The Men of the Deeps

Cape Breton

The Men of the Deeps is a choir of working and retired coal miners from Cape Breton Island. For more than 50 years, the singing miners have donned their signature overalls and helmets to sing about the work and life of Cape Breton’s miners. Their work preserving this rich folklore of the island’s coal mining communities has taken them far and wide, and they have found kinship wherever in the world hard-working men make a living underground. The Men of the Deeps have released ten albums, been the subject of two National Film Board of Canada films and one book, toured around the world, and frequently been featured on TV and radio. They released their tenth full-length album, After the Pit, in 2022, and earlier this year were among the inaugural inductees into the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame. The Men of the Deeps is more than a singing group—it is a social institution. There is a camaraderie amongst the members of the group that carries over to their audiences wherever they perform.

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