As part of one of our brand new features exclusive to Keepin’ it Country, we will be introducing country music fans to artists they may not have heard of from other genres. We believe that it’s important to get to know other genres in order to greater appreciate country music and find new, different acts that you should get to know better. Our first Counter-Country band is last night’s Ottawa Folk Fest headlining act Great Big Sea. The Canadian group is one of the best in the country, formed 19 years ago, and is the perfect fit for both the festival and for Keepin’ it Country.
The group grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They cut their teeth on Irish pubs in the province, playing for rowdy college students and off-duty fishermen. They formed their band trying to bring an innovative sound to Newfoundland folk music. The band hasn’t stopped touring since, and with eleven CDs and two DVDs under their belts they’re not going anywhere for a while, either.
Check out the details from their Ottawa show below. Tickets for tomorrow and Monday’s Folk Fest are still available at ottawafolk.com.