Great Big Sea

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday August 23, 2013 7:30 PM
$28 in advance / $35 day of concert
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Great Big Sea is best known for performing energetic folk rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island's 500-year-old Irish, Scottish, and French heritage. This concert is part of the band's Twentieth Anniversary Tour. Twenty years is a long time in anyone's life. Few bands last more than an album or two, a few tours, a song played on the radio, and then they're quickly forgotten. Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett have somehow managed to keep the dysfunctional-family-bar-room brawl-student-art-project-musical-pirate-crew known as Great Big Sea going for two decades.

For the hundreds of thousands of fans who have sung, danced and celebrated with the band, Great Big Sea has been a constant factor in their own lives. While musical fashions have come and gone, Great Big Sea has maintained an unswerving commitment to their original ideals - a belief that a marriage of their own creativity and the joyous folk music of their home in Newfoundland would be an unbeatable combination.

Time and their own stubbornness and persistence have proven them right. Compiled by the band members themselves, their new album is XX, a special two disc set that captures the many highs in a recording career that has produced ten full-length CDs and two DVDs. In order to express the band's two sides, one disc covers the biggest hits from their more pop-oriented repertoire, while the other contains some of their most loved traditional and folk songs, all packaged together with six new songs. The box set that accompanied this release is packed with bonus materials that both the casual and truly committed fan will enjoy. It also contains a book covering the many ups and downs of their career, along with lyrics, stickers, and a calendar covering a year in the band's life. The DVD contains a movie containing a wealth of early interviews and backstage foolishness, capturing the band's early years.

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