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Spirit Of The West - 100% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Vancouver, Canada, nouveau roots band Spirit Of The West comprise songwriters Geoffrey Kelly (flute, tin whistle, bodhrán) and John Mann (guitar/vocals), as well as Vince Dietrich (drums), Linda McRae (bass/guitar/accordion) and Hugh McMillan (bass/mandolin). They have been mainstays of the Canadian folk and rock scenes since making their debut in 1984 with a s Read more

Gaelic Storm - 66% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: World Music
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Stan Rogers - 66% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Folk Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stanley Allison Rogers, 29 November 1949, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, d. 2 June 1983, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Singer-songwriter Rogers began as a bass player in pick-up rock outfits in his native Hamilton, before becoming possibly Canada’s finest ever folk singer-songwriter. In 1969, he turned professional and, the following year, released two singles (‘Here’s T Read more

The Rankin Family - 64% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Canadian folk quintet built around Rankin family members John Morris (28 April 1959, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 16 January 2000), Raylene (b. 15 September 1960, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada), Jimmy (b. 28 May 1964, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada), Cookie (b. 4 May 1965, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada) and Heather (b. 24 October 1967, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada). They formed when e Read more

Enter The Haggis - 63% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Barenaked Ladies - 45% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Children's Music Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Taking their name from a childhood slang term for a naked woman, the Barenaked Ladies are, in fact, five strapping lads from Scarborough, near Toronto, Canada. They were formed in 1988 by songwriters Steven Page (22 June 1970, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada; guitar/vocals) and Ed Robertson (b. Lloyd Edward Elwyn Robertson, 25 October 1970, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada; guitar/ Read more

Blue Rodeo - 41% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This country rock band from Toronto, Canada, have often found themselves fielding comparisons with the Band, although in truth their sound owes as much to Buffalo Springfield and the Beatles. They deserve wider recognition outside Canada where they remain one of the country’s most popular acts. The band was formed by two distinctive singer-songwriters and guitarists, Jim C Read more

Ashley MacIsaac - 38% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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24 February 1975, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although Ashley MacIsaac was raised to the Cape Breton tradition of folk fiddle playing, his eclectic, highly contemporary performances draw on influences ranging from hip-hop to grunge. His 1992 debut album, recorded with Joey Beaton (piano) and David MacIsaac (guitar), gave little indication of his later ecleticism, treati Read more

The Tragically Hip - 33% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This politically correct Canadian guitar rock band has proved massively popular in its native country, while earning comparisons to Green On Red and early R.E.M. further abroad. The line-up comprises Bobby aka Rob Baker (12 April 1962, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; guitar), Gordon Downie (b. 6 February 1964, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; vocals), Johnny Fay (b. 30 April 1966, King Read more

The Irish Rovers - 31% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock World Music
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Gordon Lightfoot - 20% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 November 1938, Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lightfoot moved to Los Angeles, USA during the 50s where he studied at Hollywood’s Westlake College of Music. Having pursued a short-lived career composing jingles for television, the singer began recording demos of his own compositions which, by 1960, owed a considerable debt to folk singers Pete Seeger and Bob Gibson. Lightf Read more

Natalie MacMaster - 20% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 June 1972, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. This Canadian fiddler gives credit for her emergence in the 90s to the Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association, started in the early 70s after a documentary, The Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler, was screened. It led to a revival in this most dynamic of musical cultures, and MacMaster was just one of several young musicians to Read more

Leahy - 16% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Country & Bluegrass World Music
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The Chieftains - 16% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original Chieftains line-up - Paddy Moloney (1 August 1938, Donnycarney, Dublin, Eire; uillean pipes, tin whistle), Seán Potts (b. 1930; tin whistle), Michael Tubridy (b. 1935, Kilrush, Clare, Eire; flute, concertina, tin whistle) and Martin Fay (b. 1938, Dublin, Eire; fiddle) - met in the late 50s as members of Ceoltóirí Cualann, a folk orchestra le Read more

Old Blind Dogs - 15% match to Great Big Sea

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Scottish folk band formed in 1990 by three veterans of the Aberdeen music scene, multi-instrumentalists Ian F. Benzie, Jonny Hardie and Buzzby McMillan. Carmen Higgins (fiddle) and Dave Francis (percussion) joined the trio in the first year of the band’s existence, but it was the addition of percussionist Davy Cattanach, who had spent most of his musical life playing in ro Read more


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