The Cape Breton-based Barra MacNeils

The Cape Breton-based Barra MacNeils

Barra MacNeils bear gifts from the east

Renowned "Celtic ambassadors" to play Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Nov. 15 on national Christmas tour

The Cape Breton band known as “Canada’s Celtic ambassadors” will bring the sounds of an east coast Christmas to the west coast when the Barra MacNeils play the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For nearly three decades, the family group of siblings Kyle, Lucy, Sheumas, Stewart, Boyd and Jamie MacNeil have been thrilling audiences internationally with their sparkling repertoire, vocal harmonies, instrumental prowess and vibrant showmanship.

The group’s Qualicum Beach stop comes in the opening days of its annual five-week, National Christmas Tour 2015, which wraps up Dec. 20.

The Barra MacNeils have released 17 critically acclaimed recordings since their self-titled debut album in 1986, including three albums of Christmas music. But they earn some of their strongest reviews from their live performances, which showcase both original songs and classic standards along with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture.

Tickets are $40 for general admission seating, and are available at Mulberry Bush Book Stores at 130 W. 2nd Ave. in Qualicum Beach and 102-280 E. Island Hwy. in Parksville.

— NEWS staff