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Plane as Day

3:45- Patty Griffin's the final Mountain Stage act. They just got my car in, and the phone's near death.

I tried linking to this on Facebook at 5-ish in the morning, but the link didn't preview for some damn reason and this story deserves another chance.  I've been on the Great Big Sea mailing list since first seeing them here some years ago, and this came through the other day about one of the band members' side projects:

 Bob Hallett Helping Launch New Broadway Musical

For the past few months Bob has been working behind the scenes to help launch a major new musical. Written by Toronto based playwrights & composers David Hein & Irene Sankoff, and directed by Christopher Ashley, Come From Away is an original, rock-inspired world-premiere musical based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world.

What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleepover when 38 planes were diverted to Gander on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the spirited town cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.The writers enlisted Bob’s help as a music consultant in order to ensure that the play’s music has an authentic base in traditional Newfoundland music.

Currently in preview at the LaJolla Theatre in LaJolla, California, Bob has been on the scene helping the producers fine-tune the music as it ends its final previews. In the coming months the play will open at the Seattle Repertory theatre, and then head to New York City for its Broadway debut.

What an awesome idea:) For all the horrific images of that day- I still shudder at them, despite the distance from the site and not having known any of the lost- it is so good to celebrate perhaps the only silver lining in the whole global experience of that day.  And I'm sure Bob will lend the needed authenticity; the boys have worked their way into popular culture before this, getting several of their early songs into the 2001 movie The Shipping News, also set in Newfoundland, by basically going guerrilla on the producers and blasting their music around the set.

It's going on two years since we last saw them- Sean McCann left the band not long after that, and Wikipedia says they're now on hiatus- so this may be our last and best chance for a good GBS fix:)

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greenlily From: greenlily Date: June 16th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I miss GBS. Sean's not coming back, and Alan and Bob Plus Some Other Dudes might be a fine band without him, but they're not GBS. I've been enjoying Alan's solo work, though.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 16th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Sean has spoken a bit more about his leaving and his personal battles; I'm hopeful we'll see them together again on some future Ordinary Day.

Meanwhile, have you discovered Republic of Doyle from the CBC? GBS's "Oh Yeah" is the theme song, and Alan has acted in several eps. We can get it on cable here, but I think Netflix also has it.
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