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New album ‘The Second Brightest Star’

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.

Tracklist:

  1. The Second Brightest Star
  2. Haymaking
  3. Skylon
  4. London Stone
  5. The Passing Widow
  6. The Leaden Stour
  7. Terra Australis Incognita

Grimlore

  1. Brooklands Sequence
    (i) On The Racing Line
    (ii) Brooklands
  2. London Plane Sequence
    (i) Turner On The Thames
    (ii) London Plane
  3. 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.

New interviews with Nick and Greg on Grimspound

For those who are interested in the techie or drum recording side of things, here is a video interview with Nick and one of our two main recording engineers, Mark Hornsby, about the recording of drums for the Grimspound album.

And here is a detailed and wide-ranging interview with Greg in Coreopsis, the Journal of Myth & Theatre, published by the Society for Ritual Arts:

Haymaking – An interview with Greg Spawton of Big Big Train

New 2017 studio album ‘Grimspound’

The new Big Big Train album, Grimspound, has been released on April 28th 2017. The album is now available at our official stores at Burning Shed (for vinyl and CD’s) and The Merch Desk (for merchandise and CD’s). Hi-resolution downloads are available at Bandcamp.

All LP versions feature double, 180g vinyl with a gatefold cover and 4 page booklet featuring lyrics and the stories behind the songs. A complimentary code for a high-resolution download version of the album is provided with each vinyl order. There is a limited edition clear vinyl version alongside the standard black vinyl version and orders of this limited edition version will include a postcard signed by all band members.

The CD version comes in a gloss laminated softpack and features a 24 page booklet with lyrics and the stories behind the songs.

The hi-res download version includes a PDF of the CD booklet.

A limited edition blue vinyl version of our previous album ‘Folklore’ is also available at Burning Shed (orders will be shipped with a complimentary hi-resolution download code).

Folklore Blue: final limited edition vinyl pressing

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A final limited edition vinyl pressing of the Folklore album is now available at Burning Shed. This pressing is limited to 500 copies and is a double 180g blue vinyl edition in gatefold cover with a download code for a digital version of the album. There will be no further pressings of the Folklore vinyl album so this is the last opportunity to buy one at the normal retail price. Pre-order from Burning Shed for 3rd March release:

Big Big Train release live album

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A Stone’s Throw From The Line, our new double live album, will be released on December 2 and is now available for pre-sale from The Merch Desk and Burning Shed.

The album was recorded at the Kings Place, London shows in August 2015 which garnered the band the Live Event award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards. Those shows saw Big Big Train return to the stage after a 17-year absence.

A Stone’s Throw From The Line will be a two CD set featuring the best performance of each song from the three Kings Place performances, and the track list reflects the running order of the show. The album comes in a gloss, laminated soft pack with a 40-page booklet.

Track List:

Act One

Make Some Noise
The First Rebreather
The Underfall Yard
Uncle Jack
Victorian Brickwork

Act Two

Kingmaker
Wassail
Summoned By Bells
Judas Unrepentant
Curator Of Butterflies
East Coast Racer
Hedgerow

Cadogan Hall 2017 gigs – third date added

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Following the sell-out of the Big Big Train gigs at Cadogan Hall, London, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September 2017, we are pleased to announce that a third date has been added on Sunday 1st October 2017. This will be a matinée gig starting at 2:00pm.

Ticket sales for the Sunday performance will be open from 12:00 noon, Friday 7th October 2016, on the Cadogan Hall website.

Big Big Train win at the Progressive Music Awards 2016

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We are delighted to have won Best Live Event and Band Of The Year at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, held at the Underglobe in London on 1st September.

This was something we weren’t expecting, given the other illustrious nominees. We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for us, and indeed to everyone who has supported us over the years.

Andy, Danny, Greg, Dave, David, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

The live stream video of the event is at:

The Progressive Music Awards 2016 LIVE in association with currencies.co.uk

Posted by Prog on Donnerstag, 1. September 2016

Best Live Event is at 18:40 and Band Of The Year at 32:05.

Here is a backstage interview with the inimitable Phil Wilding:

Stone & Steel Important Announcement

Here’s an important announcement on the “rest of world” release of “STONE & STEEL”.
After lengthy consideration we have decided against a new pressing of Stone & Steel for specific markets outside of the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, China, Australia or New Zealand (referred to as ‘Rest of the World” for this release.) A test disc was produced for a new pressing but it did not meet our high standards.
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BBT nominated in the Progressive Music Awards 2016

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We are delighted to have been nominated in three categories for this year’s Progressive Music Awards: Band/Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Live Event.

If you’d like to show your support for Big Big Train or any of the other nominees, you can vote here.

Our gigs at Kings Place were the best part of a year ago, so for those of you who don’t (yet) have Stone & Steel, you can watch our live performance of East Coast Racer on Youtube.
(By happy coincidence, the date of this post – 19th July – is the birthday of Sir Nigel Gresley, Mallard’s designer.)

Music isn’t really a competition, of course: the real value of these awards to the bands involved is that they help to spread the word about our music and to get some welcome coverage of prog in the general media. So we encourage you to get involved.