Great Big Sea, Oct. 11, Egyptian 

A couple of big acts will take the Egyptian Theatre stage during the next several days: Blues legend Taj Mahal and Canadian gold-record holders Great Big Sea. Never heard of GBS? Many Americans haven't. Singer Sean McCann said a lot of people who've come to their shows on this tour are "GBS virgins," but are quickly drawn in by the folk-rock trio's dancey beats and happy music.

Newfoundland, Canada-based GBS recently released their ninth studio album, Fortune's Favours. McCann said because of its geographical isolation, Newfoundland's music, which hearkens back to Irish and British roots, has a sound all of its own. It's something McCann and fellow "shareholders" (as they refer to themselves) Alan Doyle and Bob Hallett have become quite familiar with during the 15 years they've been performing.

Favours was a departure from the other albums they'd put out; not so much in the way it sounds but in their willingness to step outside of their comfort zone to create it. "Comfortable is great for the stage," McCann said, "but can lead to boredom on an album." They put all of the songs they'd recorded for the new album aside, brought "glam-rocker" Hawksley Workman on board and started fresh. The result is 14 tracks of new-feeling, Celtic-inspired music that audiences across the world can enjoy.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., $25 and $27 adv., Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273.

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