We are delighted to announce that Robin Armstrong will be joining the live line-up of Big Big Train for our shows in 2018 and beyond.
Robin is a multi-instrumentalist and the leader of progressive rock band, Cosmograf. Nick, Rachel and Greg have played as guest musicians on Cosmograf albums and we are looking forward to performing with Robin at our shows at The Anvil in Basingstoke and at the Night of the Prog festival in Loreley, Germany.
A final batch of tickets have been released for Big Big Train’s July 11th show in Basingstoke and these can be purchased here:
What wouldn’t you give to believe again like you believed back then?
Big Big Train will be releasing a Christmas single on December 8th 2017.
The single is called Merry Christmas and will be released on limited edition 7-inch snow white vinyl (with a gatefold cover), digipack CD, high-resolution and standard-resolution download, and streaming. The vinyl, CD and high-resolution download versions of the release will feature a ‘b’ side called Snowfalls.
The promotional film for Merry Christmas was recently premiered by Prog magazine and can be viewed directly here:
The film features actor Mark Benton who says:
‘When Big Big Train asked me to get involved with the video for Merry Christmas, I didn’t need much convincing. I’m a big fan of the band and love the way they tell stories through their beautifully crafted songs. The video was great fun to shoot and hopefully really conveys the Christmas message’.
Alongside Big Big Train’s full line-up which performed recently at the band’s three sold-out shows at Cadogan Hall in London, Merry Christmas features the beautiful singing of The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge.
Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: ‘Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn’t you give to believe again, like you believed back then?’
The artwork for Merry Christmas has been painted by Sarah Louise Ewing and will also feature on a new range of Christmas cards.
Merry Christmas is available to pre-order now from the band’s official stores:
A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy of the vinyl, CD, download and Christmas card sold.
More Christmas gift ideas can be found in Sarah Louise Ewing’s shop, including Grimspound cufflinks and a beautiful Telling the Bees Pendant (25% of proceeds from pendant sales will go to The Bee Cause, a campaign which seeks to reverse the decline of bees in the UK.)
Big Big Train will be co-headliners at the Night of the Prog festival in Loreley, Germany, on 13th July 2018. We will be performing at Loreley with our full 13 piece live line-up. Most of our time next year has been set aside for writing and recording and this will be our only 2018 show in mainland Europe. Festival information and tickets available here:
A new interview with Nick D’Virgilio about his work with Big Big Train has been published by M Music and Musicians Magazine. The online version of the interview includes a video of the full-length version of ‘Kingmaker’ performed in London in 2015.
All of Big Big Train’s songs with a London theme have been brought together as a 34 minute song cycle. As all of the tracks which make up ‘London Song’ have been released previously, the release is available for free download at Bandcamp. ‘London Song’ will be available on Spotify and other streaming services later on in August.
Big Big Train has received three nominations in the prestigious Progressive Music Awards which will be held at the Globe Theatre, London, in September.
The nominations are:
* Best album (for Grimspound)
* Best album artwork (for Sarah Louise Ewing’s Grimspound artwork)
* UK Band of the Year
Voting is now open and you can see all of the nominations in all the categories and place your votes here: http://2017.prog.awards.teamrock.com
The awards have a high profile in the music and general media, and support from listeners is appreciated.
Exclusive Big Big Train merchandise is available from our supplier, The Merch Desk. A new range of Sarah Louise Ewing artwork and jewellery is also now available on The Merch Desk, including pendants and prints featuring themes from the Grimspound and Folklore artwork.
Big Big Train will release a brand new album on June 23 – only two months after our latest release ‘Grimspound’! The Second Brightest Star is a companion album to Folklore and Grimspound and features seven new songs (about 40 minutes) which “explore landscapes, rivers and meeting places and take the listener on voyages of discovery across the world and to the stars.”
In addition, the record will come with a bonus selection of 30 minutes of music (named ‘Grimlore’) where songs from Folklore and Grimspound are presented in extended format.
The Second Brightest Star
The Passing Widow
The Leaden Stour
Terra Australis Incognita
(i) On The Racing Line
London Plane Sequence
(i) Turner On The Thames
(ii) London Plane
The Gentlemen’s Reprise
The Second Brightest Star is the last album in a cycle of releases which started back in 2009 with The Underfall Yard album. Our writing over this period has focused on the English landscape, the people that work on the land and their folklore stories. The band will be moving on to different landscapes and subjects in future years as we play more shows outside of England. But we had a few more stories left to tell and wanted to bring them together on The Second Brightest Star.
You can listen to a stream of the new album’s title track on Soundcloud.
The album is available to order from Burning Shed and The Merch Desk. It’s available in limited edition double gatefold 180g seafoam green vinyl, CD and on hi-resolution 24/96 download. All vinyl copies will include a code for a complimentary hi-res download.
The Second Brightest Star will be released on Spotify and other download and streaming services at a later date in July.