Music, Spoken Word,

Attila The Stockbroker: Local & Vocal!

Wednesday 5th June 2013 - Starts 8pm



With Special Guest DAVID ROVICS (USA)

Southwick performance poet/musician Attila has done over 2800 gigs in 24 countries in the past 33 years, but no matter where he has wandered, the Adur district, the harbour and the sea, the local pubs and the Albion have always been his home: his family roots in Southwick go back to the 18th century. Now, in tune with this year’s Adur Festival theme ‘Living Maps’, for the first time ever he has put together a set of exclusively locally based material. Find out how Southwick is like Amsterdam. Enjoy the utterly surreal parochiality of a Shoreham Herald headline. Meet Southwick’s first ever OAP rapper, T-Dance. Hear the true story of the religious conversion of Southwick’s most horrible pub and of how the simple act of collecting frogspawn made Attila the most unpopular pedestrian on the A27. Experience a romantic stroll on Worthing beach when the seaweed is ripe, and one on Southwick beach when the sewage is in full flow…

And of course, Attila will perform his most celebrated local poems. ‘Goldstone Ghosts’, the story of his life as an Albion fan and his part in the battle to save the club, now covers one of the walls in Dick’s Bar at the Amex. And ‘The Long Goodbye’, featured on Radio Four’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and ‘Pick of the Week’, and Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ is the life story of his late mother Muriel, who was at Bletchley Park during the war, played a very active role in the Southwick community for nearly 50 years and, improbably, occasionally joined her punk rock son on tour! Written for her in the last stages of her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease to help her remember her life, sales of this poem have to date raised over £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Special guest is Attila’s friend and sometime touring partner, the superb radical singer/songwriter DAVID ROVICS from Portland USA – fresh from this year’s Glastonwick Festival. “If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics.” ~ Andy Kershaw, BBC