Four times Progressive Music Award winning band, Big Big Train, will be releasing Grand Tour, their new studio album, on May 17th, 2019.
Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the Grand Tour, where young men and women traveled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond.
Grand Tour features nine new tracks which will take listeners on an epic journey over land and sea and through time and space.
Big Big Train drummer, Nick D’Virgilio says:
‘There are songs inspired by the legacy of the Italian Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci; songs telling the story of the rise and fall of Rome; of the beautiful mosaics of Ravenna, and of the shipwreck of a great poet, lost in a tempest off the coast of Italy. Along the way, the story of mankind’s greatest ever journey is told.’
Vocalist David Longdon says:
‘Grand Tour is a celebration of the human experience, of science and art, and of what it means to be alive.’
Grand Tour will be available on double heavyweight gatefold vinyl (featuring a 24 page booklet), digipack CD (featuring a 52 page booklet), on standard and hi-resolution (24/96) download, and on streaming.
The album is available for pre-order here: https://www.bigbigtrain.com/
Grand Tour tracklist
1.Novum Organum (2.33)
3.The Florentine (8.14)
4.Roman Stone (13.33)
6.Theodora in Green and Gold (5.38)
The Big Big Train story:
In recent years, Big Big Train has built a substantial and passionate following for their music. Noted for their story-telling songs and progressive rock influences, their 2017 album, Grimspound, reached number one in the UK Official Rock Album Chart. After selling out a three gig residency at London’s Cadogan Hall in 2017, the band headlined the Night of the Prog festival at Loreley, Germany in 2018. In autumn 2019, Big Big Train will head out on a UK tour, with support from Mercury Prize nominated band, Sweet Billy Pilgrim.
Praise for Big Big Train:
‘Big Big Train have revisited the sound world of early Genesis and Yes and have managed to create music with great emotional clout’
JOHN BUNGEY, THE TIMES
‘the supercharged sound of a group of musicians hitting their stride and showing their class’
PAUL DAVIES, DAILY EXPRESS
'They make beautiful, pastoral quintessentially English music: their name is Big Big Train’
BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO TWO
Big Big Train UK Tour 2019 (with special guests Sweet Billy Pilgrim):
Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall, 26th October
Newcastle City Hall, 27th October
Halifax, Victoria Theatre, 29th October
Birmingham, Town Hall, 30th October
Newport, Riverfront, 1st November
London, Hackney Empire, 2nd November