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The Barra MacNeils to per­form in Syd­ney Mines on Mon­day

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

The Barra MacNeils per­form in Syd­ney Mines on Mon­day.

The Barra MacNeils have per­formed in many dif­fer­ent venues across the coun­try, but none are more special than the one in their home­town.

The band will re­turn to Syd­ney Mines for a con­cert at St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church at 7 p.m. on Mon­day. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Ste­wart MacNeil said the group is look­ing for­ward to the special per­for­mance.

“This is a home­com­ing show for us and they are usu­ally very special shows,” said MacNeil. “We don’t do a lot of shows in Syd­ney Mines, although at one time we use to play here a lot. We end up get­ting peo­ple com­ing who are home for va­ca­tion and tourists and of course the lo­cals as well.

“The venue it­self (St. An­drew’s), is ar­chi­tec­turally beau­ti­ful, it sounds great and the sight­lines are great, so it’s a re­ally nice place to see the Barra MacNeils per­form,” he said.

Last year, the Barra MacNeils per­formed a special show in Syd­ney Mines, which cel­e­brated the band’s 30th an­niver­sary.

“We de­cided to do it again (per­form) be­cause last year’s re­sponse was great,” said MacNeil. “We like to try to oc­ca­sion­ally do th­ese special shows in Syd­ney Mines.”

Over their ca­reer, the Barra MacNeils have won many dif­fer­ent East Coast Mu­sic Awards in­clud­ing roots and tra­di­tional group of the year twice as well as an al­bum of the year, pop record­ing of the year and group of the year.

MacNeil said the con­cert will fea­ture tra­di­tional songs as well as songs from the band’s new al­bum, which was re­cently recorded at Sound­park Stu­dio in Cox­heath.

“We have been to­gether for 30 years, so we have lots of ma­te­rial to choose from,” he said. “There are cer­tain songs, es­pe­cially play­ing in Cape Bre­ton, that we would make sure (to per­form) … but also peo­ple come and they like to hear some­thing new and there cer­tainly is a good bit

of that too.”

Tick­ets for the show are $30 and are avail­able at Shop­pers Drug Mart in North Syd­ney and Sex­ton’s Phar­masave in Syd­ney Mines as well as on­line at www. bar­ra­mac­neils.com.

“We guar­an­tee that it will be a great party,” said MacNeil. “There will be step-danc­ing and there will be some Gaelic mu­sic as well — the band is play­ing bet­ter than it ever has and we do en­joy the shows.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Barra MacNeils will per­form in their home­town of Syd­ney Mines on Mon­day at 7 p.m. at St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church. From left, Ste­wart, Boyd, Lucy, Kyle and Sheumas MacNeil.

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