BIG BIG TRAIN Christmas song

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 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:

https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/

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.)

Best wishes,
Andy, Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

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JON BODEN announces UK spring tour dates

JON BODEN
Tue April 17 BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog
Wed April 18 BANGOR Pontio
Thu April 19 ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre
Fri April 20 SWANSEA Taliesin Arts Centre
Sat April 21 TAUNTON Brewhosue
Sun April 22 MILTON KEYNES Stables
Mon April 23 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE New Vic Theatre
Tue April 24 GRANTHAM Guildhall Arts Centre
Wed April 25 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex

JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS
Fri April 27 SALTAIRE Victoria Hall
Sat April 28 CHESTERFIELD Winding Wheel
Sun April 29 PETERBOROUGH Vivacity Key Theatre
Mon April 30 CHELMSFORD Civic Theatre
Tue May 01 SOUTHAMPTON Brook
Wed May 02 CHELTENHAM Town Hall
Thu May 03 TRURO Hall For Cornwall
Fri May 04 BRISTOL Colston Hall
Sat May 05 EXETER Phoenix
Sun May 06 SHREWSBURY Theare Severn

Fifty Gigs In A Day: IT

Delighted that progressive band IT will be involved. Do check out their debut album released earlier this year, well worth a listen and they are currently lining-up gigs for the end of February. Also IT’s record label Progressive Gears are kindly donating some signed items for eBay auction to raise funds for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

The Darker My Horizon – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Second time seeing the Darker My Horizon this year and like February’s gig, again at the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell. Joining the core duo of Paul Stead and guitarist Mark Stephenson are drummer Steve Hauxwell (ex-Marshall Law/Winter In Eden) and bass player Paul Hamilton, who was in a previous line-up of Sacred Heart with Paul and Mark.

A nice, up-tempo and hard rocking set for a Saturday night, with a little acoustic interlude from Paul Stead as the support band never materialised. Plenty of riffs to be had in ‘Perfect’, ‘No Superhero Part 1’ and ‘Closure’, and it is always good to hear ‘Dear Olivia’ played live.

The new boys slotted nicely into the band’s sound, a steady bass from Paul Hamilton and as for drummer Steve Hauxwell, he had the flash and style more associated with American drummers like Eric Singer and Tommy Aldridge. Impressive to watch and a great addition to TDMH.

Two new songs were aired from the band’s new album ‘Seize The Day’ due next year – ‘Carpe Diem’ in acoustic mode and ‘Sleaze’, a nice and loud hard rocking tune. Bryan Adams’s ‘Summer Of 69’ was given an enthusiastic run through and the other cover as Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ (popularised by Guns ‘N’ Roses), which will form part of an EP ‘Phoenix’ due out in January. The other songs on the EP are re-workings of Sacred Herat songs with this new line-up.

Fifty Gigs In A Day: Y&T

Honoured to have legendary hard rockers Y&T involved and they are kindly donating some signed items for an eBay auction to raise funds for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

You can find out more about Y&T here

Jan 06, 2018 Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Tracy, CA
Jan 19, 2018 Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts Fresno, CA
Jan 20, 2018 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 26, 2018 Vamp’d Las Vegas, NV
Jan 27, 2018 Club Red Mesa, AZ
Jan 28, 2018 Club XS Tucson, AZ
Feb 01, 2018 Proof Rooftop Lounge Houston, TX
Feb 02, 2018 3Ten @ ACL Live Austin, TX
Feb 03, 2018 Gas Monkey Dallas, TX
Feb 06, 2018 New Daisy Theatre Memphis, TN
Feb 07, 2018 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Feb 11, 2018 Monsters of Rock Cruise Miami, FL
Feb 18, 2018 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
Feb 20, 2018 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
Feb 21, 2018 BB King Blues Club New York, NY
Feb 23, 2018 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 24, 2018 Tupelo Music Hall Derry, NH
Feb 27, 2018 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA
Mar 01, 2018 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Mar 02, 2018 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
Mar 03, 2018 Arcada Theatre Saint Charles, IL
Mar 06, 2018 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Mar 08, 2018 VooDoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Kansas City, MO
Mar 10, 2018 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 13, 2018 Liquid joe’s Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 16, 2018 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
Mar 17, 2018 Rogue Theatre Grants Pass, OR
Apr 13, 2018 Cargo Concert Hall Reno, NV
Apr 14, 2018 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Lincoln, CA
Apr 19, 2018 The Rose Pasadena, CA
Apr 20, 2018 The Canyon Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, CA
Apr 21, 2018 THE COACH HOUSE San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr 22, 2018 The Canyon Agoura Hills, CA

Fifty Gigs In A Day: WILL LAWTON

Delighted to add pianist/singer Will Lawton who is kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day and plays in Norwich on February 8 next year. Do check out his music, the Led Zeppelin classic below is rather good.

Jan 20 Sat Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett LIVE @ Bristol Acoustic Music Festival

Jan 27 Sat Fossils Of The Mind Album Release @ Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

Feb 8 Thu Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett LIVE @ Grapevine, Norwich Guildhall

Mar 2 Fri Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett LIVE @ St James Wine Vaults, Bath

MERRY CHRISTMAS by Big Big Train

Three times Progressive Music Award winning band, Big Big Train, will be releasing their first Christmas single on December 8th 2017.

The single is called Merry Christmas and will be released on 8th December on 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 artwork for Merry Christmas has been painted by Sarah Louise Ewing and will also feature on a new range of Christmas cards.

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

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:

https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/

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?’

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.

Bass player Greg Spawton: ‘We wanted Merry Christmas to be a proper Christmas song. Christmas music needs a choir, a brass band and, of course, sleigh bells’.

The promotional film for Merry Christmas features Mark Benton and will premiere on 1st December.

Best wishes,
Andy, Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard