Great Big Sea is a band from Newfoundland, on the East Coast of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, probably the most well-known band to come from there -- certainly the most well-known outside Newfoundland for ''being'' from Newfoundland.

Their music is often energetic pop-rock (mixed with slower folk ballads) infused with a Newfoundland sound, which can be mistaken for an Irish one at a distance. This results in a Celtic sound that has proved popular with listeners from around the country. About half of their repertoire is simply their interpretations of traditional Newfoundland sea shanties, drinking songs, folk songs, etc. Well, the sea shanties and folk songs are mostly about drinking too.

Their concerts are known for their infectious atmosphere and a healthy amount of [[AudienceParticipationSong audience participation]].

One of the lead singers, Singer Sean [=McCann=], left the band in early 2014, but is still releasing solo albums, with "Help Yourself" debuting in January 2014.


* ''Great Big Sea'', 1993
* ''Up'', 1995
* ''Play'', 1997
* ''Turn'', 1999
* ''Road Rage'' (Live), 2000
* ''Sea of No Cares'', 2002
* ''Something Beautiful'', 2004
* ''Great Big CD and DVD'' (Live), 2004
* ''The Hard and the Easy'', 2005
* ''Courage Patience and Grit'' (Live), 2006
* ''Fortune's Favor'', 2008
* ''Safe Upon the Shore'', 2010
* ''XX'', 2013

!!Tropes involving Great Big Sea include:

* AllThereInTheManual: "Donkey Riding" is not actually about the farm animal. As revealed in the liner notes of ''Play'', a "donkey" is also a nickname for a type of large winch used on ships, and that's what the song actually refers to.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Lots of 'em.
* TheCasanova: The hockey player in "Helmet Head."
* DealWithTheDevil: "Straight to Hell." Strangely enough, both sides get exactly what they want: A life of Rock and Roll in exchange for One Eternal Soul. "Straight to Hell" is easiest one of the cheeriest stories of eternal damnation there is. The chorus:
-->Love me now while we're alive\\
It's the best thing we can do\\
We'll have no time up on Cloud Nine\\
So Heaven on Earth will have to do\\
I can sing like a bird\\
And dance like a demon\\
And I do it all so well\\
Cause I made a deal with the Devil\\
And when I die\\
I'm going straight to hell.
* TheDrunkenSailor: Lots of the band's songs reference seafaring and drinking, and occasionally seafaring while drinking. Notable examples include "Jakey's Gin," "Donkey Riding," and of course, the TropeNamer itself.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: "John Barbour" includes the king saying of his sailor "If I was a woman as I am a man, my bedfellow he would be."
* TheFunInFuneral: "The Night Patty Murphy Died" starts out with a gang of hoodlums stowing a bottle of booze in Patty's casket as a makeshift beer-fridge, and ends with the "mourners" so smashed that they end up leaving the body at the tavern. Also possibly an example of AndThereWasMuchRejoicing, but since it's an Irish-type wake, it's actually hard to say.
* GothicHorror: The song "French Perfume" is a ghost story along those lines, with a smuggler's ghost's presence detected on a foggy winter's night by his boat's wake, his maniacal laugh, and the smell of the perfume he had been smuggling.
* HaveAGayOldTime: The aforementioned "The Night Patty Murphy Died" has the line "as long as the bottle was passed around, every man was feeling gay." Sometimes they'll say something like "we're Canadian, so it's okay" to [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]].
* HenpeckedHusband: "Scolding Wife."
-->And if the devil would take her\\
I'd thank him for his pain\\
I swear to God I'll hang myself if I get married again
* HilariousOuttakes: On the ''Great Big CD and DVD'', Alan Doyle begins a song with the wrong verse, stops singing, asks the audience for "your amnesia to forget that ever happened," and has Sean ask if he plans to sing it right this time. On the DVD you can see Darrell cuff him on the head.
* InTheStyleOf: Their cover of Music/{{REM}}'s "It's TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (And I Feel Fine)," sped up about three times.
* IWantSong: "Consequence Free."
* IWillWaitForYou: Subverted in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63fwojdvwn8 Dream to Live]]." First, it's told from the guy's perspective, who tried to make his fortune in Boston. Second, he hopes desperately that she is still waiting for him... Until she lets him down in the letter. He ends up moving on and starting a family of his own, but is left wondering "what if."
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knxR-Q2VoBE Recruiting Sergeant]]."
* LibationForTheDead: "The Night That Pat Murphy Died."
* LongDistanceRelationship: "Boston and St. John's."
-->It's true I must be going, but I swear I won't be long
-->There isn't that much ocean between Boston and St. John's
-->I'm a rover and I'm bound to sail away
-->I'm a rover, can you love me anyway?
* LyricalDissonance: "Haven't Seen You in a Long Time" is a very upbeat, cheery-sounding track... In which the singer laments about the unfortunate accidents of timing which have prevented him from being with the woman he loves, and asks her if she remembers him at all.
** "Over the Hills" does this as well; it's an up-tempo positive sounding song about being drafted for a war in UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}}.
* MermaidProblem: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihEew4v1xyc The Mermaid]]." The album cover for ''The Hard and the Easy'' even shows a fish with women's legs in reference to it.
** It's in the song, too. [[spoiler: He chooses the human-legged fish of a sister, since that's how he "gets his tail."]]
* MotorMouth: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-5oGnvfUEU It's the End of the World as We Know It]]," which is a minute and a half shorter than the original (Which was already notoriously fast paced) without skipping any of the words and even adding an extra chorus at the start.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHgIJAQbH14 Mari-Mac]]," which gets faster and faster and faster as the song progresses: Even the instruments can hardly keep up with the hair-raising speed, let alone the singers.
** The latter half of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbRsJ5riZgY Come and I Will Sing You]]" which proves to be a motor-mouthful.
* NightmarishFactory: "The Chemical Worker (Process Man)", a rendition of "[[http://www.colorantshistory.org/ICISong.html The ICI Song]]" and its description of a [[NoOSHACompliance mid-1960's chemical plant]]. The only instrumental backing is a menacing drumbeat, with an occasional cymbal sting reminiscent of hissing steam.
* OneWomanSong: "Sally Anne," "Penelope," and "Margarita."
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful: In "John Barbour" a princess has gotten pregnant. When the king finds out that the father, John Barbour, isn't nobility, he plans to have him killed. But when the king sees how incredibly handsome the father is ("If I were a woman as I am a man, [[EvenTheGuysWantHim my bedfellow you would be]])," the king gives him the princess's hand in marriage, and offers to let him "take charge of all my lands."
* SettingUpdate: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcHpVhxomY8 Over the Hills]]" is [[{{Sharpe}} Over the Hills and Far Away]] [-IN [[WarOnTerror AFGHANISTAN!]]-], while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knxR-Q2VoBE Recruiting Sergeant]] is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BEaBNa3CvM Twa Recruitin' Sergeants]] [-IN [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WORLD WAR I]]!-]
* ShotgunWedding: "Hit the Ground and Run" (co-written with Russell Crowe) tells the story of a poor boy who finds himself in this situation.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: "It's The End of the World As We Know It" again - TropeNamer.
* StudioChatter: Several songs, which makes sense given their history of AudienceParticipation. For example, in "Jakey's Gin", one singer excitedly tells the other to start singing an entirely different drinking song.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: "How Did We Get From Saying I Love You" is about two people whose relationship has devolved into awkward pauses and discussions about the weather.
* VaporWear: "Margarita"
--> Spent three hours getting ready for the show
--> Nothing on underneath and everybody knows
* TheVillainSucksSong: "General Taylor" is a sort of sly TakeThat sung by British sailors. General (later President) Zachary Taylor was responsible for a decisive victory against the British, so the song describes his funeral (a very lavish funeral, of course - but still a funeral) in great detail.
* UnwantedSpouse: "Scolding Wife".