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Ian Prowse

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Merseyside hero Ian Prowse is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and frontman of Amsterdam and previously the frontman of indie cult band Pele.

Raised on protest songs, influenced by the Celtic sounds that make Liverpool so unique, and inspired by the songwriting craftsmanship of Paul Weller, Mike Scott, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, it was no surprise, that when the rest of Britain was swaggering along to the baggy sound of The Stone Roses at the start of the 90s, Ian put together a band that marched to their own beat.

The result was Pele, a five piece alternative rock ‘n’ pop band with an infusion of Celtic sounds, and a live show that became stuff of legend. They released two studio albums, one live album and six singles, including a No. 1 hit in South Africa.

The band split in 1996 and a few years later Ian formed Amsterdam. The band struck up a friendship with Elvis Costello, which saw them playing as his band on the Jonathan Ross Show, supporting his live shows and eventually recording a cover duet of ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ by The Searchers.

Amsterdam saw success with their first single ‘The Journey’ hitting the UK top 40, but it’s their song ‘Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?’ that cemented Ian’s place in the hearts of DJs, songwriters and music fans alike - Radio 1 DJ John Peel was reduced to tears every time he put it on, openly crying live on air because of its connection with Liverpool, the city he loved.

After releasing a best of album Does This Train Stop On Merseyside: The Very Best Of Ian Prowse and two more solo albums Who Loves Ya Baby and Companeros, Ian then spent his time remastering and re-releasing his first two classic Pele albums Fireworks and The Sport of Kings to celebrate the albums’ 25th anniversaries. Much to the joy of his many fans, he has taken these albums back on the road.

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