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St. John, Newfoundland, Canada (1993 – present)

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. The band also performs original material.

On March 11, 2010, Great Big Sea celebrated their seventeenth birthday as a band. And like almost every one of their many anniversaries spent together, they celebrated it by playing a concert, this one in Omaha, Nebraska. For the players it was an important landmark, but for the fans, some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles, it was a chance to spend a night with a band that has come to define the energetic spirit of Newfoundland. Somewhere along the way, Great Big Sea ceased to be just a band – for the three core members and their assorted collaborators, it’s a way of life.

“No one is more surprised than us that we have lasted almost 18 years,” points out lead singer Alan Doyle. “Like most bands, when we started we were just looking forward to the next tour, the next show or the next song. Then, after a few years we realized that we liked doing this more than anything else. So we kept going.”

The band has its roots in rowdy pubs in St. John, Newfoundland, Canada where co-founders Sean McCann and Bob Hallett met while playing Newfoundland folk songs for boisterous crowds made up of hard-partying university students and off-duty fishermen.


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  • daifullpelt

    hi, thought maybe you'd like to check out Serundal, contemporary Celtic/Medieval male/female singer songwriters from the uk.Ten albums, two e.p's and two singles released since 2006 (most here on All original material- lyrics and arrangements songs based on Celtic and medieval English legend. Find out more on Four tracks 'White Stag' (Yule 2009) 'Sisters of Caer' 'Stone of Destiny' Don't Let the Daylight Break' (Land of the Sixth Moon 2010) voted 2010 semi-finalists in the UK Songwriting Contest. *2011 UKSC update Commended: 'Annwn' (Dark Days White Knights) 2012 new album 'Chime Child' released! 2013 new mp3 album released 'The Scrying Pool' featuring the track 'Richard lll- The Lost King' ! 2013 UKSC update Commended: 'That's where I'll be' from 'The Scrying Pool' November 20th 2013 Serundal's Christmas single 'The Hag of Winter' released!

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • ChromeZephyr

    Wish they'd do a world tour, I get that in most places they're unheard of but I'm sure there is enough fans to warrant a gig or two. I'd definitely see em if they came to England.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WLDB

    Probably "Up". There isnt really another purely folk album of theirs. All the others are a bit of both.

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ravagingmasses

    hi GBS fans, what album/s are most like The Hard And The Easy, pure folk, and least like the backstreet boys type rock on Sea of No Cares?

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • joaotsantos

    The Canadian Rock League (season 2) will start in the next week. You can vote in this band here Canadian Rock League Every week have a new voting! Greetings

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • eirik88

    Yankee Sailooooor!!!

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • marta259595

    Come play in Newfoundland you guys!

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • angel_clipped

    What the hell happened? These blokes used to be good.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    Fantastic band. Too bad the long haired guy looks like such a tool.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • InfamousJCGZ

    Saw them live at g-fest a few days ago. Rocked.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • davion_groovy

    Really good guys! I was very excited by their music and vocal.

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • OllyOy

    I call them "home music" It's the music I listen to when I go back home. Good memories to these songs :D. I'm not from Newfoundland, but Maritimes ftw :D

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • mistfinity

    Play, Turn or Fortune`s Favour

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • grahamr93

    what's a good album to start with

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • soullessmate

    Good shit, Good shit...

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Unknownrooster

    one of the only decent artists from my province, newfoundland

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • mistfinity

    Come to Russia!!! Please!!!

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Furie1024

    cool band) like it^)

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • fofessy

    Seriously rad show at Nellie's the other day! Awesome and random. Loved it!

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • marikohurst

    Thanks for an AMAZING show on Friday night!! Best time ever!!

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
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