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Attila the Stockbroker’s Barnstormer

 

deutsch:

Inspiriert vom Geist des »Do-It-Yourself«-Ethos des Punkrock und von The Clash mit ihrem radikalen politischen Standpunkt, begann er mit seinen Auftritten 1980. 1994 gründete Attila die Band »Barnstormer«. Prominentes Gründungsmitglied war Ray Burns, alias Captain Sensible von The Damned Er stieg aber kurze Zeit später wieder aus, um seine Solokarriere zu verfolgen. Barnstormer veröffentlichten 1996 ihr Debütalbum »The Siege of Shoreham«; ihr zweites Album »Just One Life« kam im Oktober 2000 heraus und das bis dato letzte Album »Zero Tolerance« im März 2004. Sie touren durch ganz Europa. Attila ist auch seit dem Jahr 2000 der offizielle Dichter (»Poet in Residence«) des Fußballclubs Brighton & Hove Albion. Außerdem brachte er Gedichtbände heraus. Im Jahr 2000 trat er in dem deutschen Film »Doppelpack« von Matthias Lehmann auf. Attila hat soeben die Aufnahmen für ein neues Album beendet, das 2018 veröffentlicht wird. Hierbei geht er mehr in die mittelalterliche Richtung, er selbst nennt seinen Sound “Roundhead Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll” – und tourt nun mit seiner einzigartigen Band Barnstormer, um seine Musical-affine Seite nach über 37 Jahren zum ersten Mal zu präsentieren.

Die “neuen” Barnstormer sind:

M.M.McGHEE – drums
COOKIE – bass, backing vocals
JASON PEGG – guitar, backing vocals
TIM O’TAY – recorders, backing vocals
ATTILA – vocals, mandola, mandocello, violin, viola, recorders, crumhorn, cornemuse, shawm, bombard

english:

Although there’s always been an element of music in his set, 2018 is the year when spoken word performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Attila the Stockbroker prioritises his musical side for the first time after 37 years and over 3000 gigs primarily working as a poet. He’ll be touring all over the UK with his unique band Barnstormer.

A description not used lightly. They literally don’t sound like anyone else.

Barnstormer aim to do with early music & punk what the Pogues did with Irish music & punk.
Attila describes their sound as ‘Roundhead Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll’.

Attila has always loved early music and plays a lot of the instruments – crumhorn, cornemuse, shawm, bombarde and five different recorders as well as violin, viola , mandola and mandocello. A lifelong socialist and activist, he has always been fascinated by  the radical movements which exploded at the end of the English Civil War and the execution of Charles 1 – radicals who can be described as the first English socialists. And his songs are inspired both musically and lyrically by the events of that tumultuous time. So instruments and ideas fit together: they are from the same period.

The songs are mostly based around the time at the end of the war, after the King was beheaded and, in the words of a ballad of the time, the world turned upside down. Previously marginal ideas of social justice and equality spread across the land.  Barnstormer’s songs are about the Diggers, the Levellers, the Ranters and their leader Abiezer Coppe, the radical factions of the New Model Army and their confrontation with Cromwell’s grandees. There is an epic piece about the narrow escape of Charles 11 after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 in a coal boat which sailed from the end of Attila’s road in Shoreham Port near Brighton. (If he’d been caught, we’d probably be spending more money on the NHS now instead of the Royal Family!) There are some earlier references to Wat Tyler and the Peasants’ Revolt as well.

And all with an eye on what‘s happening now, which is essential. Attila has written a couple of very modern early music songs too. One’s about a visionary with a beard and the initials JC!

History is mainly presented as the story of kings, queens and nobles but real history is about us and our battles for justice. As our country becomes more and more divided along class and generational lines, and the extremes of wealth and poverty become even more sharply defined, we can learn a lot from the events of the past.

Although their politics are similar, there’s one very important difference between Barnstormer and the Roundheads though. Some Roundheads, apparently, thought drinking beer, dancing and having fun was evil. Attila and Barnstormer think it should be obligatory.

BARNSTORMER are
M.M.McGHEE – drums
COOKIE – bass, backing vocals
JASON PEGG – guitar, backing vocals
TIM O’TAY – recorders, backing vocals
ATTILA – vocals, mandola, mandocello, violin, viola, recorders, crumhorn, cornemuse, shawm, bombarde

‘The Man With The Beard’

 

Attila has written a whole new album’s worth, recording later in the year.

 

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