Great Big Sea
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Alan Doyle, Sťan McCann, Darrell Power and Bob Hallett have assembled together to form the traditional, yet diverse Newfoundland musical group, Great Big Sea. Although there is no single word to describe the unique sound of Great Big Sea, their music is an energetic combination of Celtic rock and sing-along folk, while remaining unmistakably traditional. Bob, the band's multi-instrumentalist, has said Great Big Sea is "a really aggressive folk band that marries traditional Celtic music with modern rhythms." A lot of this music has four or five hundred years of history behind it so when you marry that to modern ideas, you've got something that's already a proven product." Originally with the successful group Rankin Street, Sťan (bodhran, tin whistle,guitar) and Bob (fiddle, accordion, mandolin, concertina and bouzuki) later met up with Darrell (bass and acoustic guitar) and Alan (guitarist, singer, keyboard) to form Great Big Sea in 1991. "We started out with the simple goal of playing the old songs but picking them up where need be with modern tempos. It was a twofold kind of thing because that music is all around us, but when we were coming up it was competing with the rock music off the radio" (Alan Doyle, in an interview with The Toronto Star November 16, 1995).
In 1992, Great Big Sea released their self-titled, self-produced album, later to be re-released by Warner Music Canada. Their second album, Up, released in September 1995 rapidly hit the Platinum sales mark of 100,000 copies sold in Canada by July 1996. Their third Canadian album, Play (released in June 1997) took only three months to hit Platinum, then quickly doubled to over 200,000 copies sold by February 1998. Summer 1998, Great Big Sea released their American release, Rant and Roar, which was supported by an aggressive and very successful tour throughout the USA. June 22, 1999 marked the release of Great Big Sea's fourth Canadian album, Turn. In October 2000, the boys assembled the very best of their 2000 tour into Road Rage, their first live recording. And most recently, in February 2002, the band released their fifth studio album, Sea of No Cares.
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