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New live album and single in July 2018

Big Big Train’s new live album Merchants of Light (available on triple vinyl, double CD and download and streaming) was released on 27th July.

Merchants of Light received a four star review from John Bungey in The Times:


and a five star review from Paul Davies in The Daily Express:


“Merchants of Light” is available from our official stores at Burning Shed and The Merch Desk and from all other good rock stores as well as streaming and download sites.



Big Big Train have also released a single ahead of the “Merchants of Light” album. The single features a live recording of “Swan Hunter” and a 2018 remix of the studio version of the song which originally featured on the English Electric album.

The single also includes two previously unreleased tracks: a new version of “Seen Better Days” which features Tim Bowness on vocals alongside Big Big Train’s singer, David Longdon, and a live studio recording of “Summer’s Lease”.

Merchants of Light tracklisting

Folklore Overture
Brave Captain
Last Train
London Plane
A Mead Hall in Winter
Experimental Gentlemen part two
Swan Hunter
Judas Unrepentant
The Transit of Venus Across the Sun
East Coast Racer
Telling the Bees
Victorian Brickwork
Drums and Brass

Swan Hunter tracklisting

Swan Hunter (radio edit)
Swan Hunter (2018 remix)
Swan Hunter (live at Cadogan Hall, London, October 2017)
Seen Better Days (the brass band’s final piece)
Summer’s Lease (live at Real World Studios, April 2017)

Progressive Music Awards nominations 2018

Big Big Train has received two nominations in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards, for Album Cover of the Year (The Second Brightest Star) and for Event of the Year (the Cadogan Hall shows.) Vote for your favourites in all categories here: