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About Attila the Stockbroker
Sharp tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. My themes are topical, my words hard-hitting, my politics unashamedly radical, but I aim to make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger......
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Inspired by the spirit and the ‘Do It Yourself’ ethos of punk rock, and above all by The Clash and their overtly radical, political stance, I started as a punk bass player in 1977 and took the name Attila the Stockbroker in 1980, blagging spots for my poems and songs in between bands at punk gigs. I quickly got a couple of John Peel radio sessions, a deal with London independent label Cherry Red Records and before very long was on the cover of ‘Melody Maker’. I haven’t looked back since! My 30th anniversary as Attila was September 8th 2010.
I have performed my work across the world at literary and music festivals, rock venues, arts centres, pubs, universities, schools, folk clubs and punk squats in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium and the Basque Country - and more improbably in Romania, Bulgaria and a hotel basement in Stalinist Albania.
I can, and do, gig just about everywhere: I've created my own global network, and organise most of my hundred plus performances a year myself, as well as running regular spoken word/music events and the Glastonwick Beer Festival here in my native West Sussex. As well as all my solo gigs, where during my songs I accompany myself on mandola, I play violin, bass guitar and a variety of early music instruments and from time to time gig with my band, BARNSTORMER, a unique and energetic mix of punk and early music!
Myself and the band have 4 songs and live footage in a major German feature film, ‘DoppelPack’ which was released across the German cinema network on August 17 2000. My latest album with Barnstormer, 'Bankers and Looters' was released in 2012. ‘Zero Tolerance’ was released in April 2004, following on from ‘Just One Life’ (2000) and ‘The Siege of Shoreham’ (1996) and a live DVD of the band has just been released (2006). In addition to my solo DVD, ‘Live at the Heartland Café’ recorded in the US, and album ‘Live in Belfast’ I currently have two solo ‘Best Of’ CDs on release, ‘Poems Ancient and Modern (A Live Anthology 1980-1999)’ which is my definitive spoken word release to date, and ‘The Pen & The Sword’ (Selected Songs 1981-1995)’ which documents my best songs up until the formation of my band, now the main vehicle for my songwriting. My latest solo CD release is 'Live in Norway' (2007)
I am official Poet in Residence/PA/Announcer/DJ at my beloved Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and (as the leader of ‘Seagulls Ska’) got to Number 17 in the Top 40 on 9th January 2005 with a new version of the Piranhas’ ‘Tom Hark’ - part of the campaign for the Albion’s new stadium….
I have published 7 books of poems: ‘Cautionary Tales for Dead Commuters’ (Unwin, 1985) ‘Scornflakes’ (Bloodaxe, 1992) ‘The Rat Tailed Maggot’ (Roundhead, 1998) ‘Goldstone Ghosts’ (2001) 'My Poetic Licence' ( 2008) 'The Long Goodbye' (2010) and the latest, 'UK Gin Dependence Party' in December 2013.
Fri 10th Apr 20 19:00
The Steamboat Tavern
Radical-force-of-nature performance poet/musician Attila the Stockbroker celebrates 40 years in rhyme with songs and poems from four decades, at The S...
Sat 16th May 20 19:30
This gig has been cancelled.
The Fox and Newt
Sun 14th Jun 20 19:00
Delighted to present one of the UK's original ranting poets, still as fresh as the days of 'Holiday in Albania' and 'A Bang And A Wimpey' which appear...
Thu 10th Sep 20 19:30
Camden Town, Greater London
Venue Type : Pub & Music Venue
Live music hot spot since 1973, hosting local/touring bands and comedy nights within Camden Market.
Sun 13th Sep 20 14:00- 19:00
Venue Type : Pub
We’ve got great beer, good music and awesome customers! We’re always looking to expand though, so put your head through the door and see if it’s for you, if there’s something you want to see, just tell us!
Thu 8th Oct 20 19:30- 23:00
Birmingham, West Midlands
Venue Type : Music Venue
Situated in the South Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath, the Hare & Hounds has been around since 1820, but has stood in its present form since 1907. This is a major contributing factor to its current Grade II listed status, along with the beautiful and unique Art Nouveau tiles that line the entry hall and staircase.
Thu 8th Oct 20 19:30
Hare and Hounds
As part of Attila's 40th Anniversary year, he's bringing Barnstormer 1649, his early music punk band up to Birmingham for a special gig in the Hare &a...
Sun 11th Oct 20 14:30
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Venue Type : Bar