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Legendary Ranting poet, Attila the Stockbroker, will be headlining a fundraising gig for refugees, as part of his ‘Arguments Yard’ tour, in Newport, South Wales in June. ALL the proceeds from the door will go on most needed items for refugees in Calais. A local campaigner said, “We’ll pick up toiletries and food and drive them over to the Help Refugees warehouse, and help out for a few days while we are there”
The gig takes place Friday, June 17 8.00pm at Le Pub 1 Caxton Place, NP20 4BN Newport. Support acts include Des Mannay, Tracey Curtis and Andy Blade; former frontman in Punk band “Eater”. Tickets £7 available at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/360766
Attila the Stockbroker –
Launched into public consciousness by the legendary Radio One DJ John Peel in the early 1980s, performance poet, musician, journalist and political activist Attila the Stockbroker has spent 35 years touring the world. He’s performed over 3000 gigs in 24 countries, releasing 40 albums/CDs and seven books of poetry along the way, and last September his autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’ was published by Cherry Red Books. This show takes it to the stage. A mixture of poems, songs and passages from the book. A life in words. Words to make you laugh, cry and seethe with anger, all in one evening.
This is a book, and a show, which is social history and personal story combined: a cultural activist’s eyewitness journey through the great political battles and movements of recent times. Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League/Anti-Fascist Action, Miners’ Strike, Wapping dispute, Red Wedge, Poll Tax, campaigns against two Gulf Wars: Attila has been there, done the benefit and worn the T-shirt.
As well as the obvious places – UK and mainland Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA – Attila toured East Germany four times before the Wall came gown, was invited to play in North Korea and did the first ever illegal punk gig in Stalinist Albania. You’ll hear about it.
But the politics are just a part of the story. Fittingly for someone who describes himself as a ‘social surrealist’, Attila will make you roar with laughter. He once stood in for Donny Osmond at a gig. Having got an encore as the support act, he was thrown out of a London show by the bouncers on the orders of John Cale, one of his all time musical heroes. His support acts? They’ve included Manic Street Preachers, Julian Clary, New Model Army and Billy Bragg.
Attila has done every Glastonbury Festival since 1983 and organises his own beer/music extravaganza. Glastonwick, in his native West Sussex. He was at the heart of a 15 year campaign to save his beloved Brighton & Hove Albion FC from oblivion. And he tells of a happy childhood ripped apart by his father’s death, his reconciliation with his stepfather after 37 years and how he and his wife nursed his mother through a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
As already said: laugh, cry and get very, very angry.
Des Mannay –
“Focused on hard-hitting social issues… poems which made a statement”’ (Sabotage Reviews). Newport poet Des Mannay is the winner of the ‘rethinkyourmind’ poetry competition (2015). Placed 2nd in the Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2015). ‘Gold Award’ winner in the Creative Futures Literary Awards (2015), and shortlisted for the erbacce-prize for poetry (2015, and 2016) and Welsh Poetry Competition (2015).
Des has poems published in ‘I Am Not A Silent Poet’ online journal, ‘The Angry Manifesto’, ‘Proletarian Poetry’, ‘Yellow Chair Review’, ‘Indiana Voice Journal’, and ‘Stand Up And Spit’. He has work forthcoming in ‘Red Poets’ and work in a number of poetry anthologies. Des is on facebook as “The stuff wot I wrote’ Des Mannay – hooligan Poet” https://www.facebook.com/The-stuff-wot-I-wrote-Des-Mannay-hooligan-Poet-576397895839781/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and Twitter as @hooliganpoet
Online links –
There is a video of his performance at the Creative Future Literary Awards here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIlVEc1x-ZU&feature=youtu.be
His “Rethinkyourmind” winning poem is available as a music video here https://rethinkyourmind.co.uk/refuge/
There is a recent interview with him online here – http://headstandradio.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/podcast-des-mannay.html
Published poetry online here –
‘Stand Up And Spit’ – https://standupandspit.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/des-mannay/
Indiana Voice Journal ‘POETRY, PASSION AND SONG- THE MUSIC ISSUE!’ –
‘I Am Not A Silent Poet’ online poetry magazine https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/tag/des-mannay/ ,
‘Proletarian Poetry’ http://proletarianpoetry.com/2015/09/21/and-the-dead-shall-rise-by-des-mannay/
Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition Free Download Anthology is available here- http://www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/literature/dac-poetry-competition-ibook/
Tracey Curtis –
Having previously been a part of pop punk band Shelley’s Children, Tracey’s solo career was launched almost by accident when she was encouraged by her children to write a protest song against a planned by-pass that would ruin their local riverside dens and rope swings.
She went in to the studio to record ‘Nowhere Left to Play’, planning to send it out to local radio and TV stations. With that song recorded in three minutes and a whole hours studio time booked, she just carried on playing, and recorded all the other songs she had written at the time. This became ‘The By-pass Demo’.
Robb Johnson heard the demo and within a few months ‘If the Moon Could Talk’ was recorded for UNLABELLED, a co-operative off-shoot of Robb’s IRREGULAR RECORDS.
If the Moon Could Talk, UNLaBEL006
Since then Tracey has been taking her music to folk festivals, punk festivals, veggie cafes, folk clubs, theatres, pubs, clubs, prisons and Oxfam shop, including tours with Chumbawamba, Attila the Stockbroker and American political singer/songwriter David Rovics.
Her second CD ‘Picture Postcards’ was released on 27th November 2006.
Picture Postcards, IRR065
Her third album, released in 21 March 2011, is a compilation of songs from her first two albums re-recorded and produced by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley and Neil Ferguson and is available exclusively on iTunes.
Her latest album, ‘Thoughts in the Dark’ was released at the start of 2013.
Andy Blade (ex Eater) –
Eater were an early British punk band from London who took their name from a Marc Bolan lyric. In 2001, the band’s second single, “Thinking of the USA” (originally released in June 1977), was included in a leading British music magazine’s list of the best punk-rock singles of all time. In 1999, the track also appeared on the five-CD box set 1-2-3-4: A History of Punk & New Wave (MCA Records/Universal Music Group).
The band was formed in 1976 by four high school friends: Anglo-Egyptian singer and guitarist Andy Blade (real name: Ashruf Radwan). guitarist Brian Chevette (real name: Brian Haddock), drummer Dee Generate (real name: Roger Bullen) and bassist Ian Woodcock. Eater were known for being one of the youngest bands, if not the youngest band, in the punk scene. They were 14–17 years old when they formed the band. The band made its first public performance in Manchester, featuring Buzzcocks as their support act.
They became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of the now-legendary Roxy Club. They topped the bill twice in January 1977; the second time they were supported by The Damned. They headlined again in February, this time supported by Johnny Moped, and twice more in March, supported first by The Lurkers and then by Sham 69.
Blade published a book about his times with Eater and beyond, called The Secret Life of a Teenage Punk Rocker, in 2005. Eater reformed to play the 1996 Holidays in the Sun Festival in Blackpool. They also reformed briefly in 2006, playing a one-off gig at the 100 Club, supported by TV Smith of The Adverts. They also supported the Buzzcocks on the 30th anniversary of their original tour, at the Forum.
“Outside View” / “You” (March 1977: The Label, TRL 001)
“Thinkin’ of the USA” / “Space Dreamin’” / “Michael’s Monetary System”‘ (June 1977: The Label, TLR 003)
“Lock It Up” / “Jeepster” (October 1977: The Label, TRL 004) Also released as a 12″ single (TRL 004/12)
Get Your Yo-Yo’s Out E.P. (“Debutantes Ball” / “No More” / “Thinkin’ of the USA” / “Holland”) (September 1978: The Label, TRL 007)
“What She Wants She Needs” / “Reaching for the Sky”‘ (November 1978: The Label, TRL 009)
The Album (November 1977: The Label, LP 001)
The History of Eater (February 1985)
The Complete Eater (April 1993)
All of Eater (May 1998)