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Ian Prowse announces autumn dates


Ian Prowse unveils a brand new set of autumn dates. He plays the following shows later this year :

20th Sep : Bristol Thunderbolt 21st Sep : Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms 17th Oct : Chester Telfords 19th Oct : Nottingham Bodega 1st Nov : Sheffield Greystones 30th Nov : Glasgow The Admiral 14th Dec : Liverpool 02 Academy 15pc band show


The Ballad of North John Street is the current single from Ian Prowse and was given its first play on Janice Long’s show and is out via Kitchen Disco Records. You can see the video below


Ian Prowse’s brand new album Here I Lie is out now via Kitchen Disco Records. The album is already attracting high praise with the like of Elvis Costello saying “It goes without the saying that he will make a beautiful carriage of the music he loves” . The Skinny Magazine said this week “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.” Rock n Reel Magazine served up a 5 star review and said “…captures Prowse at his cinematic, all-inclusive best”

“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.


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.

During this time, the band struck up a friendship with Elvis Costello who used them as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show[5] as well as support act on several occasions. Prowse also performed a duet with Costello for EMI Records with a cover of The Searchers' 1964 hit "Don't Throw Your Love Away" for the Liverpool Number Ones Project in 2008. He also picked up a musical icon award on Costello's behalf at Liverpool's Titanic Hotel in November 2014.

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