Coal mining singers to perform in Guysborough

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GUYSBOROUGH – Men of the Deeps, a choir of working and retired coal miners from Cape Breton, will be performing at the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre later this month. 

The group began in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s Centennial Year and as an effort by the people of Cape Breton to preserve the island’s coal mining folklore in song.

Men of the Deeps have been singing of the work and lifestyle of the Cape Breton coal miner to audiences throughout Canada and the United States.

In 1976, they became the first Canadian performing group to tour the Peoples’ Republic of China after diplomatic relations were restored between the two nations in 1972.

John C. O’Donnell, musical director of the group and professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University, has been travelling almost weekly to Glace Bay for most of its 43-year history to rehearse with the singing miners.

A release describes them as a social institution with a strong camaraderie among members, carrying over to their audience wherever they perform.

Admission for the May 25 afternoon concert is $20.

Call 533-2015 for tickets.

Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Canada, Guysborough United States Republic of China Glace Bay

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