Great Big Sea
Previously Performed in: 2007, 2004, 2000, 1998
(NL) Celtic, Folk, Traditional
The Hard and The Easy is the eighth release from Great Big Sea, the St. John's-based, Juno-nominated band that fuses Newfoundland traditional music with modern pop in a crowd-pleasing formula both heartfelt and vital. A pure force of nature ---; much like the ocean surge they take their name from --- Great Big Sea's blend of instruments like mandolin, bodhran, fiddle, and concertina, along with their vocal harmonies, revels in the melodies they create and the Newfoundland tunes they love. Their sound bellows joy.
Their fans have been responding since their self-titled debut in 1993. All of their albums have gone gold, and most are multi-platinum. After almost thirteen years together, this highly original and award-winning band is releasing a new kind of album.
The Hard and The Easy is the follow-up to Something Beautiful (2004). The band's usual pattern was to record an album that's half original tracks, and half their beloved folk music. However, they had so many original pieces ready for Something Beautiful they decided to save much of the traditional material for a second release, one that spans the spectrum of the Newfoundland songbook. This solid and straightforward acoustic album of traditional and local songs is a first for singers and multi-instrumentalists Sean McCann, Alan Doyle and Bob Hallett, but it's also a logical progression. Newfoundland music and Newfoundland culture are both their genesis, and their raison d'etre.