Twenty first century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional.
The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.
The Salts have developed their own unique sound mixing well written original compositions alongside traditional tunes we all know and love, their live shows are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Their debut album ‘She Rises’ and now their second album 'BRAVE' are receiving rave reviews across the board.
Brian Doran Vocals Mandolin Whistle
Born in landlocked Croydon, Surrey, Brian formed his first vocal group
at the age of ten. He taught himself guitar when he was 11, began songwriting and went on to study flute, voice and music theory. He even considered opera. Brian's first band was formed at school and morphed many times into different styles and resulted in playing several of London's top music venues and recording studios. Having already worked with Lee in the folk duo The Richard IIIs, he took little convincing to join what eventually became The Salts.
Lee Collinson Vocals Banjo Acoustic Guitar
From the earliest age Lee has been blessed with fingers capable of guitar-playing beyond mere mortals! Reaching the BBC ‘Young Folk’ finals – twice, touring in a trio with Keith Hancock and Clive Gregson, and forging a successful solo career with his eclectic repertoire comprising folk in all of its forms. His albums, co-produced by Dave Swan, feature guest appearances from the likes of Christine Collister, Barb Jungr and Tom McConville and his career has taken him all over the world. The Salts has given Lee the opportunity to perform in a band environment and transfer his guitar skills to the 5 string banjo…an exciting departure! I would like to thank Shackleton Instruments for the beautiful hand-crafted Islander Banjo. See it here
Jeremy Hart Vocals Acoustic Guitar.
Writing and performing for the past 20 years, Jeremy has led numerous bands into battle on the London circuit, around the country and to residencies and headline spots in Europe. Supporting the likes of ex-Beatle Pete Best and playing alongside 6o’s legend Arthur Brown, Jeremy’s influences are numerous guitar-driven songwriters.
However the call of the sea beckoned and compels him to lend a contemporary ear to some of our oldest and best loved shanties…
Richard Nash Vocals Drums
Born in South London, Richard took a keen interest in drumming at
the age of 14. After performing in various school bands he went to art college and joined many bands of varying styles. Richard is also a self-taught guitarist, songwriter and has fronted several bands including The Story So Far. Richard has also played drums for acts such as Thunderclap Newman, Paul King, The Pasedenas and Hoorah! Boys Hoorah! His other accomplishments include recording sessions for
film tracks in LA and TV music.
Tim Cantrell Double Bass Vocals
The most recent member to be smuggled on board to join the crew (Note-no press gang or trickery was used to coerce him).
From a long line of a family renowned for classical music, Tim changed tack and set sights for different styles of music. Playing bass in a variety of genres for many years now, recording on several albums, TV adverts, touring in venues and stadiums in the UK and across Europe – touring with the likes of Ben E King, George McRae , Katrina & the Waves,
Paul Heaton, Gus Devlin and now happily for him -The Salts!