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Encyclopedia > Great Big Sea
Great Big Sea
Background information
Origin Flag of Canada Canada
Genre(s) Celtic rock
Folk-rock
Years active 1993Present
Label(s) Warner Music Canada
Rounder Records USA
Website www.greatbigsea.com
Members
Alan Doyle
Séan McCann
Bob Hallett
Former members
Darrell Power

Great Big Sea (often shortened to GBS) is a Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island's 500-year-old Irish, English, and French heritage. The band also performs original material. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Celtic rock is a genre of folk rock which incorporates Celtic music, instrumentation and themes. ... Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Warner Music Canada is the Canadian subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records and is owned by Edgar Bronfman, Jr. ... Rounder Records, originally of Cambridge, Massachusetts but now based in Burlington, is an independent record label founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy, while all three were still university students. ... Russell Crowe & Alan Doyle Alan Doyle is one of the lead singers of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. ... Great Big Sea (often shortened to GBS) is a Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea chanties, which draw from the Islands 500-year-old Irish, English, and French heritage. ... Robert Bruce Hallett was born in St Johns, Newfoundland and is a founding member of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. ... Darrell Power is a Canadian musician and former member of Great Big Sea (1993-2002). ... Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... This article is about the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... Sea shanties (singular shanty, also spelled chantey; derived from the French word chanter, to sing) were shipboard working songs. ...

Contents

History

The band played its first official gig on March 11, 1993, opening for the Irish Descendants at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.[1] The founding band members included Alan Doyle (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin), Séan McCann (vocals, bodhrán, guitar, tin whistle), Darrell Power (vocals, bass, guitar, bones), and Bob Hallett (vocals, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, concertina, bouzouki, whistles, bagpipes). Power, McCann and Hallett had already been playing together with a woman named Jackie St. Croix in a band called "Rankin Street." According to Doyle, Rankin Street owned a PA, and he owned a van, which made Great Big Sea "a match made in heaven."[2]. They toured nearly constantly for the band's first several years, sometimes travelling as many as 300 days a year. Memorial University of Newfoundland, popularly known as MUN, is a comprehensive university located in St. ... Nickname: Motto: Avancez (Go forward) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Newfoundland and Labrador Established August 5, 1583 by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I Government  - City Mayor Andy Wells  - Governing body St. ... This article is about the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... Russell Crowe & Alan Doyle Alan Doyle is one of the lead singers of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Greek (tetrachordo) Bouzouki The bouzouki (gr. ... This article is about the musical instrument. ... Séan McCann (May 22, 1968) in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada) is a singer and musician (playing bodhran, shakers, tin whistle and guitar) in the band Great Big Sea. ... Bodhrán with tipper The bodhrán (IPA or ; plural bodhráns or bodhráin) is an Irish frame drum ranging from 25 to 65cm (10 to 26) in diameter, with most drums measuring 35 to 45cm (14 to 18). The sides of the drum are 9 to 20cm (3... The tin whistle, also called the tinwhistle, whistle, pennywhistle, or Irish whistle, is a simple six-holed woodwind instrument. ... Darrell Power is a Canadian musician and former member of Great Big Sea (1993-2002). ... The bones are a musical instrument (more specifically, a folk instrument) which, at the simplest, consists of a pair of bones, human or animal, or pieces of wood or a similar material. ... Robert Bruce Hallett was born in St Johns, Newfoundland and is a founding member of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. ... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... English concertina made by Wheatstone around 1920 A concertina, like the various accordions, is a member of the free-reed family of instruments. ... A piper playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. ...


Power retired from Great Big Sea in 2003 to spend more time with his family and friends.[3] Supporting members of the band include Kris McFarlane (2003) (drums, accordion, guitar, backing vocals) and Murray Foster (2003, formerly of the band Moxy Früvous) (bass, backing vocals). Early Life Murray was born on June 29th 1967 in Thornhill, Ontario. ... Moxy Früvous was a folk-pop, socially conscious, politically-satirical band (1990-ca. ...


The band won the Entertainer of the Year award at the East Coast Music Awards for every year between 1996 and 2000.[4] (In 2001, they decided not to submit their name for nomination in order to allow other bands to compete.) They have also been nominated for several Juno Awards,[5] including Group of the Year in 1998 and 2005. Desktop Wallpaper from the ECMA website with the ECMA logo. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Great Big Sea's first concert DVD and videos collection, the Great Big DVD, saw release in Canada and the United States in 2003 and Europe in 2004. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In late 2005, the band released its long-awaited "traditional" album, The Hard and the Easy, on which they recorded their favourite Newfoundland party songs. The title of the album comes from a line of the song "Tickle Cove Pond," one of two songs on the album about a horse falling through ice. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Also in late 2005, Great Big Sea released its first podcast, with clips of the band bantering back and forth in the studio mixed with various songs by them and other artists. They have since released several podcasts. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On February 9, 2006, the band's tour bus tipped on its side into a ditch on the Trans-Canada Highway about 80 kilometres east of Vancouver near Abbotsford. Their driver suffered minor head injuries, but everyone in the band was unhurt. The band went on to continue their tour including their performance that evening at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts just hours after the accident. is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Trans-Canada Highway is a federal-provincial highway system that joins all ten provinces of Canada. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Abbotsford may refer to: Abbotsford, a city in British Columbia, Canada Abbotsford, an electoral district surrounding the Canadian city Abbotsford, a city in Wisconsin, USA Abbotsford, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia Abbotsford, a suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand Abbotsford House, home of Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott This is a...


On November 21, 2006, the band released their second concert DVD, Courage & Patience & Grit, recorded in Belleville, Ontario. It is also the second release by the band to be titled by a line from their 2005 song, "Tickle Cove Pond". is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Belleville (2006 population 48,821, metropolitan population 91,518)[1] is a city located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quinte in southeastern Ontario, Canada, in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 13, 2007, the band stated that they are going to be going back into the studio in Late Summer/Early Fall to record new material for their new album which should release in February of 2008. is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


Charts

Year Album Chart Position
1997 Play Top Canadian Albums 9
1999 Turn Top Canadian Albums 9
2000 Road Rage Top Canadian Albums 9
2002 Sea of No Cares Top Canadian Albums 1
2002 Sea of No Cares Top World Music Albums 7
2004 Something Beautiful Top Canadian Albums 4
2004 Something Beautiful Top World Music Albums 3
2005 The Hard And The Easy Top Canadian Albums 3
2005 The Hard And The Easy Top World Music Albums 2

Discography

See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Great Big Sea self-titled album cover Great Big Sea is Great Big Seas self-titled, independently-released debut album. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... The cover of the Great Big Sea Album Up Up is an album by Great Big Sea released in 1995. ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... The album cover for Great Big Seas Play Play is an album by Great Big Sea released in 1997. ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 // 1998 - The single Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls sets a new hot 100 airplay record, 18 weeks at number one. ... Album cover for Great Big Seas Rant and Roar Rant and Roar is an album by Great Big Sea. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... The album Cover for Great Big Seas Turn Turn is an album by Great Big Sea released in 1999. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Road Rage is an album by Great Big Sea released in 2000. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... The album Cover for Great Big Seas Sea of No Cares Sea of No Cares is an album by Great Big Sea released on February 19, 2002 in Canada and on the 26th in the US. The album is platinum certified (100 000+ copies sold is Platinum status in... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... The album Cover for Great Big Seas Something Beautiful* Something Beautiful* is a self-recorded album by Great Big Sea, distributed by Warner Music Canada. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... The album cover for Great Big Seas The Hard And The Easy The Hard And The Easy is an album by Great Big Sea. ... // Point Of No Return by 3LW Boss of All Bosses by Slim Thug C.O.L.O.U.R.S. by Fonzworth Bentley Courtesy Curtis by CamRon Godfather of the Ghetto by Tony Yayo H.N.I.C. 2 by Prodigy Loose Cannon by Ca$his Loved by Few...

DVD

Great Big DVD is a DVD compilation released by the band Great Big Sea in Canada and the USA in 2003. ... Courage & Patience & Grit is a DVD compilation released by the band Great Big Sea on November 14th, 2006. ...

Other releases

See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 Ti // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ...

See also

Canada has been a source of rock and roll music for decades, beginning with Paul Anka who in 1957 went to New York City where he recorded his own composition, Diana. The song brought him instant stardom and went to No. ... This is a list of bands originating from Canada. ... Canadian music includes pop and folk genres; the latter includes forms derived from England, France (particularly in Quebec), Ireland, Scotland, and various Inuit and Indian ethnic groups. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

References

  1. ^ CanadianBands. canadianbands.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  2. ^ Canehdian. Canehdian.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  3. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia. TheCanadian Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  4. ^ East Coast Music Awards inductees. ecma.ca. Retrieved November 26, 2006
  5. ^ Juno Awards/Canadian Music Hall of Fame winner and nominations. juno-awards.ca. Retrieved November 26, 2006

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External links


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Great Big Sea @ CanEHdian.com (435 words)
Picture a scene in 1995 (when Great Big Sea were first breaking onto the scene).
Some Newfoundlad band named Great Big Sea were opening for the talented Bentall, and the only people that bothered to show up were students from Cornerbrook, Conception Bay and St.John's who were amazed that their any band from their home province would get a gig off "the rock".
This time the main act were Blue Rodeo, another great Canadian band, but the scene couldn't be different from Great Big Sea's first trip to the school, only months earlier.
Great Big Sea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (424 words)
Great Big Sea (often shortened to GBS) is a Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea chanties, which draw from the island's 500-year-old Irish, English, and French heritage.
The band has also produced a DVD, Great Big DVD, which was released in 2003 in Canada and the United States.
Also in late 2005, Great Big Sea released its first podcast, with clips of the band bantering back and forth in the studio mixed with various songs by them and other artists.
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