Hello, I’m booking some dates for ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER and RORY ELLIS. They are both avaible betwen 6th and 10th June 2012. 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 in 1977 and took the name Attila the Stockbroker in 1980, blagging spots for his poems and songs in between bands at punk gigs. He quickly got a couple of 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! He celebrated the 25th anniversary of his first gig with a sell out show at the Komedia Theatre in Brighton on September 8th 2005 and in 2010 celebrates his 30th anniversary on September 8 at The Square in Harlow, where he did his very first gig, followed by a national tour… Attila has spent the last 30 years performing his work across the world at literary and music festivals, rock venues, arts centres, pubs, universities, schools, folk clubs and punk squats in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Euskadi, France, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hungary – and more improbably in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and a hotel basement in Stalinist Albania. 24 countries in all! He’s created his own global network, organises most of his own gigs and is very proud to have earned a living as a poet since 1982. He also sets up shows for other poets/songwriters/bands: he co-founded the long running Glastonwick Beer, Music, Poetry and More Beer Festival in 1996 and promotes various one-off events in his local pub, the Duke of Wellington in Shoreham. He’s released more than 20 music/poetry albums in 5 countries and 6 books of poems: ‘Cautionary Tales for Dead Commuters’ (Unwin Paperbacks, 1985), ‘Scornflakes’ (Bloodaxe, 1992), ‘The Rat-tailed Maggot and Other Poems’ (1998) ‘Goldstone Ghosts’ (September 2001), ‘My Poetic Licence’ (2008) and ‘The Long Goodbye’ (2010). . He’s written for many national and local publications including The Guardian, Time Out, NME, Sounds Magazine, The Independent…done loads of radio and TV work…but writing the words and music for his own performances and those of his band is what inspires him most. Attila loves humour (wit, wickedness, satire, subversion) and hates ‘comedy’ (bland jokes about Seventies TV, adverts for undrinkable beer, endless moronic game shows, corporate gravy train spotting). In 1994 Attila formed his first-ever band, BARNSTORMER, combining his two great musical loves – medieval music and punk! – and giving him the chance to use his classical violin training and play loads of his favourite medieval instruments (crumhorn anyone?). The band released their debut album, ‘The Siege of Shoreham’ in 1996, and gig regularly all over the place alongside Attilas’s solo shows. The second Barnstormer album, ‘Just One Life’, was released in October 2000 and the latest, ‘Zero Tolerance’ in March 2004. ‘Live in Belfast’, a solo CD of poems and songs, was released in March 2003, and ‘Live in Norway’ in 2007. For a full list of Attila’s releases go to the Discography section and for ones currently available to Merchandise. Attila also… does sporadic double act shows with the legendary Aylesbury nutter JOHN OTWAY performs BELLOCOSE, a one-hour celebration of the life and work of his mentor, the poet, satirist and historian Hilaire Belloc (as featured on Radio Four’s ‘Poetry Please’ and ‘Pick of the Week’) is currently passionately involved in the battle for a new stadium at Falmer for his beloved Brighton and Hove Albion FC, 2nd Division Champions 2001-2, Third Division Champions 2000-1 and on the way back at last! has two pet corn snakes, Napoleon and Josephine. RORY ELLIS Rory has spent many years touring locally and internationally taking inspiration from suburban street culture, some of the seedier Melbourne pubs he has worked in, not just as a performer, regular glimpses of the Melbourne underworld, people he’s loved, lost, and from his own eventful life, rich in contrast. Audiences at Rory’s numerous festival appearances and more intimate performances have been captivated by his powerful vocal command and subtle acoustic instrumentation that bring the vivid stories to life. Ellis launched his debut CD “Ride” in March 2001 to a four star review in The Age EG section by Lyall Johnson who challenged the readers « If you’re not deeply moved by this superb debut by Melbourne singer-songwriter Rory Ellis, it’s doubtful you’re human. Ellis, with his wonderfully deep, resonant voice, plumbs the depths of the human experience to come up with a sophisticated, inspiring album of predominantly earthy ballads about life on the streets » Jackey Coyle of Rhythms acclaimed ’Road Of The Braver Man’ (released in 2003) « that the quality of Rory Ellis’s voice alone the richness of the timbre, the skill of his technique – that he conveys an irresistible charisma, and that’s not even counting his song writing skills. The first few verses I heard, I was done for – instant fan ». Ellis’s particular style, that he calls « urban folk », was melded living in a boxing gym, honed playing in Melbourne pubs and polished gigging the festival circuit. He recorded this, his second solo album, over three days live in the studio with Dave Steel (guitars, accordion, percussion, mandolin and it’s celtic cousin the cittern). Jackeys enthusiasm continues « He is a master of light and shade, of knowing when not to sing in order to give full effect » I hope to hear from you very soon. Regards. Alain Some Noise asbl C/O Alain Bolle PO BOX 43 1050 Brussels 5 Belgium


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