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 playingmy 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 PFMand werevery 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 placeas well as sixfurther shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France.Keyboardist/vocalist Carly Bryant is unable to join the band for these dates for family reasonsbut will return as soon as circumstances allow. Alongside Bravin, D’Virgilio, Spawton and longstanding guitarist Rikard Sjöblom, the Big Big Train line-up forthe 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 Flownwas released to much acclaim last year.Big Big Train is nowtruly an international band for the September dates withan American, a Swede, an Italian and a Norwegian on stage alongside the Brits.Theseshowswill see Big Big Train playing material from various stages of their career and also one new song. BIG BIG TRAIN SEPTEMBER 2022Friday2 September –Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, UKSaturday 3 September –HRH Prog festival, Leeds, UKMonday 5September –Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer,The NetherlandsTuesday 6September –Harmonie, Bonn, GermanyWednesday7September –Kuz, Mainz, GermanyThursday8September –Frannz Club, Berlin, GermanySaturday 10 September –Z7, Pratteln(Basel), SwitzerlandSunday 11 September –Café de la Danse,Paris, FranceTickets for the UKshows are on sale now. Tickets for the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and France shows go on sale at 10am UK time on Friday 29 April.Seewww.bigbigtrain.com/livefor ticket links.
6. September 2022