Great Big Sea’s Séan McCann & The Committed announce U.S. tour dates

Music News | Jun 25th, 2011

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For his second solo release, Séan McCann marries “traditional Newfoundland folk with that of ’70s Nashville outlaw …” (- Edmonton Journal) on Son of a Sailor. Accompanied by Kelly Russell and Craig Young, Séan McCann & The Committed embark on an East coast tour beginning September 26 in Philadelphia.

Recorded with many of Séan’s favorite players, Son of a Sailor features Boyd MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, Figgy Duff’s Kelly Russell and Great Big Sea bandmates Alan Doyle, Bob Hallett and Murray Foster.

Drawing inspiration from the road, family, home, love and longing, Son of a Sailor provides the listener with a collection of first person narratives. “Songwriting has become my method of self preservation. It has given me a reason to remain focused in an increasingly distracted world. Life is short and Truth is relative. Whether we be Soldiers or Lovers, Sailors or Sons, in the end we will all be remembered by the stories we leave behind and I am still trying to tell some good ones.”

Whether it’s told from a barstool or a battlefield, each track invites the listener to briefly live in the life of another. “The Reply (the ballad of John and Mary)” tells a heartfelt love story that explores a love affair lasting over decades and “Soldier’s Song” profiles a soldier at war, longing to get home to his or her family. More personal moments include the title track, which honours Séan’s family roots in the Newfoundland fishery. “So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Séan McCann’s latest solo album Son of a Sailor is layered with musical and maritime influences. But listening to the album… reveals a surprisingly Southern influence as well. – Canmore Leader (Alberta, Canada)

Son of a Sailor comes on the heels of 2010s solo debut Lullabies For Bloodshot Eyes, chronicling his journey into fatherhood. “The arrival of my two sons prompted a fundamental change in my disposition,” confides Séan, “for the first time in my life, someone else mattered more to me than I did…and I was terrified.”

Following a summer tour with Great Big Sea, Séan McCann & The Committed will perform select dates in the U.S:

September 26
PHILADELPHIA, PA
Tin Angel

September 27
ANNAPOLIS, MD
Rams Head

September 28
VIENNA, VA
Jammin Java

September 29
PITTSBURGH, PA
Club Café

October 1
BETHLEHEM, PA
Oktoberfest

October 2
NEW YORK, NY
City Winery

October 3
NORTHAMPTON, MA
Iron Horse

October 4
FAIRFIELD, CT
FTC Stage One

October 5
ALLSTON, MA
Brighton Music Hall

October 6
SALISBURY, MA
Blue Ocean

October 7
NORFOLK, CT
Infinity Hall

October 8
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT
Tupelo Music Hall

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