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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

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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.