Last year, when CityBeat talked to Paddy Moloney, the leader of The Chieftains, Great Big Sea were the first group he mentioned (and excitedly so) when asked who were the great young practitioners of a genre he greatly advanced. The group's latest release is the aptly titled Rant & Roar (Sire), which shows some of the softer side of the band ("Something To It") but is still undeniably raucous, featuring a reworking of R.E.M.'s "The End of the World (As We Know It)" done as a breakneck sea chantey.
Friday at the Southgate House with John Kinney.
--M . B .