Part of a local trade union event celebrating local radical history.
Attila will do a set of his fiery radical performance poetry and then take to the stage with his band, Barnstormer 1649, presenting their new album ‘Restoration Tragedy’.
It mixes early music and punk in 58 minutes of songs and instrumentals set around the aftermath of the English Revolution of 1649, when Charles 1st was beheaded, the country became a republic, the ‘world turned upside down’ and unprecedented radical ideas spread across the land.
Crumhorn, cornamuse, bombarde, shawm, rauschpfeife, 5 different recorders, violin, viola, mandola, mandocello, guitar, bass, drums, voices and words. Music for Levellers, Diggers and Ranters!
But the songs are (worryingly) relevant today….
1649, meet 2018.
A divided country unsure of its future. A pompous demagogue with a ludicrously over inflated sense of entitlement who has just had his head chopped off .
Charles 1st, meet Boris Johnson, and/or William Rees Mogg. (There’s always hope!)
And standing up to the rich and powerful against overwhelming odds, a Digger. A radical leader with a genuine vision of social equality and a passion for growing vegetables.
Gerrard Winstanley, meet Jeremy Corbyn.
Of course, ‘Restoration Tragedy’ is old school, available on CD and double vinyl LP but NOT on digital download (they didn’t have that in 1649). Copies will be on sale at the gig.
Here’s an excellent piece about it in ‘Louder Than War’, the influential punk webzine