Safe Upon the Shore

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Safe Upon The Shore
Safe Upon The Shore Great Big Sea.jpg
Studio album by Great Big Sea
Released July 13, 2010
Recorded 2009-2010 at Great Big Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Various Tour Buses, dressing rooms and The Music Shed, New Orleans, Humber Valley Resort
Genre Folk rock
Length 45:28
Label Warner Music Canada
Producer Steve Berlin
Great Big Sea chronology
Fortune's Favour
Safe Upon the Shore

Safe Upon the Shore is the ninth and final studio album released by Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea. The album was released on July 13, 2010.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Long Life (Where Did You Go)" Séan McCann, Jeen O'Brien, Joel Plaskett 3:12
2. "Nothing But a Song" Alan Doyle, Séan McCann 3:04
3. "Yankee Sailor" Alan Doyle, Bob Hallett, Paul Lamb, Joel Plaskett 4:10
4. "Good People" Séan McCann, Paul Lamb 2:35
5. "Dear Home Town" Alan Doyle, Randy Bachman 3:58
6. "Over the Hills" Traditional, Arr. Bob Hallett 3:09
7. "Hit the Ground and Run" Alan Doyle, Russell Crowe 3:02
8. "Safe Upon the Shore" Séan McCann, Murray Foster 3:28
9. "Have a Cuppa Tea" Ray Davies 3:12
10. "Wandering Ways" Séan McCann, Greg Browne 3:19
11. "Follow Me Back" Bob Hallett, Jeremy Fisher, Jeen O'Brien 3:21
12. "Road to Ruin" Alan Doyle, Paul Lamb, Joel Plaskett 2:23
13. "Gallows Pole" Traditional, arranged by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page 2:58
14. "Don't Wanna Go Home" Alan Doyle 3:46

Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, and the bonus tracks were road tested before they recorded it in the studio. [3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart, falling short to Eminem's Recovery. The album sold 7,000 copies in its first week, while Eminem placed first with 30,000 copies.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Greg Prato of allmusic gave the album mainly positive reviews, saying "there is more than meets the eye (or more fittingly, the ear) to this Canadian outfit. Great Big Sea has created a pure "heartland sound" all its own."


  • Alan Doyle – Vocals, Guitars, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano
  • Bob Hallett – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina, Whistle, Harmonica, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Pipes
  • Séan McCann – Vocals, Guitar, Bodhran, Percussion


Guest Musicians

  • Sonny Landreth - Slide Guitar
  • Jeen O'Brien - Vocals
  • Steve Berlin - Keyboards, Melodica, Percussion
  • Washboard Hank - Washboard
  • Mark Mullins - Trombone, Arrangements
  • Craig Klein - Trombone
  • Greg Hicks - Trombone
  • J.P. Cormier - Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle
  • Shannon Powell - Tambourine
  • Jeremy Fisher - Guitar



  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Safe Upon the Shore by Great Big Sea". 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ Safe Upon the Shore at AllMusic
  5. ^ John Williams (2010-07-21). "GBS can't beat Eminem on charts | Music | Entertainment". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-08.