When Saint John folk artist Mike Biggar released his holiday album The Season back in 2011, he never could have dreamed the record would still have legs this late in the game. Yet here we are, in the home stretch of 2017, and the award-winning album remains as popular as ever.
“Ironically, I wasn’t even planning on doing a holiday tour this year,” Biggar says, speaking in advance of – you guessed it – a holiday show at Dorchester’s Shepody House on Friday night.
“I reasoned with myself that The Season has been out for six years now, and that it was, for all intents and purposes, done, and so I didn’t intend to really do much in the way of a holiday tour this year. And I was okay with that, but then a small group of folks – all independent of one another – started asking when my holiday show was scheduled, so I decided to give in!”
In addition to his show on Friday evening, and an already sold-out performance in Hampton on Sunday, Biggar is getting ready to bring his holiday show on the road. Late next week, he is slated to perform for audiences in Quebec and Ontario.
While this certainly isn’t the first time Biggar is bringing his music on the road, his upcoming trek does represent the first opportunity he’s had to bring a holiday show to audiences in the central part of the country.
“I’m a firm believer that some of the best things that life has to offer fall into your lap somewhat unexpectedly. It’s a special time of year for so many different reasons. I think a large part of the appeal of holiday shows for a lot of people is the fact that everyone yearns for a bit of escapism, to a certain extent. People are so preoccupied these days with needing constant sensory stimulation – it’s tough for a lot of people to put down their phones for more than a few minutes at a time. But then the Christmas season comes around, and for a solid four or five-week period, everybody seeks the opportunity to get back into a specific routine that is based on tradition, and a slower pace of life,” Biggar offers.
This past year has been a busy one for the Saint John area singer-songwriter. In March, Biggar released his latest album, Go All In. This past October, the record earned the artist a Music New Brunswick Award for Blues Artist of the Year, while just last week, Biggar received an impressive spread in influential U.K. music magazine Blues Matters.
Performing with Biggar, both in a solo capacity, as well as an accompanist, will be Hampton singer-songwriter Jessica Rhaye, a long-standing voice on the provincial music scene. She released her fifth full-length album, Song In Me, in September 2016.
What: The Mike Biggar Trio with Jessica Rhaye
When: Friday Dec. 8, 8 p.m.
Where: Shepody House, 3476 Cape Road, Dorchester
Tickets are $20 and can be reserved via email at firstname.lastname@example.org