Mighty Village is a management company, a Record Label and a Music Business Consultancy. It is owned and operated by Ian Brown
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A bit about Ian….
Ian Brown gained a third-class diploma in agriculture from The Royal Agriculture College in 1986 and for the next 14 years put it to good use milking cows, keeping pigs and growing corn. He simultaneously sold line dance albums via mail order and wrote songs for anyone who would listen, from Simon Cowell to Aswad, Lonnie Donegan, Eurovision and Nashville too. He played guitar in a series of terrible bands, including the late lamented 1+2+ (yes he was the last +), performing in Working Men’s Clubs, British Legions and the occasional wedding, performed solo in folk clubs and co-owned a recording studio.
None of his musical exploits were in the least bit successful, unless you count 2 near misses in Eurovision, a solitary play of his musical homage to a brief but strange musical phenomenon ‘Line Dance Crazy’ on BBC Radio Bristol, in 1997 and Simon Cowell’s promise of ‘Sinitta’s next single darling’ ( 4 weeks before his first label Fanfare went bust).
Undeterred, when Tony Blair urged British farmers to ‘diversify’ in 2000, Ian left agriculture and started a record company from his garden shed. Due to lack of funds he drew up the contracts with the artists, helped to designed the album covers, promoted the records to TV, radio & press, drove the vans for touring artists, booked the hotels, sold the t-shirts and delivered albums to shops and warehouses himself. Within a year he had a Number 2 single and Number 1 album with Gordon Haskell’s ‘How Wonderful You Are’. He has subsequently had more success with a very diverse range of artists. From number 1 singles with Sandi Thom “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker” to multi-platinum album sales with The Priests and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. His record label Mighty Village Records boasts Britain’s most successful folk act Fisherman’s Friends and chart topping albums of poetry, Words For You, read by among others Meryl Streep. Mighty Village has also released records by Kate Rusby, Bellowhead, Show Of Hands and The Rails.
Ian’s hobby is song writing (AKA Tom Gilbert) he was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in 2007 for co-writing the number 1 single ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’. He co-wrote the lead song in the long running West End musical ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ also the follow up Dreamboats and Miniskirts. He has also written songs for Fisherman’s Friends, Show Of Hands, Tom Baxter, Jason Donovan, D Side, Pixie Lott, Graham Gouldman and Henry Priestman.
Ian has dipped his toe into the murky waters of film in recent years and is an executive producer on films with Ealing (The Singing Fishermen) and producer of The Circle & Candy Apple Red with Universal. He was the first person to invest in the film Urban Hymn which was directed by Michael Caton Jones ( Scandal, Memphis Belle) which recently won an award at The Toronto Film Festival.
Mighty Village supplied music for The BBC coverage of The Olympics and major TV advertising campaigns for John Lewis, Love Film, Young’s and for the film ‘The Wedding Video’.
Mighty Village manage Tom Baxter, The Fisherman’s Friends and Ilan Eshkeri.
Ian has been an A&R and creative consultant for Island, Sony, Arista and Decca Records. He is currently advising Universal Film and TV department Globe and EMI Publishing. He is occasionally asked to broker deals for artistes and labels and this involves the ability to tap dance, do the soft shoe shuffle, while gripping and grinning with jazz hands, usually all at the same time.
Ian loathes meetings, cars, greed, any trousers not made of denim. He loves family, song writing, guitars, Jack Russells and handshake deals. His two favourite words are ‘Mars’ and ‘Bar’ and he recommends therapy. He has amassed eighteen gold and platinum discs and would like to own twenty, but whether he does or he doesn’t he will retire when he is 55 and open a small bakery which only sells wholemeal bread, but won’t rule out the odd white slice.
In the meantime when he is not managing, consulting, selling records or trying to make films, Ian can be seen at least once a week performing some of his songs which have graced the charts and oh so many that haven’t (he can’t think why) , ‘She Can’t Recycle Michael & His Folding Bicycle’, ‘There’s A Light At The End Of the Tunnel (& It’s The Front Of The Train)’, ‘Grey Is The New Blonde’, at various Folk Clubs in the South West. These musical gems are interspersed with tall tales from the music business, life, love and the universe.
More info at www.ianwbrown.com