A native and resident of St. John’s, in 1993 he and some friends started Great Big Sea, a legendary band that went on to sell over a million and a half records around the world over a 20-year career. Among other accomplishments, the band had twelve gold and multi-platinum albums, including several number one albums in Canada. A master musician steeped in Newfoundland traditional styles, Bob can play a dozen instruments, and wrote and sang many songs with the band. He has played thousands of concerts with Great Big Sea and other artists, and made countless appearances on television and radio. His company Kilbride Music, has managed bands, produced records, created radio specials, and promoted many live concerts. He works with the producers of the Tony & Olivier award-winning Broadway musical Come From Away as a Music Consultant and has also worked at the Stratford Festival as a Composer & Music Director. As an author he has written dozens of magazine articles, essays and several books, including the best-selling memoir Writing Out the Notes, and as an arts entrepreneur he is a frequent commentator on public affairs.