Barra MacNeils

Barra MacNeils

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Biography

The Barra MacNeils are one of Canada's premier Celtic groups from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. Steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots and musical artistry, this diverse and talented family group continues to wow audiences around the world with their captivating vocals, harmonies and extraordinary musicianship. Their much-anticipated new CD All At Once features the addition of siblings, Boyd and Ryan MacNeil, delivering an exhilarating and rejuvenated sound.

Multi-award winners, the Barra MacNeils have released eight recordings including, Racket In the Attic (2002), Christmas Album (1999), Until Now (1997), The Question (1995), The Traditional Album (1994), Closer to Paradise (1993 - Certified Gold in Canada), Timeframe (1990), Rock in the Stream (1989), The Barra MacNeils (1986). In 2001, they released a DVD titled Cape Breton Christmas incorporating music from their live Christmas Concert Special (as seen on television), plus a visit to Cape Breton, interviews with the Barra MacNeils home at Christmas and music videos.

Canada's Celtic ambassadors, the Barra MacNeils continue to perform to sold out audiences throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. From headlining major festivals, concerts, special guest appearances (Rita MacNeils CTV Christmas Special, performing with The Chieftains) television specials, film and television placement (Men with Brooms Soundtrack; Racket In The Attic) and their annual Christmas tour, they have set the course with a solid foundation for success. The Barra MacNeils one-hour Christmas Television Special (2000) continues to be broadcast on Country Music Television (CMT) and on the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) network in the United States.

The Barra MacNeils will continue to do what they love to do best, and that is playing their music for the fans. This incredibly talented family group will tour Canada, the US and Europe to spread their distinctive brand of Celtic flavour around the world.

Lyrics

Dance With Me Daily

Written By: Stewart MacNeil

Dance With Me Daily

Dance with me daily
Come take my hand
Stay with me always
Cause you’re the one that I adore

For our days are filled with wonder
Nothing’s sure to stay the same
Let our hearts beat the rhythm
May love show the way

Speak to me daily
Come fill my mind
Keep me inside you
Let me blossom in your soul

For our days are filled with wonder
Nothing’s sure to stay the same
Let our hearts beat the rhythm
May love show the way

For it’s all a part of living
Nothing’s sure to stay the same
Let our hearts beat the rhythm
May love show the way

Written by Stewart MacNeil.© Barra Music Company Ltd. SOCAN

Havn't Got a Care

Written By: Stewart MacNeil,Gordie Sampson,Fred Lavery

Haven’t Got A Care

School’s out for the summer
We were riding on our bikes
Along the shores of Boulardarie
Cool breeze blowing down the line
Life is easy
Sucking on a lime
Everything is perfect
When the party’s moving into overdrive

Counting our blessings
Wasting our time
Spending all of our days
Like nickels and dimes

Which way did you go
We took the long way around
Anywhere that you go Far from the city sounds
It’s not the road that you know
But it’s sure to take us there
Cause anywhere is alright
When you haven’t got a care

Everything changes
In the master plan
We cast our lines
As the tide steals our footprints from the sand
It’s like one big chorus
And it echoes through the bay
Fires in the evening
Burning bright until the break of day

So here’s to good graces
And victory’s won
Good luck, God speed
‘till the next one comes

Which way did you go
We took the long way around
Anywhere the wind blows
Far from the city sounds
It’s not the road that you know
But it’s sure to take us there
Cause anywhere is alright
When you haven’t got a care

School’s out for the summer
We were riding on our bikes
Along the shores of Boulardarie
Cool breeze blowing down the line

written by: Stewart MacNeil,Gordie Sampson,Fred Lavery
publishers: BarraMusicCo,(SOCAN),No Such Music(socan),Passing StrangersMusic(ASCAP),1609Songs(ASCAP),Music of Windswept(ASCAP)/Old Shore Road Publishing(SOCAN)

Discography

2005 All At Once
Barra Music Co. Ltd./ Shoreline, Produced by Declan O'Doherty / Jamie Foulds / The Barra MacNeils
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2000 Racket in the Attic
Barra Music Co. Ltd, Produced by Danny Greenspoon
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2001

Cape Breton Christmas DVD
Barra Music Co. Ltd
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1999 Christmas Album
Barra Music Co. Ltd, Produced by Declan O'Doherty (All Hands Productions)
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1997 Until Now
Barra Music Co. Ltd/ Celtic Aire, Produced by Celtic Aire
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1995 The Question
Polygram Records/ Universal Music, Produced by Nick Griffiths
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1994 The Traditional Album
Polygram Records/ Universal Music Canada, Produced by Barra MacNeils
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1993 Closer to Paradise
Polygram Records/ Universal Music Canada, Produced by Wally Wilson/ Kenny Greenburg
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1990 Timeframe
Barra Music Co. Ltd, Produced by Chad Irschick
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1989 Rock In The Stream
Barra Music Co. Ltd, Produced by Barra MacNeils/ Fred Lavery
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1986 The Barra MacNeils
Barra Music Co. Ltd, Produced by Tony Quinn