David Longdon

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David Longdon
Big Big Train live at the Town Hall, Birmingham.jpg
David Longdon with Big Big Train live at the Town Hall; Birmingham, West Midlands, 2019
Background information
Born(1965-06-17)17 June 1965
Nottingham, England
Died20 November 2021(2021-11-20) (aged 56)
Nottingham, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Multi-instrumentalist, singer
InstrumentsVocals, flute, dulcimer, glockenspiel, keyboards, guitar, bass, mandolin, lute, banjo, accordion, percussion, psaltry, vibraphone, theremin
Associated acts
Websitewww.bigbigtrain.com

David Longdon (17 June 1965 – 20 November 2021) was a British multi-instrumentalist and singer, who was best known as the lead vocalist and co-songwriter of the progressive rock band Big Big Train. Besides singing, Longdon played flute, keyboards, acoustic and electric 6 & 12 string guitars, bass, mandolin, lute, banjo, accordion, percussion, dulcimer, psaltry, vibraphone, theremin and glockenspiel.

Early life and career

Longdon was born in Nottingham, England, on 17 June 1965. He began writing music at age nine after discovering The Who. He began his career as the lead singer of the band The Gift Horse. Longdon was one of those who auditioned as lead singer of rock band Genesis in 1996, following the departure of Phil Collins. He auditioned during the making of Calling All Stations (1997), but the role was given to Scottish singer Ray Wilson. He joined Big Big Train in 2009, and performed on numerous instruments in addition to his role as the lead singer beginning with the album The Underfall Yard in 2010.

Personal life

Longdon had a partner, Sarah Ewing. He had two daughters, Amelia and Eloise. He died on 20 November 2021, in a Nottingham hospital, following a traumatic fall at his home early in the previous morning. Steve Hackett described Longdon as "a lovely guy [with] a wonderful voice. He sounded fabulous singing on the vocal version of [Hackett’s song] 'Spectral Mornings'." Neal Morse and Geoff Downes also paid respects following his death.

Discography

With Big Big Train

Albums
EPs

Solo album

  • Wild River (2004)

With Louis Philippe

  • Jackie Girl (1996)
  • Azure (1998)
  • A Kiss in the Funhouse (1999)
  • My Favourite Part of You (2003)
  • The Wonder of it All (2004)
  • Live (2007)

With Martin Orford

  • The Old Road (songs "Ray of Hope" "Endgame") (2008)

With The Tangent

  • Le Sacre du Travail (2013)
  • L'Etagère du Travail (2013)

With Dave Kerzner

With The Charlatans

With Judy Dyble

  • Between a Breath and a Breath (2020)

With Downes Braide Association

  • Live in England (2019)
  • Halcyon Hymns (2021)

Other projects

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