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    Big Big Train Welcome New Vocalist

    Huge announcement!


    BIG BIG TRAIN WELCOME NEW VOCALIST ALBERTO BRAVIN


    SEPTEMBER 2022 SHOWS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE
    CONTINENTAL EUROPEAN DATES


    Big Big Train have today announced that they have recruited Alberto Bravin as their new lead vocalist following the tragic death of David Longdon in November last year.


    Based in Trieste in Italy, Bravin’s career includes performing with progressive rock legends PFM, singing lead and backing vocals and playing keyboards.


    On joining the band Alberto says: “I am extremely honoured to have the opportunity to join Big Big Train. I was already a huge BBT fan and am looking forward to playing my part in taking this great band forward while also honouring the memory of David Longdon.”


    Big Big Train founder and bassist Gregory Spawton comments: “Nick D’Virgilio and I had both seen Alberto perform with PFM and were very impressed with his abilities as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. We know that David is irreplaceable; we miss him deeply both musically and personally. We wanted someone who could do justice with their own musical skills and personality to the songs that David sang for Big Big Train as well as being able to help to drive the band forwards”.


    Big Big Train are also pleased to confirm that their two previously announced UK shows in September 2022 will take place as well as six further shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France. Keyboardist/vocalist Carly Bryant is unable to join the band for these dates for family reasons but will return as soon as circumstances allow.


    Alongside Bravin, D’Virgilio, Spawton and longstanding guitarist Rikard Sjöblom, the Big Big Train line-up for the September 2022 shows will consist of guitarist Dave Foster, violinist/vocalist Clare Lindley, keyboardist Oskar Holldorff and the Big Big Train brass section led by Dave Desmond. Holldorff leads Norwegian band Dim Gray, whose debut album Flown was released to much acclaim last year.


    Big Big Train is now truly an international band for the September dates with an American, a Swede, an Italian and a Norwegian on stage alongside the Brits. These shows will see Big Big Train playing material from various stages of their career and also one new song.


    BIG BIG TRAIN SEPTEMBER 2022


    Friday 2 September – Friars Waterside, Aylesbury, UK
    Saturday 3 September – HRH Prog festival, Leeds, UK
    Monday 5 September – Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
    Tuesday 6 September – Harmonie, Bonn, Germany
    Wednesday 7 September – Kuz, Mainz, Germany
    Thursday 8 September – Frannz Club, Berlin, Germany
    Saturday 10 September – Z7, Pratteln (Basel), Switzerland
    Sunday 11 September – Café de la Danse, Paris, France


    Tickets for the UK shows are on sale now. Tickets for the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France shows go on sale at 10am UK time on Friday 29 April.


    See www.bigbigtrain.com/live for ticket links.




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    Very cool to see they are going to carry on. Interesting choice for vocalist and a bit out of the box, but will be excited to see what they come up with.

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    "Brass section"?!?

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    On the verge of indecision
    I'll always take the roundabout way

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    I had never heard of this guy but he seems like a great singer & instrumentalist, good luck to all aboard the Big Big Train.

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    Having sung with PFM is pretty good street cred, I would say!

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    Having sung with PFM is pretty good street cred, I would say!
    I agree.
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    Congratulations to the band. I'm open to listening further.
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    ^ The pressure is going to be on big-time! But I'm certainly open to listening, too. I hope it works out for them.
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    I'm not invested much, but I think Alan Reed may have been a good choice, given the Englishness of the band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    I'm not invested much, but I think Alan Reed may have been a good choice, given the Englishness of the band.
    Er, Alan is actually Scottish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    Er, Alan is actually Scottish
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    Huge shoes to fill, but good news nonetheless. I'm hopeful for good things!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    Er, Alan is actually Scottish
    Is there a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Is there a difference?
    well, saying that to either an Englishman or Scotsman would most likely result in an extended stay at the Intensive Care Unit. lol
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    Andy Murray is "British" at Wimbledon until he loses...
    and then he becomes a "Scotsman".

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    I thought Peter Jones from a music standpoint would have been the greatest, however this situation could be analogous to when Genesis wanted to replace PC and David Longdon and Ray Wilson were the serious candidates considered. Comments from Tony or Mike were that David would have reminded people too much of PG, PC and classic Genesis and apparently they wanted to move on. Ray Wilson the Scotsman did a reasonable job with covering classic Genesis on tour and the new material. As most Genesis fans know, Italy seems to have had the greatest fans in the EU for Genesis and was the choice for the reunion concert video in 2008. I believe that BBT is now very popular in Italy as Genesis was, and choosing Alberto fits on many levels.
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    I'm open to it. On both Common Ground and Welcome to the Planet it was a bit jarring to me when anyone other than David took the vocals. So please, keep everyone else in the background and just let Alberto do his job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I'm open to it. On both Common Ground and Welcome to the Planet it was a bit jarring to me when anyone other than David took the vocals. So please, keep everyone else in the background and just let Alberto do his job.
    That’s your opinion, and you certainly are entitled to it. I hope that the music is as diverse as those pieces were without limiting the lead vocals to one person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I'm open to it. On both Common Ground and Welcome to the Planet it was a bit jarring to me when anyone other than David took the vocals. So please, keep everyone else in the background and just let Alberto do his job.
    I do not share this point of view. As a band, they should be allowed to utilize all members’ talents/contributions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    I do not share this point of view. As a band, they should be allowed to utilize all members’ talents/contributions.
    Absolutely agree. They are best as a collective.
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    BBT announced new tour. This video features Alberto on vocals:
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    This is going to be great!
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    Alberto sounds amazing, made me quite emotional. Bring it on!

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