The Merseyside songwriter and frontman from Amsterdam and Pele is a cult figure with music fans with hits such as the John Peel favourite ‘Does This Train Stop on Merseyside’ and the mighty singalong ‘Fireworks’ track. His current album ‘Here I Lie’ was released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year.
2020 ELVIS COSTELLO TOUR
Thursday 28th February : Liverpool Olympia
Sunday 1st March : Southampton Mayflower
Monday 2nd March Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 3rd March : Sunderland Empire
Thursday 5th March : Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Saturday 7th March : Sheffield City Hall
Monday 9th March : Blackpool Opera House
Tuesday 11 March : Edinburgh Usher Hall
Thursday 12th March : Manchester Palace Theatre
Friday 13th March : London Eventim Apollo
Sunday 15th March : Oxford New Theatre
Monday 16th March : Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
Wednesday 18th March: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets available via : https://amsterdam-music.com/live/
Here I Lie album…
Since being released in April 2019 on Kitchen Disco Records, ‘Here I Lie’ has racked up an impressive array of plaudits from fellow songwriters like Elvis Costello, Baz Warne from The Stranglers, Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff and Damien Dempsey. It has also amassed top reviews from the Daily Mirror, The Skinny, R2 and Louder Than War.
“Here I Lie is a fantastic listen. The songs are magnificently melodic…an album brimful of wide open songs about freedom, hope and optimism for the future.” SKINNY MAGAZINE
“I always come to an Ian Prowse record prepared to learn. It goes without the saying that he will make a beautiful carriage of the music he loves; rock and roll, folk airs and the lessons learned from the Bards of Asbury Park but Ian doesn’t just sing of the here and now but also reaches back into the past for a passionate tale to tell or to sing of a street we may no longer recognize or an injustice that might tell us something about today. This truth is probably the best thing about ‘Here I Lie’ “. ELVIS COSTELLO
Ian Prowse is a singer/songwriter who wears his heart on his sleeve and writes straight from the cuff. ‘Here I Lie’ is a new album of songs that tackle life, love, loss, death and Liverpool.
Ian says ‘We’ve spent the last couple of years taking my first two (re-released) Pele albums all over Europe to celebrate their 25th anniversaries. We only wanted to make a new album if the songs not only stood shoulder to shoulder with our history but was better than we’d ever done before.’
Merseyside hero Prowse formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam. Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with ‘Megalomania’.
Recording with the extended Amsterdam band and with guest spots from Nico and Robbo from Pele, this album more than achieves its goals. ‘The passing of time is a prevalent theme on this album, I’ve never gone away, I’ve just kept growing. These songs reflect the stages of my career, some of them wouldn’t sound out of place on a Pele Album, others definitely have a flavour of Amsterdam. The rest? Well that’s me moving forward, word by word, minute by minute.’ Tight words, beautiful arrangements and a Celtic influence that is synonymous with the unique sound of Liverpool, this is a beautiful piece of work that will more than stand the test of time.
Prowse formed Pele in Liverpool in 1989 along with Dally (drums), Robbo (Hammond), Nico (violin) & Jim McCallister (bass). Signed by Michael Levy, Baron Levy in March 1991 to M&G Records/Polydor, the band went on to release 2 studio albums (Fireworks & The Sport Of Kings), 1 live album and 6 singles. Pele’s singles never reached the Top 40 in the UK, with it being often remarked that Pele sold more of their famous primary colour T-shirts than they did records, however they scored a number one single in South Africa with “Megalomania” and other hits in Holland, Portugal and Belgium. After 9 tours of the UK, including UK tours with Del Amitri & The Pogues, they split in 1996 due to problems with the record company whose efforts to make Prowse record as a solo artist were resisted by the singer. Prowse celebrated the 25th anniversary of first album ‘Fireworks’ with a UK tour in the Spring of 2017 with a 25th anniversary of The Sport of Kings tour announced for 2018.
Prowse went on to form Amsterdam in 1999 with former Blow Monkeys drummer Tony Kiley and cousin Johnny Barlow. It wasn’t until September 2004 that the band managed to secure a record deal in the form of London based Beat Crazy. They released one album The Journey in February 2005 and three singles, “The Journey” (which hit number 32 in the UK top 40) and “Does This Train Stop on Merseyside” also hit the lower reaches of the charts. The partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in 2006. The band then signed to The Stranglers management company and released their next album Arm in Arm on CIA Recordings in 2008.
“Does This Train Stop on Merseyside” regularly elicited an emotional response from Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel’s widow Sheila Ravenscroft went on the station after the DJ’s death and confirmed that ‘He was not capable of playing it without crying’. The song itself got a further lease of life in 2009 as one of the centre pieces of Irish legend Christy Moore’s album Listen, which spent 5 weeks at the top spot in his home country.