diverse likes of mandolin, tin whistle, fiddle, bouzouki, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and various percussion instruments.

For their East Coast Christmas tour, the Barra MacNeils present a musical potpourri of traditional family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and down-home festive frolic, steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots. The result is a Christmas concert unlike any other of the season: one moment a rousing chorus; then a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad; the next, a flurry of foot-stomping tunes that turns into step-dancing revelry.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to this fun and festive show. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Follow the Barra MacNeils on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more info about the tour.

Update The winner is Nancy!

16 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. EllenWednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 4:44pm PST

    I saw them years ago and would love to go again!

  2. Jason BWednesday, November 14th, 2018 — 5:29pm PST


  3. SharonThursday, November 15th, 2018 — 7:15am PST

    Would be a great way to start the “Nollaig shona” season!

  4. NancyThursday, November 15th, 2018 — 12:36pm PST

    They sound awesome! I would love to win tickets!

  5. BevThursday, November 15th, 2018 — 1:12pm PST

    Would be lovely to hear The Barra MacNeil’s on Nov.22! I love Celtic music and would be a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday!! Thanks Miss604 for this awesome contest!

  6. Kim CThursday, November 15th, 2018 — 9:47pm PST

    Fun way to start the holiday season!

  7. Sheryl SmithFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 2:29am PST

    I love the Barra-McNeils and it would be magnificent to see this concert. I know it’ll be amazing! Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets.

  8. Terry BodalyFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 5:14am PST

    I just got back from Scotland 3 weeks ago and miss the music! This would be a great way to start the Christmas season as I’m all tapped out of funds at the moment. Lol.

  9. SteveFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 6:38am PST

    Would love to take my sister to this!

  10. Christina KosiancicFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 9:01am PST

    I’d love to take my Mom to this event, we both are fans of Celtic Music, what a nice way to celebrate Christmas!

  11. MelissaFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 9:02am PST

    ah, a little piece of back home.

  12. Pat CummingFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 10:18am PST

    November 22 is my birthday – what a great way this would be to celebrate!

  13. Shelley ButcherFriday, November 16th, 2018 — 5:44pm PST

    I love the Barra MacNeils! Would love to take my bestie!

  14. NancyMonday, November 19th, 2018 — 12:06pm PST

    Yay! Thank you!!!

  15. saraMonday, November 19th, 2018 — 6:56pm PST

    would love this

  16. Season LauWednesday, November 21st, 2018 — 10:46pm PST

    love Celtic music

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