Great Big Sea Journal Writings

An assortment of concert reports and other GBS-related journal posts I’ve done over the years!

  • Book review: Where I Belong, by Alan Doyle, 10/26/2014

    In which Alan writes a memoir, and it’s great cracking fun

  • Sean McCann at the Railway, Vancouver, BC 10/3/2014

    In which I and fellow fangirl Geri, along with several friends, get to see Sean perform solo in Vancouver; in which Sean is the happiest we’ve seen him in some time; and in which fans actually get to sing with him on the stage and I trip over my own feet, but hey, it’s okay, there are also PICTURES

  • Séan McCann Leaves the Band, Late 2013: End of an Era, Further Reflections on the Imminent Loss of Sean McCann, One More Musing About Great Big Sea and Sean McCann, and A Lot of Visitors Coming By To Read About Sean McCann

    In which Séan announces that he is leaving the band, and I have quite a few thoughts on the matter

  • Edmonds, 10/19/2013: The Most Important Thing About the Great Big Sea Show Tonight

    In which I never do get around to writing up an actual concert report for what has since become the last full GBS show I’ve seen, but I’m rather okay with that, because I GOT A PICTURE WITH ALAN

  • Vancouver 8/21/2013

    In which Dara and I zoom up to Vancouver and back again for a rarity: an outdoor GBS show; in which GBS plays the PNE; and in which there are actual jumbotrons!

  • Seattle 3/8/2013

    In which I get a bit better with the concert pic-taking; in which Séan rocks it on England; in which there are ridiculous numbers of bouzoukis played on stage; and in which Bob does, of course, play EVERYTHING

  • Alan Doyle Kills Me DED FROM SWOON, 5/22/2012

    In which Dara, I, and several fellow fans go to Alan’s first solo show at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle; in which requests are taken, and collusion happens in the audience; and in which I have my BEST FANGIRL MOMENT EVER involving The Doyle

  • Seattle 3/12/2011: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

    In which several of us have the BEST PLAN EVER, and in which the cake is not, in fact, a lie; in which Alan is all rugged and manly-looking in flannel; and in which Sean regales us with tales of being hyped up on coffee

  • Woodland Park Zoo 7/29/2010

    In which several grownups are accompanied by tiny fangirls Lillian and Moira, who loudly demand for me to take them up front to the dancing area and get me going around in circles singing “Donkey Riding” at the top of our lungs; and in which we get quite a bit of delicious Murray-focused banter, as well as sly remarks about how the sun beating down on the stage clearly meant the lads were going to have to start taking off some clothes

  • Bremerton 11/21/09

    In which Mimi and I get to resume Fangirl Duty Stations for the first time in a long while, even if only for the first set; in which Mimi actually gets the band to react to her with hysterical results; in which I am armed with iPhone and actually score some show pics; and in which the Admiral Theater is arguably the best decorated venue for a GBS show I’ve ever been in

  • Vancouver 9/12/09

    In which Dara and I finally break the Curse of Malkin Bowl, and make out like hooligans with our Cascadia flag in the General Admission section; in which we meet OKPer sticckler and see her delightful video of Séan doing “The Mermaid” from the previous night’s show

  • Seattle 10/1/08

    In which I introduce a friend to GBS shows when we descend upon the Moore, and in which not even recovering from reconstruction surgery can keep me from Vertical Movement during “Ordinary Day”

  • Seattle 7/29/07

    In which the B’ys play the Seattle Zoo to great effect, with Jeremy Fisher as a fun opening act, in which we learn that Séan is actually a telepathic giraffe named Jerome, and in which I impress a random stranger by singing along to every single song

  • Seattle 9/3/06

    In which I make up for missing a Malkin Bowl show by catching the B’ys at Bumbershoot, in which Monica gets them to sign a card for Dara, and in which the theme of the show is Alan as King and the caffeination of Seattle

  • So you want to check out GBS?

    A journal post I wrote to recommend my favorite GBS songs and talk about their albums

  • Seattle 2/11/06: Part 1 and Part 2

    In which the Great Big Famine of 2005 comes to a delightful end with the The Hard and the Easy Tour, in which several former members of Three Good Measures have pre-show conversation and food, in which the B’ys bring us tales of the crash of their tour bus, and in which the audience prompts an improvised change of Set List by bursting into “General Taylor” between sets

  • Vancouver 10/1/04

    In which Dara and I head up for our third GBS show in Vancouver and meet up with assorted friends, and the B’ys add “all new choreography” to the show

  • Seattle 5/22/04: Part 1 and Part 2

    In which our heroine can barely hear the show, but gets enough of Carbon Leaf to decide she’ll probably like them enough anyway to buy an album; in which said heroine has the pleasure of being in the front lines of fans by the stage with her partner; and in which she is teased by Séan McCann in a brief encounter after the show!

  • Vancouver 6/29/03

    In which not even a broken arm can keep a determined Piper from heading up to Vancouver for a return trip to Malkin Bowl, and in which Mr. Murray Foster celebrates his own birthday by proving himself a worthy successor to Darrell

  • Seattle 8/21/02

    In which some of the Seattle branch of the GBS Street Team get to meet one another, in which Fred repeats the Great Big Gitch Toss, in which the B’ys are in fine bantering form during the show, and in which I actually see members of GBS in a non-concert setting

  • Seattle 4/24/02

    In which Murkjammer Dana attends her first GBS show, in which several OKPers meet several other OKPers, and in which I get a load of what GBS is like with a drumkit

  • Why Mary is the Best Mary in the Whole Wide World

    Because she sent me a SIGNED COPY of Sea of No Cares!

  • Vancouver 9/8/01

    In which a road trip clear into Canada occurs for the express purpose of Newfoundlander-ogling

  • Seattle 3/17/01

    In which GBS is the opening act for the Paperboys, and I get to say an actual sentence to Alan Doyle

  • GBS Musings 2/5/01

    Further musings about the B’ys, that I wrote in February 2001

  • First Exposure to GBS

    How I got started ogling Newfoundlanders (first taste is free!)