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Great Big Sea Announces Dates For 20th Anniversary Tour!
October 22 2012

GREAT BIG SEA ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Newfoundland̢۪s most popular band releases first Greatest Hits and Box Set, XX, on Tuesday October 30, 2012

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Warner Music Canada recording artists Great Big Sea have today announced the dates for the band̢۪s 20thAnniversary tour. The Canadian leg of the tour kicks off March 8, 2013 in Victoria, B.C. and covers the country with a total of 14 dates in 12 cities.

In celebration of their 20 years as a band, Great Big Sea are releasing their first Greatest Hits 2 CD set and a full Box Set which includes bonus audio and a DVD of the band̢۪s early career edited together by founder Sean McCann. XX, the two CD package and full Box Set will be released on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

20 years is a long time in anyone̢۪s 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.

For the hundreds of thousands of fans who sang, 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 has proven them right. Compiled by the band members themselves, XX is a special two-disc set which 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. To balance out the discs, the band recorded six new songs — almost a new album in itself — 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, and finally committing it to tape for this collection. ‘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.

The XX box set that accompanies this release is packed with bonus material that both the casual and truly committed fan will enjoy. Beyond the two-disc greatest hits collection, it includes another disc that contains some of the band̢۪s lesser known excursions and experiments. Over a 20-year career the band has sometimes gone astray, and these embryonic ideas and mis-steps will be fascinating to all those who have followed the band̢۪s varied journey. Another audio disc features one of the band̢۪s first interviews, recorded in the fall of 1993 for CBC St. John̢۪s, which includes rare and unheard songs from the band̢۪s earliest days. The box contains a special book covering the many ups and downs of their career, along with lyrics, stickers, and a calendar covering a year in the band̢۪s life. True fans are eagerly awaiting the set̢۪s DVD, which contains a movie edited together by Sean. Containing a wealth of early interviews, backstage foolishness and general craziness, it captures the madness of the band̢۪s first few years, but without the bruises, bad food and hangovers of the real thing.

GREAT BIG SEA 20th Anniversary Canadian Tour
March 9 Victoria, B.C. Save On Foods Memorial Centre
March 10 Vancouver, B.C. Orpheum Theatre
March 12 - 13 Edmonton, ATLA. Northern Alberta Jubilee
March 14 - 15 Calgary, ALTA. Southern Alberta Jubilee
March 16 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
March 17 Winnipeg, MAN. MTS Centre

April 10 Hamilton, ONT. Hamilton Place
April 11 London, ONT. John Labatt Centre
April 12 Kingston, ONT. K-Rock Centre
April 13 Montreal, PQ Metropolis
April 25 Moncton, NB Casino New Brunswick
April 26 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre
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