The Barra MacNeils and Symphony Nova Scotia - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday April 7, 2012
On this week's edition of the program a concert from The Barra MacNeils and Symphony Nova Scotia
The founding members of the Barra MacNeils are siblings Sheumas, Kyle, Stewart, and Lucy MacNeil and in 2005 two additional brothers, Ryan and Boyd, joined the band.
The core group began performing together in 1980 while still teenagers. In 1986, they released their first album on their own independent label, winning their first East Coast Music Award in 1991. They've won four more since, including an Album of the Year award for TimeFrame in 1992, and a Group of the Year award in 2001. Along their journey they signed with Polygram for a few years and their 1993 album Closer To Paradise earned them a gold record. Fast forward to the spring of 2011 and we find the Barra MacNeils teamed up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax which could possibly be the best concert they have ever given. A dream come true for the group.
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