Win tickets to Great Big Sea

In celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary, Great Big Sea released their first Greatest Hits and Box Set, XX last fall and will return to Vancouver on March 10 to play the Orpheum

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. And more often than not, they have done it with more than a bit of flair.

Compiled by the band's members, XX is a special two-disc set which captures the many highs in a recording career that has produced 10 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.

To balance out the discs, the band recorded six new song, which run the gamut of their varied stylistic approach. "Heart of Hearts" is classic Great Big Sea, the sound of three men singing and playing acoustic instruments together in their own kitchens. "Live This Life" is a majestic epic, hearkening back to the sonic experimentation of albums like "Fortune’s Favour".  "Le Bon Vin" is a hearty Newfoundland version of an old French folk song, one the band has sung live for years. "Josephine the Baker" recreates the earliest years of the band, in the rough and ready sailor pubs of St. John’s. "Born To Believe" is a powerful radio anthem, while "Let My Love Open The Door" is the band’s take on the Pete Townsend solo hit, re-imagined through the lens of some questionable characters from Newfoundland.  



A pair of tickets to the show on March 10 at the Orpheum

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