Described as a definitive live performer, multi award-winning singer-songwriter Mike Biggar is known for his intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and disarming on-stage humour. His songs have earned him affection from listeners and accolades from industry. And now with the release of his third full-length album GO ALL IN on Busted Flat Records (03/10/2017), Biggar offers a fresh helping of his song writing prowess that has twice earned him Music New Brunswick Awards (2011, 2014), an East Coast Music Award (2012) and numerous other nominations and acclaim.
GO ALL IN is a roots music evolution for Biggar, achieved by connecting more deeply than ever with his own musical history. Both sonically and in substance he pays particular attention to his childhood roots in gospel music and the cultural influences of his life on the East Coast. The result is a delightfully eclectic offering that comprises a compelling representation of Biggar’s musical lineage. Track to track, GO ALL IN tells a stylistic musical story – from the foot-stompingly fun bluesy acoustic lead-off ‘Blood From A Stone’ down through brass-backed, soul-stirring Memphis nods like ‘Go All In’ and ‘If It Was Easy’. Biggar’s penchant to co-mingle heartbreak and intimacy is well displayed with ballads like ‘Leaving These Days’ and ‘Kinda Sad’. And his noted tradition for top level co-writing continues, pairing with East Coast Blues marvel Charlie A’Court, Newfoundland producer/R&B artist Chris Kirby, and Canadian Country hit-maker Chris Cummings.
Of his production and arrangements Biggar says “It was a total delight to craft such a diverse musical narrative with this album. I was proud to highlight my band’s skills, and the various song stylings led to some wonderful collaborating, such as Scott Neubert’s marvelous Nashville work on traditional strings like mandolin and pedal steel, and the Los Angeles-based Martin Brothers and their power-packed horns. And I am so proud of the fantastic fellow East Coast artists with whom I got to write for GO ALL IN…I can’t wait for friends and fans to hear it!”
A featured performer on major East Coast festival stages including the iconic Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, the Kempt Shore Folk Festival, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and more, Biggar 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, The Brothers Landreth, and more.
2017 sees Biggar touring like never before, with extensive booking across Canada and into the USA, and GO ALL IN creates a potent Roots music calling card that is sure to garner fresh affection from familiar listeners and make new fans wherever it is heard.
FEELS LIKE NOW (2013 Busted Flat Records)
The Season (2011 Independent)