An audio fanzine for legendary Scottish rock band Big Country, displaying incredible levels of geekitude when it comes to the discussion of Big Country minutiae.
The Great Divide, Special PSA v2
When we recorded the first Millar Mix petition in 2014, we didn't know what to expect. After years of this seeming like a lost cause, developments in 2021 have left us more hopeful than ever. Please listen to the latest updates, sign the petition, and share it with others. We can make it happen if we all act NOW!
The Great Divide, Episode 93
The Yuletide that nearly didn't happen is here. Join Tom and Svein for a look at the things that didn't happen this year, the things that happened, and the things we all have to look forward to. We send a Christmas letter to an old friend, and explore how Big Country music ended up in a computer game in the 1980s. Have at Yule!
The Great Divide, Episode 92
After a bit of a break since our last proper episode, Tom and Svein are joined by Bruce Watson and John Gouveia. Expect a bit of general catch-up and LOTS of questions submitted by BC fans on the Great Divide Facebook page. Hear Bruce talk about his pre-BC bands, the recent Skids online show, his Subbuteo collection (and plans to do a match video soon), memories of past shows, and much more.
The Great Divide, Episode 91
In this final installment of our WKW Pledger episodes, Tom and Svein are joined by Americans Jim Schubilske and Steve Coulter and by UK native Iain Chambers. A variety of Big Country topics are discussed, including favorite BC live songs, bands that should cover BC songs and what cover they should choose to fit their style, the shortest BC set in history, and Hammer Time. Sound bites are played and many laughs ensue.
The Great Divide, Episode 90
Bruce Watson and John Gouveia join Tom and Svein in discussing Big Country's recent shows on the US East coast. Bruce also gives an update on how the current COVID-19 virus outbreak is impacting the band and answers fan-submitted questions. Listen to Tom share some great stories from his Big Country adventures in New York! Find out why JfnG had to burn his couch! Hear us marvel at the Whitley streaming concert! As usual there is also some rambling and general updates on this and that, and we hope this episode can entertain you for a few hours during these very unusual and uncertain times.
The Great Divide, Episode 89
Tom and Svein speak with two more WKW pledgers from WKW's "Men of Steel" campaign: Gene Melang and John Lewis. Gene and Tom speak a good bit about WKW, which includes a segment with Bruce Watson answering some of Gene's questions for him. Gene is kind enough to allow us to share Tom's acoustic version of "Where the Rose is Sown", which Gene also received as part of his pledge. John Lewis talks about the early days of the BC email group, his own history as a fan and shares some nostalgic memories with Tom and Svein.
Entertaining and encyclopedic
Tom and Svein are incredible in their knowledge of Big Country and entertaining way of imparting it to the rest of us. For myself, a fan that is much more than a casual BC fan , it amazes me as to the specific critiques and sound bites from BC’s history plus the frequent input from the band members themselves that they are able to get. They make me feel like I was backstage at the Barrowlands for all those shows. Thanks guys. Much appreciated.
Holy highland rout!
I did not know there was a deep dive Big Country podcast until I found it the other day. Subscribed and downloaded the episodes through The Seer. Loving it so far. Hopefully later episodes will get into lyrical content as SA’s lyrics are mind blowingly good. I snagged a PDF scan of an annotated lyric book a while back that offers great insight into the words. Can’t wait to hear more of this podcast. Thanks so much for doing this. Stay alive
The G.O.A.T. of podcasts!
This podcast is so well done, fascinating, and amusing that you don't even to have heard of the band Big Country to enjoy it. Tom and Svein are the perfect hosts and should have their own morning radio show!