Big Country announce UK tour, new album and Record Store Day 7”

Big Country have confirmed they will release their brand new studio album ‘The Journey’ on the 15th April just as they embark on a 14-date tour of the UK this April, in addition a very limited edition 7” will be released to mark Record Store Day 2013 – both album and single will be released on Cherry Red Records.

The Journey will be Big Country’s ninth studio album and their first since the sad and untimely death of lead singer and songwriter, Stuart Adamson in December 2001.

The Journey was recorded in the Welsh border town of Wrexham in an old cold war nuclear bunker With 8-feet thick walls, there was no phone or internet signal and, thus isolated and disconnected from the outside world, the group were able to enjoy a very productive time in the studio.

Aptly titled, The Journey is released some two years after Big Country embarked on a new era, when guitarist and founder member Bruce Watson officially invited Mike Peters to join them as lead vocalist for just two concerts to celebrate 30 years since the group’s formation. Two gigs became two years of intense and emotional touring followed including appearences at the Isle of Wight, V, T In The Park and Oxygen festivals all to widespread acclaim.

Recently, Big Country has been joined by another long-standing friend of the group, Derek Forbes (Simple Minds), who took over bass guitar duties from original bassist Tony Butler who retired gracefully in 2012.

Mike Peters has had a long and heartfelt association with Big Country. He first met Stuart Adamson in 1983 and was with him at his last ever Big Country show at Glasgow’s Barrowlands in 2000. Mike, who has fought and won two very public battles with cancer, also credits the words of In A Big Country as literally inspiring him to “Stay Alive” during his illnesses.

Mike wrote 99% of the lyrics for The Journey, a challenge he accepted in the knowledge that it would mean having to look into the soul of the band’s original lyricist, Stuart Adamson, whose words revealed someone who was at once both positive and pessimistic.

“There are themes of redemption and of coming to terms with a life lived all through this record, and the process has brought us together as a family united and ready to stand proud for what and who we are…..Big Country.” (Mike Peters)

“I am looking forward to the next Big Country chapter…. it feels right and fitting that Big Country continue the journey… and as Stuart always said, “When taking a journey, it’s not about the getting there, it’s enjoying the view on the way” (Mark Brezezicki)

Tour dates:

12/04/2013 ABC – Glasgow
13/04/2013 Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
14/04/2013 O2 Academy – Newcastle
16/04/2013 O2 Academy – Liverpool
18/04/2013 Corporation – Sheffield
19/04/2013 The Ritz – Manchester
20/04/2013 University – Southampton
21/04/2013 The Forum – London
23/04/2013 Great Hall- Cardiff
24/04/2013 Wulfrun Hall -Wolverhampton
25/04/2013 Waterfront – Norwich
26/04/2013 SUB 89 – Reading
27/04/2013 The Academy – Dublin
28/04/2013 Limelight 1 – Belfast

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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