Latest @bigbigtrain News: Full King’s Place 2015 Video

From the mighty Big Big Train:

Dear All,

Live Dates in 2018
—————————————————————————–

We are playing two shows in 2018. These will be the only two gigs this year as we are currently writing music for a new album which we will be recording in the autumn.

July 11th, at The Anvil, Basingstoke (with support from Beatrix Players)
Tickets here:
http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/big-big-train

July 13th, at Night of the Prog festival in Loreley, Germany
Tickets here:
http://www.nightoftheprogfestival.com/en/home-2/

Films of the Kings Place 2015 shows
—————————————————————————–

Films of our 2015 concerts at Kings Place, London have now been made available for rental or purchase from Vimeo. The films provide a complete set one and a complete set two. Links here:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bigbigtrainkingsplace1

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bigbigtrainkingsplace2

Andy Poole
—————————————————————————–

Founder member of Big Big Train, Andy Poole, has recently left the band and we wish him well in his future adventures. We will make an announcement soon on the additional musician we have recruited to replace Andy for our live shows.

Best wishes

Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel and Rikard

Well, I’ve bought my digital copy of the King’s Place shows. Have you??!! Take note that there are free downloads of three of the band’s music videos also available on Vimeo.

And, Then There Were 7: Poole Leaves BBT

SBS BBT
The last full album from Big Big Train to include founding member, Andy Poole.

Big Big Train is now a seven-piece outfit, as Andy Poole has resigned.

From the band:

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ANDY POOLE AND BIG BIG TRAIN

Andy Poole will shortly be leaving Big Big Train.

Big Big Train would like to thank Andy for the significant part he has played in the band’s journey and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

Big Big Train will continue with the seven-piece line-up of D’Virgilio / Gregory / Hall / Longdon / Manners / Sjöblom / Spawton alongside the five-piece BBT brass band led by Dave Desmond.

For future live performance, the band has recruited an additional musician to assist with keyboard and guitar work. We will announce details in due course.

We also hope to announce a UK warm-up show for our July 13th Night of the Prog festival appearance at Loreley. We expect the warm-up show to take place on July 11th.

Best wishes

Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel and Rikard

Continue reading “And, Then There Were 7: Poole Leaves BBT”

Bryan’s Best of 2017

Here we are again, folks. We find ourselves at the end of another great year for prog. Sadly, we’ve had to say goodbye to some amazing artists this year, including John Wetton, but we at least have their music by which to remember them.

I know I’ve been a bit quiet here at Progarchy lately due to beginning graduate school this fall. Hopefully things settle down going forward, and I’ll be able to contribute more. For now, here are my favorite albums from 2017 in vaguely ascending order.

Continue reading “Bryan’s Best of 2017”

2017: The Year of Big Big Train

Hello Progarchists!  I’m back. . . though a little later than I had meant to be.

For those two of you (ha) who you have been waiting eagerly to know my favorite album of 2017, I give you not one album.  Oh no, not one. . . but two albums and two EPs: Grimspound; Second Brightest Star; London Song; and the Merry Christmas EP.

All by one band, of course.  And not just any band, but an extraordinary band.  The best prog band in the world (tied with Glass Hammer, at least to my ears and soul), the band that reveals every.single.thing.that.is.good.in.prog, Big Big Train.

Grimspound 2017
Best album of 2017, 1.1, Grimspound.  Art by Sarah Ewing.

Greg, David, Dave, Nick, Rachel, Rikard, Andy, Danny, and, that 9th BBTer, Rob—congratulations.  Whatever other hells happened in the world in 2017, 2017 will always be, to me, the “Year of Big Big Train.”  You overwhelmed us not with quantity, but with quality.  And, dare I say it: with love.

Continue reading “2017: The Year of Big Big Train”

Kruekutt’s 2017 Favorites: New Albums & Videos

by Rick Krueger

After the jump are the new albums and videos from 2017 that grabbed me on first or second listen, then compelled repeated plays.  I’m not gonna rank them except for my Top Favorite, which I’ll save for the very end.  The others are listed alphabetically by artist. (Old school style, that is — last names first where necessary!)  Links to the ones I’ve previously reviewed are embedded in the album titles.

Continue reading “Kruekutt’s 2017 Favorites: New Albums & Videos”