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Kyle and Sheumas MacNeil from the Barra MacNeils at Louisbourg Playhouse

11 Aberdeen Street


The MacNeil children were encouraged at an early age to play music and to this day associate it with good times and being surrounded by relatives and friends. Kyle started playing guitar at age seven and soon after switched to violin, on which he was classically trained at Mount Allison University.
Their engaging performances are always something special for the audience and performers alike. Kyle currently teaches a Cape Breton fiddle course at Cape Breton University, and also offers private lessons in both the Cape Breton and the classical violin styles. When not on the road, Kyle regularly hits the ice for a game of hockey or perfects his swing on the golf course.

Sheamus’ earliest memories of music are of holiday, weekends or any family gathering at his grandmother’s home in Washabuck, N.S. where aunts, uncles, sister, brothers and cousins would fill the rooms with music, dance and laughter. Sheumas was 8 years old when he first began to play, and now cites performing on stage at local concerts with his son, daughter and brother Kyle as one of his career highlights. This familial connection and the authenticity of the music that resonates in every one of their performances creates unity and connection between the performers and the listeners which Sheumas continues to be inspired by.

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Region: Louisbourg Area

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