Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Canadian Celtic Rock Band Great Big Sea Coming to the Byham


Press Contact: Veronica Corpuz, 412-471-6082 /
Diana Roth, 412-471-8717 /
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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Canadian Celtic rock band

Great Big Sea

September 23, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

Pittsburgh, PA: Great Big Sea returns to Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater for one performance only on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. This performance is part of the Trust Presents series sponsored by Cohen & Grigsby. Newfoundland band Great Big Seafuses the energy and spirit of its Celtic roots with straight on rock and roll. Renowned for its rousing, synergistic live shows, Great Big Sea has been playing together for 17 years. “Great Big Sea are a high spirited and richly expressive acoustic quartet who reinvent traditional Newfoundland music, lending it a powerful and resonant contemporary charge” (Time Out, UK).

Their current tour is in support of the band’s tenth release (July 2010) Safe Upon the Shore— a compilation of ideas and recording sessions that took place over six months on tour, in Newfoundland and New Orleans and co-written with various artists. “At this stage, we sometimes all kind of know each others ideas too well,” explains GBS multi-instrumentalist and singer Bob Hallett. “It’s too easy to do the obvious. Writing with a big group of people pushed everything into different directions.” The album debuted at #2 on the Canadian top 100 Billboard charts and #4 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart (#159 overall). This career highlight was the biggest GBS debut since Sea of No Cares debuted at #1 in 2002. Safe Upon the Shore describes the band’s inspirations, as well as concerns about balancing family and life. “Their music is unique, their instrumentation is flawless, and their voices are all tremendous” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).”

Great Big Sea is Alan Doyle (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bouzouki), Bob Hallett (vocals, button accordion, banjo, bouzouki, fiddle, harmonica, whistles), Sean McCann (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, bodran, shakers, tin whistle), Murray Foster (bass, vocals) and Kris MacFarlane (drums, guitar, percussion, piano accordion, vocals). Born and raised in the “far east of the western world,” the lads have traversed the globe, all the while wearing their hometown on their sleeves. “Our music is of Newfoundland,” explains McCann. “It would be impossible to do what we do if we were from anywhere else. Our songs come from the sea and the cliffs and the rocks and all the other natural beauties our country provides. Without her we simply couldn’t exist.”

Tickets ($32.75 and $37.75) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to the Trust Presents series, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Children’s Festival, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, and Three Rivers Arts Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events. The Trust owns Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; James E. Rohr Building & Arts Education Center; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O’Reilly, and Harris Theaters; visual arts galleries: Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street; SPACE, at 812 Liberty Avenue and 937 Liberty: a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.


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