Big Big Train - Live 2020
Four times Progressive Music Award winning band, Big Big Train, reached number one in the UK Official rock album charts with their 2017 album, Grimspound. Their new album, Grand Tour entered at 35 in the top 40 of the Official UK Album Charts in May 2019.
In autumn 2019, Big Big Train embarked upon their first ever UK tour, performing music from Grand Tour, alongside songs from their previous recordings, including 2009’s The Underfall Yard album. The shows featured the band’s full live line-up, including the seven band members alongside a five-piece brass ensemble.
The name of the band is taken from a 1970’s train set owned by founder-member / bass guitarist, Greg Spawton. Greg’s family worked on the railways and his childhood home was full of railway memorabilia.
As a consequence of the ‘Big Big’ element in the name and taking their inspiration from 70’s progressive rock, the band’s aim is to make their music dramatic and dynamic. Their songs take the listener on a journey. If you love the thrills and spills of story telling then you will enjoy this music which is cinematic at times. For the band’s live performances there is a backdrop with a big screen accompanied with graphics and videos used to enhance the experience.
Many of Big Big Train’s songs tell stories of Britain’s industrial past. These are original songs reflecting back on lost communities. The band also looks to the future and is inspired by science and the Age of Enlightenment. Songs such as The Florentine, Voyager and East Coast Racer explore science and the relationship between mankind and machine, with machines, made with love and passion, becoming something more than their components.
‘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
‘Grand doesn’t even begin to describe the epic proportions of this magnificent opus. On a rollicking roll of releases with 2017’s Grimspound and The Second Brightest Star, BBT continues full steam ahead to the max on Grand Tour.’
PAUL DAVIES, DAILY EXPRESS
‘a band that does ‘traditional’ prog rock better than almost anyone since its 70’s heyday’
FRASER LEWRY, CLASSIC ROCK
'They make beautiful, pastoral quintessentially English music: their name is Big Big Train’ BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO TWO
Both shows will be openened by Robert Berry's 3.2:
Robert Berry is a California based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. During the course of a lengthy career, Berry has co-written albums with Steve Howe (Yes), Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, GTR) and perhaps most notably Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. Berry has also toured extensively, playing with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Ambrosia, Greg Kihn, The Tubes, his own band Alliance and finally his holiday charity band December People.
Berry toured with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer promoting the original … To The Power Of Three Billboard charting album, which included the number 9 Billboard hit Talkin’ ‘Bout. In fall 2019 he toured North America in support of his acclaimed 3.2 – The Rules Have Changed album (which featured Keith Emerson’s last songwriting material). Berry is currently recording a new 3.2 album for release through Frontiers Records later in 2020.
Robert Berry’s 3.2 live band consists of Berry on bass and lead vocals, Jimmy Keegan (ex Spock’s Beard) on drums/vocals, keyboardist Andrew Colyer (Circuline, Cell 15, Prog Rock Orchestra) and guitarist Paul Keller (who toured as part of the 3 live band with Berry, Emerson and Palmer).