The Barra MacNeils at Academy Theatre

By Lindsay Advocate

The Barra MacNeils are touring this spring in support of their latest release On The Bright Side, and will be at The Academy Theatre on May 25 at 7:30 pm.

It’s billed as an upbeat album, with fiddle tunes “that you know will erupt into a flurry of step-dancing on stage.”

There are distinctive family harmonies; an array of rhythmic instruments weaving through and around various themes—some decidedly classical but then, suddenly, very traditional Cape Breton; the lads singing a cappella; a thoughtful solo gradually merging into a frenzied all-hands-on-deck medley.

As always, the five MacNeil siblings—Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas—combine on a vast array of instruments including accordion, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistles, bouzouki, flute, underpinned by Jamie Gatti on bass.

Pre-sale beginning March 6 at noon and ending on March 9 at 10 am. Public sale starts March 9 at 10 am.

Click  and enter the code “celtic” to get your tickets. Tickets are available online at, in person at the box office or by calling the box office at 705-324-9111.

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