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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)

BBT release Christmas single on Dec 8th

What wouldn’t you give to believe again like you believed back then?

Big Big Train will be releasing a Christmas single on December 8th 2017.

The single is called Merry Christmas and will be released on limited edition 7-inch snow white vinyl (with a gatefold cover), digipack CD, high-resolution and standard-resolution download, and streaming. The vinyl, CD and high-resolution download versions of the release will feature a ‘b’ side called Snowfalls.

The promotional film for Merry Christmas was recently premiered by Prog magazine and can be viewed directly here:

The film features actor Mark Benton who says:

‘When Big Big Train asked me to get involved with the video for Merry Christmas, I didn’t need much convincing. I’m a big fan of the band and love the way they tell stories through their beautifully crafted songs. The video was great fun to shoot and hopefully really conveys the Christmas message’.

Alongside Big Big Train’s full line-up which performed recently at the band’s three sold-out shows at Cadogan Hall in London, Merry Christmas features the beautiful singing of The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: ‘Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn’t you give to believe again, like you believed back then?’

The artwork for Merry Christmas has been painted by Sarah Louise Ewing and will also feature on a new range of Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas is available to pre-order now from the band’s official stores:

https://www.burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain/ (for vinyl and CD pre-orders)

http://www.themerchdesk.com (for vinyl, CD, Christmas cards and other merchandise)

Merry Christmas is also available to pre-order from Amazon, HMV and other good online and high-street record stores.

The high-resolution (24/96) download version of Merry Christmas will be available to buy on
Big Big Train’s Bandcamp shop on the 8th December:


A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy of the vinyl, CD, download and Christmas card sold.

More Christmas gift ideas can be found in Sarah Louise Ewing’s shop, including Grimspound cufflinks and a beautiful Telling the Bees Pendant (25% of proceeds from pendant sales will go to The Bee Cause, a campaign which seeks to reverse the decline of bees in the UK.)

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:

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

Summoned By Bells
Judas Unrepentant
Curator Of Butterflies
East Coast Racer

New album “Folklore” released

Acoustic performance at album launch

The crow flies…. Our new album, “Folklore” was released today.

Available on CD and double 180g vinyl from Burning Shed.

Available on CD with t-shirt and other merchandising bundles from The Merch Desk.

Available on CD from the BBT shop, Amazon and all good progressive rock suppliers.

The standard album download is available from all good online stores including iTunes and Amazon. A hi-res download (24/48) is available from Bandcamp.

The album is available for streaming at Spotify.

The photograph is from the album launch party held at Real World Studios. Fans were given a play through of the album followed by a couple of acoustic performances by the band.