A SOULFUL BLuesy Roots MUSIC JOURNEY
By any measure, New Brunswick contemporary Roots and Blues artist Mike Biggar is a natural live performer - known for his roiling live performance style - his soulful, soaring vocals & his disarming onstage humour. 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 and nominations, including most recently the 2018 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year for his 3rd album 'Go All In' released in 2017 on Busted Flat Records.
With his latest album, ‘MIKE BIGGAR & BAND – LIVE AT THE BMO THEATRE’ (released May 2019), 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 surging 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 self-aware armchair humour in stories and audience interactions.
Biggar's music enjoys regular airplay on CBC, Stingray Blues and more, and reviews across Canada, Europe and Australia, with special features in key publications such as the UK’s Blues Matters and FATEA magazines.
Biggar has been a featured performer on major East Coast festival stages such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Kempt Shore Acoustic Festival and Larlee Creek Hullabaloo. 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.
- Winner, 2018 East Coast Music Award - 'Blues Recording of the Year'
- Winner, 2017 Music NB Award - 'Blues Artist of the Year'
- Nominated, 2017 Music NB Award - 'SOCAN Song of the Year'
- Album 'GO ALL IN' released (03/10/17 - Busted Flat Records)
- Nominated, 2015 East Coast Music Award - 'Country Album of the Year'
- Winner, 2014 Music NB Award - 'Country Album of the Year"
- Nominated, 2014 Music NB Award - 'Video of the Year'
- Nominated, 2014 Music NB Award - 'SOCAN Song of the Year'
<li>Winner, 2012 East Coast Music Award - 'Gospel Recording of the Year'</li><li>Winner, 2011 Music NB Award - 'Inspirational Album of the Year'</li><li>Nominated, 2011 Music NB Award - 'SOCAN Songwriter of the Year'</li></ul>
'LIVE AT THE BMO' reviews:
• BLUES & ROOTS RADIO (Toronto ON):
“He'll have you in tears with lines of love and regret, he'll rip your head off with his powerhouse vocals, delivered with heartfelt emotion; Biggar performs with such sincerity that you could almost say he was singing just to you, and that is the mark of a great songwriter. He deserves national recognition as one of the country’s top live performers, whether in an intimate environment or a theatre stage.” Read full review
• THE EAST MAG (New Brunswick):
“Mike Biggar’s latest album feels like a highlight of his artistic character...Biggar gives us snippets of his personality while flaunting his prowess at performing live.his voice has a wild quality to it that helps to pack each song with attitude or emotion – sometimes both...Biggar’s talent is proven in his ability to make you forget the album is recorded live. Regardless of the mood of the song, there’s no denying that Biggar packs a punch. It just depends on whether that’s a punch to the gut or the heart. Either way, it’s enough to knock you off your feet." Read full review