The Barra MacNeils bring East Coast Christmas back to Calgary
Cross-Canada holiday concert tour makes a stop at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on November 26th 2018
The Barra MacNeils, one of Canada’s favourite bands, will bring a taste of Christmas on the East Coast to the heart of Alberta just in time for the holidays.
Known as Canada’s First Family of Celtic Music, the five MacNeil siblings will perform “An East Coast Christmas”, continuing a national holiday tradition that has entertained millions of concert-goers over the past 15 years.
“We’re really looking forward to helping people get in the spirit of the holidays with some beautiful music and a great night out,” says band member Stewart MacNeil. “There’s nothing like music and dance to bring us all together to celebrate the season.”
Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the Barra MacNeils are deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Over the course of 30 years performing together, the family band has earned a reputation as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world.
Families around the world love the passion and artistry they bring to the stage, featuring multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies and prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments. Their live shows blend dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and an unforgettable journey through an ancient culture.
2018 is the 16th year in a row that the Barra MacNeils will perform their East Coast Christmas show for audiences across Canada. The show includes a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and seasonal celebrations.
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.
Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep.
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats
Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.