The Men of the Deeps, North America’s only coal miners’ choir, undertakes its first ever solo Christmas tour as part of its fiftieth anniversary celebrations. In addition to its traditional repertoire of coal mining songs and stories, and songs from their beloved Cape Breton, the group will be offering some special festive surprises.
Gather your friends and family and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with a captivating Christmas concert by the Men of the Deeps! For the past 50 years, Cape Breton’s own Men of the Deeps (MOD) choir have been travelling the world as Canadian Ambassadors, singing and storytelling their way into audiences’ hearts. The MOD have spent 50 years delivering moving and emotional performances; 50 years giving us a sense of what life was like as a miner in our mining communities; 50 years of preserving and presenting to the world in song, some of our rich Cape Breton folklore and culture.
The Men of the Deeps, Cape Breton’s beloved choral ensemble, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with its very first solo Christmas tour. North America’s only coal miners’ choir will provide its usual audience-winning combination of songs and stories from the mines, specially written songs by Nova Scotia songwriters, as well as joyous selections for the festive season.
The Men of the Deeps is a choir of working and retired coal miners from Cape Breton Island. Organized in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s Centennial Year (1967), the group’s inception was an effort by the people of Cape Breton to preserve in song some of the rich folklore of Cape Breton’s coal mining communities. To belong to the singing group a man must have worked in the mine. The ages of the men range from the mid-thirties to the upper-seventies, about one-quarter of which have been with the group since it was organized in 1966. A special sense of authenticity is given to the group by the presence of several retired coal miners who recall vividly the days when coal miners were looked upon as “second class” citizens, forced to eke out a living mining coal in hazardous conditions while their lives were almost entirely dependent upon the company. Today the Men of the Deeps are more than a singing group -it is a social institution. There is a comaraderie amongst the members of the group that carries over to their audiences wherever they perform. Clad in 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. menofthedeeps.com Presented by Meaford Hall
Men of the Deeps, North America’s only coal miners’ choir celebrates its 50th anniversary with its first ever solo Christmas tour. The Men of the Deeps is a choir of working and retired coal miners from the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. Organized in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s Centennial Year (1967), the group’s inception was an effort by the people of Cape Breton to preserve in song some of the rich folklore of that island’s coal mining communities.
In addition to its time-honoured performances of mining songs and stories, and reminiscences from its beloved Cape Breton Island, the choir will provide lots of special Yuletide surprises.