This upcoming holiday season, North America’s only coal miners chorus are preparing to take audiences on a journey like no other, touring their first ever solo Christmas album, Christmas in the Mine.
The Christmas in the Mine CD includes not only your favourite holiday tunes, but also serves up a thoughtful recollection by the group’s signature storyteller “Big Jim” MacLellan. Men of the Deeps live performances are always sprinkled with a spoken moment or two from one of the members, to the delight of any audience, retelling not borrowed tall tales, but true stories the miners have lived.
Of course, no Men of the Deeps Christmas collection would be complete without the inclusion of the choir’s favourite stage sister, the late, great, Rita McNeil. Rita’s music and her memory are very important to every member of the choir. The men cherish their long history of friendship and collaboration with her, and so they’ve included two Rita songs on their holiday offering, with one such number featuring the beautiful voice of Rankin Family songstress, Heather Rankin. The collection also includes an original offering from award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Andersen.
For the tour performances, the singing miners intend to bring their CD to life on stage; to take audiences underground, to share the true experience of celebrating Christmas in a real coal mine, jolly miner style. Join the world-famous Men of the Deeps this holiday season for a performance you won’t soon forget.
For fifty-one years, Cape Breton’s own Men of the Deeps choir have been travelling the world as Canadian Ambassadors, singing and story-telling their way into audiences’ hearts.
Clad in authentic mining coveralls and hard hats, they make an impressive impact when they enter a concert hall in total darkness with only the lamps on their helmets for light.
Men of the Deeps perform Dec. 8 at Flato Markham Theatre.