On June 23, 2017.

On June 23, 2017, “English Electric” label released “The Second Brightest Star”, the eleventh Big Big Train album. It was recorded 2016 – 2017, at “English Electric Studios”, “Aubitt Studios”, “Real World Studios”, “Sweetwater Studios”, “Ashwood Studios”, and was produced by Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Gregory, Rachel Hall, David Longdon, Danny Manners, Andy Poole, Rikard Sjöblom, and Greg Spawton. “The Second Brightest Star” contains a mix of new songs along with re-worked material from the band’s previous two albums, “Folklore” and “Grimspound”.


  • David Longdon– lead vocals, flute, piano, electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, lute, celesta, synthesizers, percussion
  • Nick D’Virgilio– drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Dave Gregory– electric guitars
  • Rachel Hall – violin, viola, cello, backing vocals
  • Danny Manners – keyboards, double bass
  • Andy Poole – acoustic guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rikard Sjöblom – keyboards, electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Greg Spawton – bass guitar, bass pedals
  • Rob Aubrey – mixing, mastering
  • Rachel Hall – string arrangements

Track listing:

  1. The Second Brightest Star – David Longdon
  2. Haymaking – Rachel Hall
  3. Skylon – David Longdon, Greg Spawton, Rikard Sjöblom
  4. London Stone – Rikard Sjöblom, Danny Manners
  5. The Passing Widow – Rachel Hall
  6. The Leaden Stour – Greg Spawton
  7. Terra Australis Incognita – Greg Spawton, Danny Manners
  8. Brooklands Sequences – Greg Spawton, Danny Manners
  • On the Racing Line
  • Brooklands
  1. London Piane Sequences – Greg Spawton
  • Turner on the Thames
  • London Plane
  1. The Gentlemen’s Reprise – Greg Spawton


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