The Men of the Deeps Release “Christmas In The Mine”

Posted: December 4, 2017

Just this past weekend I was in Truro, Nova Scotia to interview Cape Breton's own award winning and wonderful Bette MacDonald for my radio show and podcast SEA AND BE SCENE...And HEARD.

Bette's on tour with her smash holiday show 'TIS THE SEASON so naturally our chat turned to talk of all things Christmas.

It was during that interview that Bette, her co-star Maynard Morrison and touring mate Jordan Musycsyn all raved about the brand new album from the Men of the Deeps - "Christmas in the Mine".

And boy oh boy were they right! Nine tracks - from holiday classics to new songs for the season - sung only as the Men of the Deeps can deliver.

Recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios in Point Aconi on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia - "Christmas in the Mine" is a must have this holiday season!

For more information and to get your copy click here


About the Group

The Men of the Deeps, North America's only Coal Miners choir, has been entertaining audiences since 1966.

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.

The Men of the Deeps are no strangers to the media. The group has appeared in two films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It has been heard frequently on CBC radio in Canada and the list of television performances includes CBC’s popular Front Page Challenge, and CTV’s Canada AM. In 1982 the men were a special guests on the Anne Murray Christmas Special seen throughout North America on the CBS and CTV television networks. In 1986 the CTV network did a special documentary honouring the 20th anniversary of the Men of the Deeps. It was shown throughout Canada on the program Canada in View. In 1988 the men performed with Rita Mac Neil on Canada’s Juno Awards seen coast to coast, and in 1993 they were special guests on Rita’s Christmas Television Special and Anne Murray’s 1993 television production “Anne Murray in Nova Scotia.” In October 1995 the Men of the Deeps were special guests of Rita Mac Neil when they were featured on the popular CBC Television show “Rita and Friends;” and in March 1998 the group appeared again with Rita’s on her CTV network special: A Celtic Celebration. Most recently, the group has recorded a choral backup on a new CD by Roger Whittaker, which was released in September 1999.

 The musical repertoire of the Men of the Deeps is gathered from mining communities around the world. Many of the group’s songs are “home grown” – composed by contemporary Cape Breton bards, or traditional songs which trace their roots to their Celtic fore bearers in the old country. Professor O’Donnell has become an expert on coal mining songs in Canada, and published a major collection entitled And Now The Fields Are Green: A Collection of Coal Mining Songs in Canada (Sydney, Nova Scotia; University College of Cape Breton Press: 1992).

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 comradery 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.

For all things Men of the Deeps visit their website and follow them on Facebook @menofthedeeps

We're giving away a copy of "Christmas in the Mine" by the Men of the Deeps in our 2017 Countdown to Christmas Contest.

Click on the picture below to get in on the winning!

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