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Attila The Stockbroker : The Arthouse, Southampton 17-11-2022
John Baine AKA Attila The Stockbroker has been plying his commerce as a efficiency Poet, musician and songwriter for 4 many years now and in 2022, with the Covid Lockdown behind us, he reveals no indicators of letting up both on the stay or recording fronts. A part of the unique ‘Rock In opposition to Racism’ technology and impressed as a younger pupil by Pink Saunders well-known ‘name to arms’ music press letter, Baine has continued to take his Socialist-inspired poetry to the individuals ever since and is quick approaching real Nationwide Treasure standing, says Richard Chorley. Or shouldn’t that be ‘Nationalised Treasure’?
A wintery Friday night time in downtown Southampton discovered Attila on high type within the cool, intimate setting which is town’s ‘Arthouse’ venue, positioned within the now designated central ‘Arts quarter’. The Arthouse is a terrific venue which has battled admirably towards all odds to remain open and bless Southampton with a wealthy and vital cultural power, utilising gigs and occasions that includes each nationally and domestically famend artists. It’s been going for a great few years now and the latest refurbishment has reworked the vibe from a conventional English model ‘different cafe’, (considerably of a dichotomy in that description!) to one thing extra akin with a hip, Decrease East Aspect gathering place ambiance.
The artists now carry out immediately at avenue degree, reasonably than the earlier first ground setting and its laborious to think about a venue whereby the viewers might get any nearer to the motion. This works a deal with and likewise ensures that poets with audio ranges like Attila, don’t want to make use of any microphones or amplification. Tonight he relishes within the shut proximity as he fires by renditions of his best work and we’re handled to heartfelt variations of poems touching Abervan, the Thatcher years, the rise of latest neo-Fascism as embodied in Farage and UKIP, the affect of Lockdown on romantic relationship’s (Attila’s musings devoted to his spouse on this topic are notably touching) and way more.
These are augmented with songs and an attractive style of the dub poetry embodied on his new album. It’s a superb physique of labor with Attila in full movement over a collection of very good Dub Reggae backings, constructed by the Producer Kingsley Salmon. Within the tight confines of the Arthouse, he depends on a tiny hand-held speaker that tasks damned spectacular musical accompaniment of the tracks, which lately obtained crucial acclaim from Baine’s long-term poetic compadre Benjamin Zephaniah.
Previous to the present, which is obtained with passionate enthusiasm by a choose viewers of round 40 who’re actually crammed into the viewing space, I interview Baine, who displays nice relish at being again on the street in each Britain and Europe. True to character, he pulls no punches in his evaluation of elements like Brexit and its affect on musicians, notably those that depend on the European radical circuit.
All in all, it’s a terrific night within the firm of one among Britain’s nice dwelling Poet’s who combines his ardour for Socialism with an astute sense of ‘Everyman’ model relevance
and a splendidly tuned and endearing wit. He could have been going for 40 years, however the Stockbroker is not any relic of a bygone age both. Of all the unique Punk period performers, Attila has embraced the ability of social media impressively, not merely through recitals and efficiency of his materials to hundreds of his web page members, however by staging virtually day by day elongated political debates which are a magnet for large contribution ranges from his fanbase. Tonight in becoming acknowledgement of his – and The Arthouse’s embrace of latest technological instruments – the efficiency is streamed ‘stay’ to an prolonged viewers watching at house. That’s not fairly the identical as being up this near a novel performer who has now mastered his artwork beautifully, however I’m positive all these partook, really cherished the expertise.
Viva Attila, lengthy could he rant!
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ATTILA’S LATEST ALBUM AVAILABLE HERE:
40 Years In Rhyme | Attila the Stockbroker feat. Kingsley
Salmon, What’s Left Dub & friends | Attila the Stockbroker
The Arthouse is at 178 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW
All phrases Richard Chorley. Video courtesy of Montaj Media.
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