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Ashley MacIsaac and the Barra MacNeils coming to the Capitol Theatre in May

Ashley MacIsaacChristmas gift-giving just got easier as the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre announces details of the 2014 Celtic Festival.

Renowned fiddler Ashley MacIsaac will take the stage on Saturday, May 3, 2021 at 8 p.m. The next day, one of the greatest Canadian Celtic acts, The Barra MacNeils will perform at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale today.

“Crossover” is Ashley MacIsaac’s newest record and is his first full band recording since 2002. No frills, just great music by a proud Canadian who shreds on a fiddle like no one else can.

Much has been said about the antics of the enfant terrible of the fiddle, but only because he has had international success and notoriety from an early age and grew up under the spotlight as one of the most dynamic fiddlers from Nova Scotia. MacIsaac constantly pushed the traditional styles of Celtic music as he grew up and incorporated rock, pop, and everything imaginable in between.

A renowned fiddle player, piano player and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac has performed in the opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to a worldwide audience and with artists such as Phillip Glass and The Chieftains. Ashley also played with The White Stripes for their “Under Great White Northern Lights” Canadian tour which was turned in to a documentary.

Barra MacNeils2013 marks 26 years for the Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island based family group, the Barra MacNeils, in an outstanding recording and touring career.

2012 was accented with two new recording projects: a Live In Concert symphony project recorded in Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium over two nights with Symphony Nova Scotia and a special Celtic Colours recording project featuring a wide variety of musical guests from the folk, Americana and Celtic music worlds. Their other recent releases have covered the span of their entire career, as well as live concerts reflecting the musical course of their career, from humble family beginnings to world wide acclaim. The concert touring in support of these projects has taken the group to theatre and festival stages coast to coast across Canada, had them jetting across America from festival stage to theatre stages and beyond, as well as sending them to Ireland and Scotland for prestigious events across the Atlantic.

As a group, the six MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal.

Tickets are on sale Thursday, December 5 at 10 a.m. by contacting the box office at 519-354-8338 or toll-free 1-866-807-7770, by visiting in person at 75 William St. N., Chatham or buying online at

Tickets range from $25-$40 per person, per show (plus the CKtickets handling fee) or you can buy both as a package for a 20% discount.