Men of the Deeps hold­ing au­di­tions for new mem­bers

Dead­line to file ap­pli­ca­tion is Fri­day

Cape Breton Post - - FOOD FOCUS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

choir who can read mu­sic, the rest of us can’t. It is just prac­tic­ing over and over again. We have two lovely direc­tors who can teach a bunch of men who can’t read mu­sic, to sing. It’s pretty great.

“ The ca­ma­raderie is also great — we are a big fam­ily.”

The Men of the Deeps formed in 1967 as part of Canada’s cen­ten­nial year.

“ We have been car­ry­ing the torch for the orig­i­nal mem­bers since. All of th­ese years later we are still telling our story about Cape Bre­ton to all parts of the coun­try. It has been won­der­ful.”

The Men of the Deeps is still classified as an am­a­teur choir, ev­ery­thing is vol­un­teer.

“ There are lots of min­ers choirs in other coun­tries such as Europe and Scot­land but we are the only coal miner choir in North Amer­ica that we know of for sure.”

The Men of the Deeps will be tour­ing Bri­tish Columbia for two weeks in May, fol­lowed by a small Mar­itime tour of New Brunswick and Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Applications to join the male choir are be­ing taken un­til Fri­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mickey Mac­In­tyre 862-7147; Jim MacLel­lan 849-6146; Gordie Sher­iff 567-1122; and Sen­ley White 562-7969. SYD­NEY — It’s been four years since The Cot­tars last al­bum and much has changed for the group that rose to fame in Celtic mu­sic cir­cles al­most a decade ago.

For one, there’s two new faces in the Cape Bre­ton group. Bruce Tim­mons and Clair Pet­tit joined orig­i­nal mem­bers Ciarán MacGil­livray and his sis­ter Fiona MacGil­livray more than three years ago af­ter they parted ways with fel­low found­ing mem­bers, sib­lings, Rosie and Jimmy MacKen­zie in 2006.

“ It’s been as smooth sail­ing as we could have ever hoped it could have been,” said Ciarán. “ We knew Clair for a cou­ple years be­fore the tran­si­tion and she’s a won­der­ful per­son to be around and a very tal­ented mu­si­cian as well, and my par­ents ac­tu­ally had been friends with Bruce be­fore I was born so it was quite con­ve­nient and it all fell to­gether very, very smoothly.”

The quar­tet are now ready to show­case their sound in the form of an al­bum, Feast, set to be re­leased to­day in stores and on­line, on Rounder Records.

“ We feel like we’ve kind of broad­ened our hori­zons a lit­tle bit in that we’ve taken the folk mu­sic and we’ve oc­ca­sion­ally twisted it a lit­tle bit and al­lowed cer­tain other things to get in,” said Ciarán. “For ex­am­ple, one of the tracks, that’s called Fare Thee Well, Northum­ber­land, is very much a folk-blue­grass kind of thing with a lit­tle bit of free­dom

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