Open Mic Event
Contact: Leah, 0783 431 6040 or www.petersfieldwriteangle.co.uk
Write Angle Open mic PLUS Guest Performers Poetry & Music, the third Tuesday of every month.
Guests include John Hegley, Attila the Stockbroker, Richard Digance, Rachel Pantechnicon, Speech Painter, Sara Hirsch, Patience Agbabi, Susan Richardson, Mab Jones, Audi Maserati, AF Harrold, Pete the Temp, Hannah Tristram, Brendan Cleary, Jonny Fluffypunk, Jude Simpson, Paul Lyalls, Johnny Jet, Project Adorno...and more
PLUS OPEN MIC Every Month
17th November 2015 19:30
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – 'SHARP SHOOTING, SURREALIST REBEL POET & SONGWRITER' + OPEN MIC NOVEMBER'S WRITE ANGLE - NOVEMBER 17th - @ 'FOLLY UPSTAIRS'
“The way some people clean toilets, lecture at university, or drive a bus to earn their living.. well, I’m a poet…” so says the renowned and much loved Attila the Stockbroker. “All I’ve ever wanted, is to do things on my own terms, earn enough to live on, and be able to say ‘f...k off’ or ‘well done’ to anybody I want to. I publish all my own books, release all my own recordings, book all my own gigs. I don’t rely on anybody else for any aspect of what I do, and it works.”
Attila's spent the last 35 years performing his work at literary and music festivals, rock venues, arts centres, pubs, universities, schools, folk clubs and punk squats in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Euskadi, France, Scandinavia, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and a hotel basement in Stalinist Albania - 23 countries in all!
Attila's a sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger...
Inspired by the spirit and 'Do It Yourself' ethos of punk rock, and above all by The Clash and their overtly radical, political stance, he started as a punk bass player, blagging spots for his poems and songs in between bands at punk gigs, quickly getting some John Peel radio sessions, a deal with London independent record label 'Cherry Red Records' and, before very long, was on the front cover of Melody Maker...and he hasn't looked back since! His 25th anniversary was a 'sell-out' show at the Komedia Theatre in Brighton.
He's not only created his own global network, but has set up shows for other poets/songwriters/bands: he co-founded the long running 'Glastonwick Beer, Music, Poetry and More Beer Festival' and promotes various one-off events in his local pub, the Duke of Wellington in Shoreham.
He's released about 17 music/poetry albums in 5 countries, written 5 books of poems: ('Cautionary Tales for Dead Commuters', 'Scornflakes' , 'The Rat-tailed Maggot and Other Poems' , 'Goldstone Ghosts', and 'My Poetic Licence'.
This past 8th September, marked the anniversary of his first gig, and with it, the publication of his autobiography, 'Arguments Yard'. It covers 35 years, 24 countries, over 3000 gigs – his life in words. - published by Cherry Red Books, the book division of Cherry Red Records - who released Atilla's first 2 albums in the early '80s.
"Attila's sharp-shooting, savoury, spicy and gentle - despite his tough veneer.....… in one performance at Write Angle, he drove straight from Belgium with a nasty chest infection, consumed worchester sauce all during his act ('it's the only thing that helps') and in spite of how he was feeling, managed to perform a full 90 minutes of solid entertainment! There's no end to his energy just as there's no end to his repertoire."
Attila formed the band 'Barnstormer' ('94), combining punk rock and medieval music. It performs regularly across Europe. So far they've released four albums: Attila, who's had classical violin training, features on vocals, mandola, violin, crumhorn and recorders; Dan Woods on guitar; M. M. McGhee on drums; and Dave Beaken on bass - (the latter three are also members of The Fish Brothers).
Above all that he does, though - his message is a simple one: 'You don't need to be 'a celebrity' to have a wonderful life earning your living doing what you love. You just have to have a way with words, the self-confidence and organizational ability of Napoleon and a skin thicker than the armour of a Chieftain tank.
If you haven't seen him before - or even if you have - here's your chance to see this amazing and diverse performer put on a show you won't forget!
The gig is at Write Angle's new venue, The Folly Upstairs, starting 7.15 for 7.30, Entry £6; and November's raffle sponsor is The Links Tavern in Liphook, with a three course meal for two.
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