Big Big Train in as an independent progressive rock band from England, founded in 1990 by Andy Poole and Gregory Spawton.
Their first album, Goodbye to the Age of Steam (1994) established the typical melancholic Big Big Train sound. After two albums on the GEP label, Big Big Train became a fully independent band releasing three more albums on their own English Electric label, including the critically acclaimed The Difference Machine (2007). In 2008 they partially re-recorded and re-released their early GEP English Boy Wonders album in an expanded format. In 2009, Big Big Train will release their sixth album, The Underfall Yard featuring their new vocalist David Longdon.
David Longdon signed to Rondor Music and recorded for Epic records in the 19990's. His band The Gifthorse supported Kirsty MacColl, Blur and The Pogues amongst others. It was in the final days of The Gifthorse that David was invited to audition as a potential replacement for Phil Collins as lead singer in Genesis. He worked with Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and producer Nick Davis from May to November 1996 on recordings that would become the Calling All Stations album. Genesis also worked with Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson at the same time and eventually he was preferred over David. Nick D’Virgilio, who plays drums for Big Big Train on The Difference Machine and The Underfall Yard also played on Calling All Stations. David’s first solo CD Wild River (2004) featured many musicians collectively known as The Magic Club.
In 2008 Martin Orford (IQ) invited David to sing on his swan-song album The Old Road which was also recorded by Rob Aubrey and once again featured Nick D’Virgilio. In 2009, David joined Andy and Greg in time to begin work on The Underfall Yard CD.
The Underfall Yard continues Big Big Train's exploration of the progressive and post-rock idioms. Guest appearances on The Underfall Yard include Dave Gregory (XTC), Francis Dunnery (It Bites) and Jem Godfrey (Frost*).
Another new album (English Electric) is planned for 2010.