Celtic music fans came out in droves to The Fair at the PNE on Wednesday, August 21, and all for the same reason. Canadian sensations, Great Big Sea, were in town on their 20 Year Anniversary tour performing outdoors at The Fair on the WestJet Concert Stage. After many excited fans filled the Amphitheatre waiting in anticipation, the band finally took to the stage. “Are you ready Vancouver?” Shouted an eager Alan Doyle as the rhythmic sounds of Great Big Sea came to life. This crowd was in for a real treat!
With 20 years as a band under their belts, Great Big Sea had amazing energy and they weren’t about to give up anytime soon. The crowd immediately jumped up with no intention to get back down, feet stomping and hands clapping to the many upbeat favourites including “Ordinary Day”, “When I’m Up”, “Donkey Riding”, “Run Runaway” and many more. After much excitement, Great Big Sea calmed the crowd with “Safe Upon the Shore”, a powerful acapella rendition featuring singer/guitarist Sean McCann, followed by beautiful 4 part harmonies including the incredible baritone voice of bass player, Murray Foster. Arms swayed for the duration of the song and the band was rewarded with enormous applause by an awestruck audience.
Before the show was over Great Big Sea drove fans into a frenzy with an epic fast paced rendition of popular tongue twister “Mari-Mac”. The band left the stage only to be called back on moments later for more by a ruckus of foot stomping and cheers. Great Big Sea treated the audience to more hits followed by an additional encore. This show was a real crowd pleaser at The Fair at the PNE!
Don’t miss upcoming Summer Night Concerts next week including FOREIGNER, The Proclaimers, Martina McBride and more! View the concert schedule here.