Tag Archives: David Longdon

On November 20, 2021.

On November 20, 2021, David Longdon died aged 56. He was musician (guitar, flute, keyboards, bass, mandolin, lute, banjo, accordion, dulcimer, psaltry, vibraphone, theremin, glockenspiel, percussion, singer and song-writer, member of the band The Gift Horse, recorded with Louis Philippe, The Tangent, The Charlatans, Dave Kerzner, Nick Beggs, Rob Reed, Nick D’ Virgilio, Christina Booth and Steve Hackett, but was best known as member and the lead singer of the band Big Big Train. As leader, Longdon released one album (Wild River, 2004).

On March 4, 2013.

On March 4, 2013, “English Electric Recordings” and “GEP” labels released “English Electric Part Two”, the eighth Big Big Train studio album.

Personnel:

  • David Longdon – lead vocals, flute, vibes, tambourine, banjo, accordion, melodica, keyboards, acoustic guitar, birds and bees, mandolin
  • Gregory Spawton – bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, slow moog, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals,
  • Dave Gregory – electric guitar, banjo, mellotron
  • Danny Manners – keyboards, piano, double bass
  • Andy Poole – keyboards, acoustic guitar, mandolin, baritone bee, backing vocals,
  • Nick D’Virgilio – drums, backing vocals
  • Daniel Steinhardt – electric guitar
  • Andy Tillison – organ, Moog, keyboards
  • Ben Godfrey – cornet, trumpet, piccolo trumpet
  • John Storey – euphonium, trombone
  • Dave Desmond – trombone
  • Jon Truscott – tuba
  • Eleanor Gilchrist – violin
  • Geraldine Berreen – violin
  • Rachel Hall – violin
  • Sue Bowran – violin
  • Teresa Whipple – viola
  • Abigail Trundle – cello
  • Jan Jaap Langereis – recorders
  • Lily Adams – backing vocals
  • Martin Orford – backing vocals
  • Verity Joy – backing vocals
  • Violet Adams – backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Greg Spawton, except where noted.

  1. East Coast Racer
  2. Swan Hunter – Greg Spawton, David Longdon
  3. Worked Out
  4. Leopards – David Longdon
  5. Keeper of Abbeys
  6. The Permanent Way
  7. Curator of Butterflies

On March 1, 2019.

On March 1, 2019, “Inside Out Music” and “Sony” labels released “Flowers at the Scene”, the fifth Tim Bowness studio album. It was recorded in 2018, and was produced by Tim Bowness, No-Man (Steven Wilson) and Brian Hulse.

Personnel:

  • Tim Bowness – lead and backing vocals, trumpet loops, artwork
  • Peter Hamill – guitar, backing vocals
  • Brian Hulse – guitar, keyboards, synth, drum programming
  • Andy Partridge – guitar
  • Jim Matheos – guitar
  • David Longdon – flute, melodica, backing vocals
  • David K Jones – bass, double bass
  • Colin Edwin – bass
  • Dylan Howe – drums
  • Charles Grimsdale – drums
  • Tom Atherton – drums
  • Kevin Godley – backing vocals
  • Ian Dixon – trumpet
  • Fran Broady – violin
  • Steven Wilson – mixing
  • Steven Kitch – mastering
  • Jarrod Gosling – painting, artwork
  • Rob Whitrow – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Tim Bowness, except where noted.

  1. I Go Deeper
  2. The Train That Pulled Away
  3. Rainmark
  4. Not married Anymore
  5. Flowers at the Scene
  6. It’s the World
  7. Borderline
  8. Ghostlike
  9. The War on Me
  10. Killing to Survive
  11. What Lies here

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”.

 Personnel:

  • 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

 

On May 27, 2016.

On May 27, 2016, “English Electric” label released “Folklore”, the ninth Big Big Train studio album. It was recorded 2015 – 2016, at “English Electric Studios”, “Aubitt Studios”, “Real World Studios”, “Sweetwater Studios”, “Ashwood Studios”, “Regal Lane Studios” and was produced by David Longdon, Nick D’Virgilio, Greg Spawton, Andy Poole, Dave Gregory, Danny Manners, Rachel Hall and Rikard Sjöblom.

Personnel:

  • David Longdon- lead vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, mandolin, percussion
  • Nick D’Virgilio- drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Greg Spawton – bass guitar, bass pedals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Andy Poole – acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Gregory- electric guitars
  • Danny Manners – keyboards, double bass
  • Rachel Hall – violin, viola, cello, backing vocals
  • Rikard Sjöblom – keyboards, electric guitars, accordion, backing vocals
  • Evie Anderson – cello
  • Keith Hobday – viola
  • Lucy Curnow – violin
  • Dave Desmond – trombone, brass arrangements
  • Ben Godfrey – trumpet, cornet
  • John Storey – euphonium
  • Nick Stones – French horn
  • Sotos Yiasimi – recording engineer
  • Mark Hornsby – recording engineer
  • Rob Aubrey – mixing, mastering
  • Sarah Louise Ewing – paintings
  • Andy Poole – design
  • Simon Hogg – photography

Track listing:

  1. Folklore – David Longdon
  2. Along the Ridgeway – Greg Spawton
  3. Salisbury Giant – Greg Spawton
  4. London Plane – Greg Spawton
  5. Mudlarks – Greg Spawton
  6. Lost Rivers of London – Greg Spawton
  7. The Transit of Venus Across the Sun – Greg Spawton
  8. Wassail – David Longdon
  9. Winkie – David Longdon
  10. Brooklands – Greg Spawton
  11. Telling the Bees – David Longdon

On May 17, 2019.

On May 17, 2019, “English Electric” label released “Grand Tour”, the twelfth Big Big Train studio album. It was recorded 2018 – 2019, at “English Electric Studios”, “Abbey Road Studios”, “Real World Studios”, “Sweetwater Studios” in UK, and was produced by David Longdon and Greg Spawton.

Personnel:

  • Nick D’Virgilio– co – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion, additional keyboards, guitars
  • Greg Spawton – bass guitar, bass pedals, additional 12-string guitars, string and brass arrangements
  • Dave Gregory– 6-string and 12-string guitars
  • Rachel Hall – violin, backing vocals
  • David Longdon– lead vocals, flute, additional keyboards, guitars
  • Danny Manners – keyboards, string arrangements
  • Rikard Sjöblom – 6-string and 12-string guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rob Aubrey – mixing, mastering
  • Rachel Hall – string arrangements
  • Dave Desmond – brass arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Novum Organum – lyrics by Greg Spawton, music by Nick D’Virgilio, Greg Spawton
  2. Alive – David Longdon
  3. The Florentine – David Longdon
  4. Roman Stone – Greg Spawton
  5. Pantheon – Nick D’Virgilio
  6. Theodora in Green and Gold – lyrics by Greg Spawton, music by Nick D’Virgilio, David Longdon
  7. Ariel – David Longdon
  8. Voyager – Greg Spawton
  9. Homesong – Greg Spawton

On April 28, 2017.

On April 28, 2017, “English Electric” label released “Grimspound”, the tenth Big Big Train studio album. It was recorded 2017 – 2018, 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.

Personnel:

  • Nick D’Virgilio– co – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion
  • Dave Gregory– electric guitars
  • Rachel Hall – co – lead and backing vocals, violin, viola, cello
  • David Longdon– lead and backing vocals, flute, piano, electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, lute, celesta, synthesisers, percussion
  • 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
  • Judy Dyble– vocals
  • Philip Trzebiatowski – cello
  • Rob Aubrey – mixing, mastering
  • Rachel Hall – string arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Brave Captain – David Longdon
  2. On the Racing Line – Danny Manners, Greg Spawton
  3. Experimental Gentlemen – Greg Spawton
  4. Meadowland – lyrics by Greg Spawton, music by Rikard Sjöblom, David Longdon
  5. Grimspound – lyrics by David Longdon, music by Greg Spawton
  6. The Ivy Gate – David Longdon
  7. A Mead Hall in Winter – Greg Spawton, Rikard Sjöblom, David Longdon
  8. As the Crow Flies – Greg Spawton

On September 3, 2012.

On September 3, 2012, “Electric Recordings” label released “English Electric Part One”, the seventh Big Big Train studio album. It was recorded in 2012, at “English Electric Studios” in Bournemouth, “Aubitt Studios”, “Regal Lane Studio”, “Studio Aurelia”, and was produced by Andy Poole.

Personnel:

  • Andy Poole – keyboards, acoustic guitar, mandolin, backing vocals, baritone bee, design
  • Gregory Spawton – bass guitar, electric guitar, slow moog, backing vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, keyboards, curator
  • David Longdon– lead vocals, flute, vibes, tambourine, banjo, accordion, melodica, keyboards, acoustic guitar, mandolin, birds and bees
  • Danny Manners – keyboards, piano, double bass
  • Nick D’Virgilio– drums, backing vocals
  • Dave Gregory– electric guitar, voice of the court usher, banjo, mellotron
  • Andy Tillison- organ, Moog, keyboards
  • Daniel Steinhardt – electric guitar
  • Eleanor Gilchrist – violin
  • Geraldine Berreen – violin
  • Rachel Hall – violin
  • Sue Bowran – violin
  • Teresa Whipple – viola
  • Abigail Trundle – cello
  • Jon Truscott – tuba
  • Dave Desmond – trombone
  • Ben Godfrey – cornet, trumpet, piccolo trumpet
  • John Storey – euphonium, trombone
  • Lily Adams – backing vocals
  • Martin Orford- backing vocals
  • Verity Joy – backing vocals
  • Violet Adams – backing vocals
  • Jan Jaap Langereis – recorders
  • Rob Aubrey – recording, mixing, monitoring
  • Ken Brake – recording
  • Matt Sefton – photography
  • Pete Callow – portrait photography

Track listing:

  1. The First Rebreather – Greg Spawton
  2. Uncle Jack – David Longdon
  3. Winchester from St. Giles’ Hill – Greg Spawton
  4. Judas Unrepentant – David Longdon
  5. Summoned By Bells – Greg Spawton
  6. Upton Heath – Greg Spawton, David Longdon
  7. A Boy in Darkness – David Longdon
  8. Hedgerow – Greg Spawton, David Longdon, Andy Poole

On December 15, 2008.

On December 15, 2008, “English Electric” label released “The Underfall Yard”, the sixth Big Big Train album.

Personnel:

  • Nick D’Virgilio– drums, backing vocals
  • David Longdon – lead vocals, flute, keyboards, guitars
  • Andy Poole – bass, keyboards
  • Gregory Spawton – keyboards, guitars, bass
  • Dave Gregory– guitars, electric sitar
  • Francis Dunnery– guitar
  • Jem Godfrey– synthesizer solos
  • Rich Evans – cornet
  • Dave Desmond – trombone
  • Jon Foyle – cello
  • Nick Stones – french horn
  • Jon Truscott – tuba

Track listing:

All tracks by Gregory Spawton.

  1. Evening Star
  2. Master James of St. James
  3. Victorian Brickwork
  4. Last Train
  5. Winchester Diver
  6. The Underfall Yard