Known for his intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and warm on stage humour, soulful, New Brunswick based roots artist Mike Biggar is a definitive natural live performer. Add to this an unmistakably gutsy, bluesy delivery, reflective of his own childhood roots in gospel music that still seep through the seams of his mainstream career. Then underline it all with infectious melodies and compelling, soul-baring lyrics, and it becomes clear why Biggar is described as a unique breed of singer-songwriter. He unfurls his music with a compelling conviction that is distinct, effective, and even a bit spiritual. In an often contrived genre, he dispels pretense with a disarming warmth that disappears the distance between stage and listener, drawing you in to be a part of the stories he tells. High energy vocals steam down the line like a soulful roots-inspired freight train, even as his performance punctuates his acclaimed songs with raw honesty. And the deep imprint he leaves on listeners confirms why his music is marked by both acclaim and 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.
GO ALL IN is a roots music evolution, as Biggar connects more deeply than ever with his own musical history, paying particular attention to his gospel music roots and the cultural influences of life on Canada’s East Coast. The result: a delightfully eclectic offering comprising a compelling representation of Biggar’s musical lineage. 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, Larlee Creek Hullabaloo, Harvest Festival and has shared the stage with artists such as Steve Earle, Gordie Sampson, Matt Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, Dave Gunning, Ron Hynes, Rose Cousins, Del Barber, Joey Landreth, Jay Semko and more.