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Ian Prowse - April 6th : The Hubs, Sheffield

Here I Lie is the brand new album from Ian Prowse.

Released on April 26th via Kitchen Disco Records, the Pele / Amsterdam front man also heads to Sheffield on April 6th to play the Sheffield Hallam University Hubs venue to promote the release.

Ian Prowse unIan Prowse is a singer/songrwriter 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 releleased) 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.’

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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'.

Ian cannot wait to hit the road again with his new material as he explains…

“After spending 2 years celebrating and loving playing my old Pele songs it’s very exciting to be releasing a brand new album, some old Pele band members have played on this LP and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. The shows will still include plenty of our Pele & Amsterdam classics as well as these new songs we’re very proud of.”

Recording with the extended Amsterdam band and with guest spots from Nico and Robbo from Pele, this album more than acheives 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.

2019 and tour dates are :

Fri 15th Mar : Shiiine On Mini Cruise, Hull to Amsterdam Sat 4th May : Perth Green Rooms Fri 10th May : Newcastle 02 Academy Sat 11th May : Manchester Ruby Lounge Sat 18th May : Wolverhampton Slade Rooms Fri 31st May : Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, Uttoxeter Sat 1st June : London 100 Club Sat 8th June : Leeds Brudenell

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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.

Liverpool walking tour

Ian will put his MA to good use by taking you around all the fantastic musical and historical hotspots around his beloved city of Liverpool. hear about the Slave Trade, Famine, McKenzies Soul & much more.

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