Based in St. John’s, NF, this folk-rock trio performs a mixture of original material, traditional ballads, jigs and sea shanties. Known for their modern take on traditional East Coast music, the boys use traditional instruments, including the bouzouki, the bodhrán and bagpipes to make the music sound distinctly their own.
Great Big Sea’s first gig was in 1993 and they have been performing, touring, recording, and warming the hearts of listeners ever since. Their first self-titled album came shortly after their initial performance and featured classic East Coast tracks, like “Drunken Sailor”.
Since then the band has gone to release 15 studio albums, three of which have gone to be certified platinum or multi-platinum: Up (1995), Play (1997) and Turn (1999). Great Big Sea have also won a number of awards, including Entertainer of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards annually from 1996 until 2000. After dominating that award for so long, in 2001 they decided not to submit their name, to allow other bands to earn some recognition!
In the fall of 2012, the boys released XX, a double-disc album created to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a group. It was also made available as a special, limited-edition box set that came with a bevy of goodies. Featuring their biggest hits along with two previously unreleased songs, this release is a must have for any Great Big Sea fan.
Sources: AllMusic.com, Wikipedia
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