The Salts: Sea Shanties with Attitude! + Sun Cutter

Date/Time Sun 11 Jun 2023 8:00 PM

Price Online - £12 + £1.20 fee; On The Door - £15


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.
With their own unique sound that mixes well written original compositions alongside classic traditional tunes, it’s a guaranteed blast. Their debut album ‘She Rises’ and now their second album ‘BRAVE’ are receiving rave reviews across the board.

Fronted by Dragon’s Den contestant and twice BBC young folk tradition finalist, Lee Collinson, The Salts are one of the most exciting and energetic concept bands around, performing original material alongside their own interpretations of traditional songs.

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!

Born in landlocked Croydon, Surrey, Brian Doran 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.

Born in South London, Richard Nash 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.

From a long line of a family renowned for classical music, Tim Cantrell 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!

Sun Cutter released his eponymous debut album in January 2022 on Bronzerat Records. The first single ‘Daylight Star’ found love on BBC 6 Music with Marc Riley, Mark Radcliffe, Tom Robinson, on Absolute Radio, and US radio. The album went on to chart in the top 20 in Germany.
Sun Cutter, real name Kevin Pearce, hails from Colchester. Three years ago, Kevin suffered a heart attack (on a golf course). As well as having to redress some lifestyle habits, his rehabilitation involved writing and recording the Sun Cutter project. It is an album of beautiful driving, harmony-drenched indie-soul and folk-rock that looks to the light for reflection. It is at times reminiscent of some purveyors of classic songwriting, such as Tim Buckley, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, albeit with a modern do over.