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THE MEN OF THE DEEPS


“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the guys sang 'Working Man.'”


– Parry Sound Beacon


Celebrating 50 years as North America’s only coal miner’s chorus, The Men of the Deeps has moved audiences with their songs all over the world. Now, to mark their gold anniversary, the group has scheduled a year full of big plans to mark the important milestone and Niagara is lucky to be a part of their plans.


The Men of the Deeps has become widely known for their rousing and authentic performance. Organized in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s Centennial Year, 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 golden anniversary tour is, in many ways, a tribute to the men who have been there since the beginning – their vocal cords still going strong to this day.


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.


Over the decades, the miners have seen the world through the light of their headlamps. In 1976 they became the first Canadian performing group to tour the People’s Republic of China after diplomatic relations between the two nations were restored in 1972. And as recently as September 1999 the men performed in Kosovo in the former Republic of Yugoslavia at the request of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, as part of the United Nations Children’s Fund gala.


They’ve appeared in numerous television programs including documentaries by CTV and the National Film Board of Canada and numerous specials hosted by the likes of Rita MacNeil and Anne Murray.


In 2000, The Men of the Deeps received a unique honour when the University College of Cape Breton bestowed an honorary doctoral degree on the entire group in recognition of the group’s contribution to Cape Breton culture over the past thirty-four years.


Today the Men of the Deeps are more than a singing group - it


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is a social institution. There is a camaraderie 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.


Anyone who attends a concert by the Men of the Deeps cannot help but come away with the feeling that a special breed of men has touched them.


The Men of the Deeps Partridge Hall MEMBERS: $44 REGULAR: $52 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: $25 HIGH SCHOOL: $5


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