'Having set themselves a high benchmark with The Underfall Yard against which future efforts will be measured, happily Far Skies Deep Time is comfortably the equal of that album. The sheer craftsmanship that has gone into Far Skies Deep Time is to be savoured. In short this is one of the prog year's highlights from a band that seems set to go from strength to strength.' Nick Shilton, Classic Rock Presents Prog
'Mature songwriting. Bold musicianship. Hook-laden melodic prog that soars and stirs.' Rating: 16 out of 16. Nick Tate, Progression
About the songs on Far Skies Deep Time:
The tale of Eadgyth, Anglo-Saxon princess, granddaughter of Alfred the Great.
Fat Billy Shouts Mine
Legend has it that William ‘Fatty’ Foulke, the Sheffield United and England goalkeeper from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, died on Blackpool beach whilst earning pin money in a ‘beat the goalie’ booth. In this song BBT imagine larger-than-life Billy finding the afterlife a rather dull place to be.
Originally written as part of a suite intended for The Underfall Yard album, the band did not get a chance to finish recording it in time for inclusion. BBT are proud to be able to present it in completed form on the Far Skies Deep Time EP. Fat Billy features possibly the final recorded performances of Martin Orford (ex-IQ) who turns in two spectacular keyboard solos.
British Racing Green
“Merry Christmas darling...” Snow is gently toppling down on the bustling Christmas shoppers. Inside a busy restaurant the couple are coming to the end of the line. Yes, it’s Big Big Train’s Christmas break-up song! British Racing Green showcases a different side to the band and tells the heartbreaking story of the end of a real-life love affair.
A rite of passage that is as old as the hills. First love awakens profound, stirring feelings in the young man only for it to tragically end in heartbreak for him when she tells him it’s over. It is this hurt that she inflicts upon him, that will help him to grow.
The Wide Open Sea
The breathtaking dramatic conclusion to the Far Skies Deep Time EP. It chronicles the last voyage of Jacques Brel, in which he reflects upon his life and ponders his fate.