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Great Big Sea

The sea shanty tradition of Newfoundland is fused with the spirit and energy of contemporary rock and popular music by Great Big Sea. Their hard-driving approach has not only made them popular in their homeland, where they've been nominated for four Juno Awards, but has brought them a growing recognition throughout North America and Europe. The inspiration for Great Big Sea was sparked during informal, kitchen-party jam sessions in the Newfoundland fishing village of Petty Harbor. Guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki player Alan Doyle, whose mother is a piano teacher, learned piano and drums as a youngster. His most natural musical voice, however, was expressed on the guitar. Having joined his uncle's rockabilly-meets-traditional Newfoundland music band, the New Standells, at the age of 15, he formed a duo, Staggering Home, with John Benton while attending St. John's University. The other members of Great Big Sea -- Sean McCann (tin whistle, bodhran), Bob Hallett (button accordion, fiddle, and mandolin), and Darrell Power (bass) -- initially played together in Celtic rock band Rankin Street. Hallett and McCann had previously played in a traditional, politically slanted group, the Newfoundland Republican Army. Soon after releasing a self-titled, self-produced album in 1992, Great Big Sea signed with Warner Brothers Canada, who reissued their debut album. Enthusiasm for the band's hard-driving sound and close-knit harmonies continued to spread. While their second album, Up, released in September 1995, took nearly a year to sell 100,000 copies in Canada and be certified platinum, their third album, Play, released in June 1997, was certified platinum within three months. By February 1998, Play had sold more than 200,000 copies. Releasing their first United States-distributed album, Rant and Roar, a compilation of tunes from their previous album, in 1998, Great Big Sea spent many months touring the U.S. The following year, the band released their fifth album, Turn, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and Tragically Hip fame. The album included a traditional French tune, "Trois Navires de Ble," recorded with the Chieftains. The live effort Road Rage was issued a year later. Sea of No Cares, which appeared in 2002, marked their first with Zoe. Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Jane Siberry) produced the band's seventh album, 2004's Something Beautiful. The Hard and the Easy arrived in 2005, followed by Courage and Patience and Grit: In Concert the following year. Great Big Sea returned to the studio in 2008 and released Fortune's Favor later that year. The band followed up again in 2010 with Safe Upon the Shore. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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What a coincidence 'Concerning Charlie Horse' was my nickname in highschool
I got no reason to lie
mermaid song is certainly a cheeky one xD
robertneal00 0
Now this is a vicarious song I can relate to.
Lol
very good
Freak....
They're okay, but it's not the same wonderful sound that REM makes.
leolovesanim e
LOVE IT!!!!!
Doo da da doo da da
jamie16911
I grew up with great big sea :3
Great band
Love the mermaid
Fun sea shantys :)
h_duva
Been following them for years! Just saw their XX Tour! AWESOME!!!!
goofer123567
1. Kiss your arm
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a weekday
5.say your name
6. Open your hand and look at it
7. Post to 15 songs and she/he will ask you out that day
ever smile music...... great treking music.
It's such a happy song ( humming in my head)
timothymalan e
Fun
I just realized the lead singer in the same person who played with Russel Crowe in the latest Robin Hood- I love that man's passion when singing!
yulex.42
Oh come on, Play is the best album, how come it's not here?
apolloslight
Annoying how it doesnt look like they have the Play album and some songs from it on Pandora.
Very good
nunnayobiz42 0
:)
Nice
Want to see them live sooooo bad
debra.hendry
Love them! And I'm a Texan!!! Road Rage is my favorite of their albums to date. Love dem Newfoundland e r s ! Best fish and chips on earth is at Chess' ...
so awesome live
Liked them for a while, then saw them live & they blew us away. Seen them live 8 or 9 times, including the wife and my anniversary last year. Awesome & I keep turning my friends and family onto their awsome music.
holy crap they suck. I wouldn't be saying this if they hadn't played in my tosh/ nice peter radio. :(
best.... band EVER!!!!!!!!
AS CLOSE TO PERFECT AS MUSIC GETS!
wesisout
saw a live performance in Steamboat CO.
The guys are amazing musicians.
The base player is also the base singer, and really good.
the audience looked like they brought along all their own "Groupies".
First ime I ever heard of them or heard them period. Love the music, shanty, blue grass flavors, and old time rock and roll.
a great evening of entertainmen t .
ulallinav
I was introduced to Great Big Sea a few years ago, whilst I was working at a resturant. I started bringing the discs in and playing them whenever I was running the kitchen and while half the staff had no clue what they were listening too, EVERYONE was happier and more energetic. A few even got into the band themselves.
no YOU SUCK. Great Big Sea ROCKS.
Seen 'em twice now - great show - great harmonies - great sense of humor - Old Black Rum, Helmet Head, Captain Kidd, I'm A Rover, the Mermaid Song...One great tune after another...I guess I'm a fan!
damongreenpa
great big sea sucks!
oh god I love this.
slapshot1894
Never tire of listening to them. Just plain fantastic.
dfarner2
Uh, that would be Memorial University in St. John's.
Alan Doyle is asome in the new Robin Hood
This has been my favourite band since I discovered them my freshman year of college. Their music makes you want to get up and dance; you can't NOT move to it! And their live shows are the most amazing things ever---full of energy, but still intimate (at least in Cali). All around feel-good music that I can't stop listening to! --Emmi Lawrence
lol
steve4203
this music makes me believe every bad thing I've heard about people from Newfoundland .
Thier music brings a smile to my face every day.
There is a St. John's University in Queens, NY. http://www.s t j o h n s . e d u /
grinham_l
Who wrote the biography? There is no such university as St. John's University.. . nice job with the research.
sheeradam
Nice. Woke me up.
Kinda makes you want to jump the next schooner up to newfoundland
whats the best song?
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