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Monday, February 01, 2010

Music Monday - Great Big Sea

It's a glum time of year, so I am drawn to more lively music to motivate me. Some of the most energetic I know of comes from Great Big Sea:

(shown here with the Chieftains, from the fabulous 1998 'Fire in the Kitchen' CD which was my first exposure to GBS)(Ah, The Chieftains.. I love them so. And miss Derek Bell terribly...)

Wikipedia describes Great Big Sea
(often shortened to GBS) as "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".


They are apparently 'more fun than a barrel of monkeys' in concert (plus! awesome harmonies), although I'm yet to experience this for myself. I've had tickets to go see them *twice* now, and both times I've had to miss it. Third time is bound to be a charm! Waiting anxiously for them to come this way again...

Who is *your* favorite 'energetic' group?

5 comments:

Soozcat said...

Next time they come, I'll actually *buy* a ticket and go with you. Deal?

Jessie said...

Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed this :)

Eric Orchard said...

Neat! I remember Fire In The Kitchen happening in Halifax and Cape Breton. In Halifax we'd wonder into a bar and find GBS all the time. Now they're recording with Russel Crowe.

Jennifer Rose said...

I love Great Big Sea! One of my favourite bands :)

moreidlethoughts said...

Hi! Andrea (just over your border) sent me this link http://thetanglednest.com/
You may already know it, but, if not I thought you'd like it.

And favourite energetic group? Not a formal one, but a mix of guys in London, 'way back in the 70s. We had steel drums, guitars and some brass.A sort of international folk-rock, heavy on the jazz. We were goood!