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Great Big Sea Charter New Musical Territory And Return With Their Tenth Release Safe Upon The Shore
June 15 2010

Great Big Sea Charter New Musical Territory And Return With Their Tenth Release Safe Upon The Shore

Available July 13th Through Warner Music Canada North American Tour Dates Announced

St. Johnâs, NL â Embarking on their 18th year as a band, platinum-selling Canadian folk rockers Great Big Sea voyage a little further from their signature Newfoundland inspired sound to land safe upon the shore with their tenth album due July 13th through Warner Music Canada.

Recorded in âFits and Startsâ over a six month period, the album was produced by Los Lobosâ Steve Berlin and Great Big Sea in New Orleans, L.A., St. Johnâs, NL and anywhere that inspiration struck, including tour buses and various dressing rooms along their tour.

âA lot of this was recorded straight onto Alanâs laptop, as soon as we had the ideas,â explains Sean McCann, singer and bodhran player. âAs for the rest, for a long time we wanted to record somewhere with a vibe, somewhere with an atmosphere that might seep into the songs themselves. There is nowhere on the continent, really, that has more of a vibe than New Orleans.â

And the vibe is evident with the New Orleans brass on âDonât Wanna Go Home,â the bayou-inspired hootenanny âHIt the Ground and Run,â the southern folk/rock harmonies of âGood Peopleâ and delicate creole/folk-infused lullaby âfollow me backâ mix with the more traditional Newfoundland fare on âYankee Sailorâ and âRoad to Ruin.â

Aside from Great Big Sea co-founders and songwriter Alan Doyle, Bob Hallett and Sean McCann, Safe Upon the Shore also includes co-writes and various acclaimed artists including Russell Crowe and Canadian singer-songwriters Randy Bachman, Jeremy Fisher and Joel Plaskett.

âAt this stage, we sometimes all kind of know each others ideas too well,â explains multi-instrumentalist and singer Bob Hallett. âitâs too easy to do the obvious. Writing with a big group of people pushed everything into different directions. Of the songs we started there, we ended up using a bunch of them on the album.â

âSome of these songs took a long time to grow up, some of them came to us ready to head out into the world,â added McCann.


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Catch Great Big Sea On Tour In The Following North American Cities:

July 17 Lewiston, Ny Artpark
July 27 Roseburg, Or Music On The Half Shell In Stewart Park
July 28 Portland, Or Oregon Zoo
July 29 Seattle, Wa Woodland Park Zoo
July 31 Kamloops, Bc Kamloops Convention Centre
August 1 Grande Cache, Ab Death Fest
August 12 Bayfield, Wi Big Top Chautauqua
August 20 Toronto, On Molson Amphitheatre
August 21 South Pomfret,vt Suicide Six Ski Resort
August 22 Vienna, Va Wolf Trap Filene Center
September 14 Waterville, Me Waterville Opera House
September 15 Providence, Ri Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
September 16 Burlington, Vt Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
September 17 Boston, Ma The Orpheum
September 18 Ballston Spa, Ny Irish 2000 Fest
September 19 Norfolk, Ct Infinity Music Hall
September 21 Syracuse, Ny The Westcott Theater
September 23 Pittsburgh, Pa Byham Theater
September 24 New York, Ny Webster Hall
September 25 Glenside, Pa Keswick Theatre
September 28 Charlotte, Nc Mcglohon Theatre
September 30 Rochester, Ny German House Theater
October 2 Chatham, On Chatham Capitol Theatre
October 20 Ann Arbor, Mi Michigan Theatre
October 21 Kent, Oh Kent Stage
October 22 Joliet, Il Rialto Square Theatre
October 23 Minneapolis, Mn Pantages
October 24 Winnipeg, Mb Mts Centre
October 26 Regina, Sk Conexus Arts Centre
October 27 Calgary, Ab Jubilee Auditorium
October 30 Edmonton, Ab Jubilee Auditorium
November 1 Vancouver, Bc Orpheum
November 4 San Francisco, Ca Palace Of The Fine Arts Theatre
November 5 Los Angeles, Ca House Of Blues
November 6 San Diego, Ca House Of Blues
March 17 Carmel, Ca Sunset Center
March 18 Arroyo Grande, Caclark Center
March 19 Long Beach, Ca Carpenter Center

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Joanna Dine, (416)-758-1098,

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