Old Church Theatre
940 Bonisteel Rd, Trenton, ON K8V 5P8, Canada
By any measure, New Brunswick contemporary roots and blues artist Mike Biggar is a natural live performer. With a musical history that stretches back to a gospel music childhood, Biggar is the picture of a lifetime spent in performance. Onstage his style is equal parts gutsy and joyful, reflecting the deep, soulful stamp left by those early musical days. Rollicking, high energy vocals steam down the line like a soulful, roots-inspired freight train, perfectly paired with the infectious melodies of his acclaimed songwriting and his warm, disarming banter. In his near ten year career, Biggar has been honoured with numerous East Coast Music Association and Music New Brunswick awards. Following the 2017 release of his third album GO ALL IN (Busted Flat Records) and a banner year of touring and publicity, Biggar’s latest offering received the 2017 Music New Brunswick Award for ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ and the 2018 East Coast Music Award for ‘Blues Recording of the Year’ in May 2018. These are added to his twice previous Music NB Award wins (2014, 2011), an East Coast Music Award (2012) and numerous other nominations and acclaim. GO ALL IN has received glowing reviews and radio play across Canada, Europe and Australia, with features in publications such as the UK’s Blues Matters and FATEA magazines.
Now with his new album, ‘MIKE BIGGAR & BAND – LIVE AT THE BMO THEATRE’, listeners are offered the most intimate and memorable Mike Biggar musical portrait to date. His fourth full-length album on Busted Flat Records captures a special concert from November 2018 featuring his full band, performed before a sold out audience in his hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick. With a heartfelt selection of new and catalogue songs, ‘Live at the BMO’ offers numerous special musical moments, from a nod to his gospel lineage with a roiling interpretation of the traditional ‘Ain’t No Grave’, to the new Delta stomp of Biggar’s own ‘All the Same’ and a powerhouse version of the Bonnie Raitt hit ‘Love Sneakin’ Up On You’. The band is hot, Biggar’s signature soaring live vocals are powerfully showcased, and he joins the songs together with his well known disarming humour in stories and audience interactions.
‘Live albums have always had a deep impact on me, both as a fan and an artist. They have a special energy and give unique insight to the life and creative process of an artist or band. It’s a musical picture in time, and I have always dreamed that capturing my live show would prove to be a similarly pure representation of my music, and my love of performing live. I hope this new album can resonate with listeners in some similar fashion.’ – Mike B
Biggar has been a featured performer on major Canadian East Coast festival stages such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Kempt Shore Acoustic Festival. He has shared the stage with artists such as Steve Earle, Matt Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, Dave Gunning, Ron Hynes, Rose Cousins, Del Barber, Joey Landreth, Jay Semko and more. New markets across Canada and beyond continue to open regularly and 2019-2020 will see Biggar sharing his compelling live performance brand more broadly than ever, with bookings ongoing across Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more.