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Big Big Train co-headline Night Of The Prog 2018

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:

http://www.nightoftheprogfestival.com/index.eng.html

Interview with Nick (incl. ‘Kingmaker’ live performance)

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.

http://mmusicmag.com/m/2017/07/video-and-exclusive-interview-big-big-train/

Free ‘London Song’ EP (download only)

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.

Free download of London Song here:

https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/album/london-song

Three nominations for Progressive Music Awards 2017

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.

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

Folklore cover

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: