We are delighted to announce Braccan Records, a new label brought to you in partnership between Magick Eye Music and GSMC . With over 50 years music business experience between them Braccan Records will bring you some of the best folk/ roots music around and will strive to have a new approach to an ever changing music industry and promises to introduce some great new music. The first release ' Brave' by The Salts is available now from http://www.braccanrecords.com
The Salts have had some great reviews of their new album ‘Brave’ available now on Braccan Records, please see below for a selection.
The group seems like it is really enjoying the process of revitalising this often forgotten aspect of folk music, and the performances are suitably impassioned and rousing. Brave is a fine undaunted second album and should do The Salts’ cause the world of good. Living Tradition
‘Unafraid to blend, develop and move folk forward while still retaining an abiding and healthy respect for tradition. And sometimes along the way taking the tradition to places it never thought to go. And that’s a prime-mover in the music of The Salts and their album ‘Brave’ ... freedom and fearlessness to invent.’ Folkwords
' I cannot recommend this album strongly enough. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen these guys play many times, and was an admirer of their first album She Rises. This new record does exactly what it needs to do for the band – it steps them up again both musically and in the quality of the production – plus it crucially captures the raw power and enthusiasm that make The Salts so endearing.’ Artree - Folk And Roots Magazine
'Incredibly gutsy stuff with a big sound.' Mike Harding- The Mike Harding Folk Show
’ Shanties from the days of sail are highly in the ascendant, and among the many heart-warming ticks-in-the-box must be the boundless enthusiasm and painstaking maritime research that is coursing through The Salts’ repertoire. Folk Wales Online Magazine
“The Salts sound like a fun live band, with a very different approach to ‘authentic’ sea shanty singers, and Brave would form a fine souvenir of one of their gigs.” R’n’R Magazine
'The title track (Brave) demonstrates everything about why The Salts have had so much success thus far, with excellent backing vocals and a tremendous melody' Maverick Magazine
About Magick Eye Records
Magick Eye Records was formed in 1991 by Chris Hillman and came to prominence during the nineties with it’s releases in the trance, chill & psychedelic scene. Chris was inspired to start the label when he was in the recording studio with producer, Marc Swordfish, and heard some of Marc’s unfinished recordings of tracks that were to form the Astralasia album ‘Politics Of Ecstasy’. The album became one of the first releases on the label and launched Astralasia to worldwide acclaim. Other artists released on the label include Children Of Dub, Cybernaut, Magic Mushroom Band and many more with the latest signing being festival favourites Flutatious. The success of the record label has seen Magick Eye expanding into artist management, music publishing & consultancy and in 2016 Chris also set up the rock label White Star Records with producer & musician, John Mitchell .
About Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman has been involved in the music business from an early age when he played guitar and bass in local bands before moving into band management. He then joined the Zomba Records Group, who became the largest independent record company in the world before they were acquired by the major music company, BMG. Chris’s own Magick Eye Records, an independent record label, music publishing, management and consultancy company, recently celebrated it’s 25 year anniversary and in 2016 Chris also formed White Star Records with renowned producer & musician John Mitchell. The first two artists on the White Star label, Kepler Ten & Voices From The Fuselage received nominations at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards. Chris has a wealth of business experience since, as well as his music activities, he has been an executive director of companies in the telecoms, street lighting, facilities management and electrical contracting industries.
About Graham Steel
With over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry Graham Steel spent many years at Windsor Arts Centre as general manager and music programmer. During this time he worked on 1,000’s of events covering most art forms and developed a strong reputation within the venue for live music, creating one of the first (if not the first!) open mic nights, running an annual band competition that kicked of professional careers for many professional musicians, as well as a programme of events that featured virtually every genre of music. Graham organised an annual Guitar Festival that featured many of the top guitarists in the world, including the UK debut of Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanual and for 6 years he organised the annual Tommy Fest. He also set up and ran the Windsor Jazz Festival, the Small World Music Festival and the Grassroots Music Festival. He spent two years working at the West Wing Arts Centre in Slough programming events moving to Jagz in Ascot, where he spent 5 years building up its reputation as one of Berkshire's leading live music venues, putting on events most evenings. He also set up the Live Music at Jagz events during Royal Ascot week which attracted over 35,000 people.
Graham successfully event managed the Funk & Soul Spectacular at the Hammersmith Apollo which has been featured in national and local newspapers as an example on how to run large scale events, as well as Bracknell's Party at the Park which attracted around 7,000 people. In 2015 Graham set up his own music company which specialised in putting on events throughout the UK and arranging tours nationwide, as well putting together a music development programme at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell which includes regular events in various venues within the venue. In 2016 Graham was instrumental in bringing back the Bracknell Festival after a 9 year absence which featured The Shires, Hoosiers, Space, Sally Barker, Owen Paul, R'n'Beatles plus many more. Future events include Listen Up - Berkshire Music Fair at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. In 2017 GSMC organise the Richard Digance - Golden Anniversary Tour as well as a UK Tour for Californian singer songwriter Corinne West and Listen Up - Berkshire Music Fair as well as new music nights at The Acoustic Couch and Woking Music Club as well as regular events at South Hill Park Arts Centre and recently launched new nights at PJ’S, Windsor, West End Centre, Aldershot and The Old Court, Windsor.
He has a real passion for live music and event management and feels honoured to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented performers.
For more information please contact Graham Steel at 07985 359654