Men of the Deeps holding auditions for new members
Deadline to file application is Friday
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