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Big Big Train perform Hedgerow live at the Hackney Empire, London.

Empire, the new live Blu-ray film/2 CD from Big Big Train, is out today!  Recorded on November 2nd, 2019 at the Hackney Empire in London, the 12 song set runs just under 2 hours and includes material from the English Electric, Folklore, Grimspound and Grand Tour studio albums. It was directed and edited by Tim Sidwell of Toward Infinity (who has previously worked with Marillion, Status Quo, Thunder, Magnum, Lisa Stansfield and Steps), with audio mixed by BBT’s sound engineer Rob Aubrey.

«Hedgerows are an essential part of our landscape», bassist Greg Spawton says. «For wildlife, they are like motorways and cities all rolled into one. So, we wanted to celebrate the not-so-humble hedgerow with a song. We hadn’t played this tune for a few years and it was good fun to dust it off and perform it on our UK tour last year».

«Hedgerow is a song that has constantly evolved with every live performance and will no doubt continue to do so», adds violinist Rachel Hall. «Being the first song I was invited to record on for Big Big Train, it was enjoyable to perform as an old favourite with amendments to the arrangement for these live shows, including some sneaky adaptations to the violin solo. Thankfully, having been previously performed as backing vocals in both Hedgerow and Uncle Jack, the nursery rhyme words were already planted in my mind when the band suggested in rehearsals that I sing it as a solo line for the shows. It was a privilege to step out with David to perform the uplifting ending of Hedgerow on the latest UK tour».

Tracklisting:

Blu-ray

1) Novum Organum

2) Alive

3) Hedgerow

4) Theodora in Green and Gold

5) Winkie

6) The Florentine

7) Brave Captain

8) Voyager

9) Homesong

10) Wassail

11) Engines and Men

12) East Coast Racer

CD 1

1) Novum Organum

2) Alive

3) Hedgerow

4) Theodora in Green and Gold

5) Winkie

6) The Florentine

7) Brave Captain

CD 2

1) Voyager

2) Homesong

3) Wassail

4) Engines and Men

5) East Coast Racer

Unknown to the band at the time, Empire also memorializes the last Big Big Train concert to feature guitarist Dave Gregory, violinist Rachel Hall and keyboardist Danny Manners. While Dave Gregory’s departure from Big Big Train was announced in March this year, Rachel Hall and Danny Manners have also recently decided the leave the band.

 «Every night of our first ever UK tour was special, but playing the Hackney Empire was particularly memorable. It is now additionally poignant as our last full show with Dave, Danny and Rachel», BBT bassist Gregory Spawton comments. «We’re thrilled by the work that Tim Sidwell and his team and Rob Aubrey have done. We remain proud of our two previous concert films, but visually and sonically Empire represents another step forward and is a great way to mark the end of a particular era for BBT».

«Over the three decades of the band’s existence, Big Big Train’s line-up has seen plenty of comings and goings», Gregory Spawton continues. «We fully respect the decisions that Danny and Rachel have reached. While we will miss them personally, equally we are intrigued about how BBT will evolve further as we enter a new phase in our career. David, our drummer Nick D’Virgilio, our guitarist/keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom and I have already written a new BBT studio album and will be going into the studio later in the autumn with as a core quartet to record it. We’re aiming to release it before next summer in time for our next live shows».

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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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