A conversation with Ian Prowse

Join us for an evening of fascinating tales and Q&A with singer, songwriter and Amsterdam frontman Ian Prowse.

With a music career stretching back to the early 90’s, Liverpool musician Ian Prowse has plenty of tales to tell…

His first band, Pele, signed to Polydor records and soon developed a loyal following with their Hammond organ-infused political pop. They were one of the most popular live bands of the time but  - despite writing and recording some great songs with the likes of ‘Raid the Palace’ and ‘Megalomania’ - they never managed to make the breakthrough to the pop stardom they richly deserved.

Loyal fans stayed with Prowse when he moved on to form Amsterdam - a group which brought Prowse’s Celtic influences to the fore. They are best known for their hit ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside’, which was much loved by the late, great John Peel. Peel was originally from  Merseyside himself and his widow later recounted how he was so moved by the track that he was unable to play it without crying.

Ian will be talking to ex-NME journalist and British Music Experience curator Kevin McManus about his music career and his work with greats like Elvis Costello and Christie Moore.

The evening will provide an opportunity to hear Ian's stories and for audience members to ask questions.  Ian will also be bringing his guitar, so you can bet he will throw in a song or two as well.

In conversation with Ian Prowse