Band History – The early days (1990-1992)

Big Big Train was formed in 1990 by Andy Poole and Greg Spawton.

Andy and Greg 1990

In 1991, Andy and Greg were joined by Ian Cooper (keyboards), Steve Hughes (drums) and Canadian vocalist Martin Read. A demo cassette tape of the band’s first songs was released in October 1991 and was followed by Big Big Train’s first live performances. The demo tape ‘From the River to the Sea’ was re-recorded and released as a self-financed demo CD in May 1992, following which BBT played some higher profile gigs in England.