Ian Prowse in 2010
|Birth name||Ian Prowse|
10 January 1964 |
|Genres||Pop, alternative rock, Celtic|
|Associated acts||Pele, Amsterdam|
Prowse grew up in Little Sutton and attended Sutton Comprehensive School. Having performed in school bands When in Rome and Joseph Groome Towers, Prowse formed Pele in 1990. Signed by Michael Levy, Baron Levy in March 1991 to M&G Records, the band went on to release 2 studio albums and 1 live album. The band only troubled the lower regions of the charts in the UK, with it being often remarked that Pele sold more of their famous 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. They split in 1996 due to problems with the record company.
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. They 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 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.
Prowse appeared on the 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' Number 1 Hillsborough charity single and is also a member of the Irish Sea Sessions, which is described as "Part super group, part colossal session and part festival, all in a single gig".
April 2012 saw the release of the career spanning "Does This Train Stop On Merseyside: The Very Best Of Ian Prowse". He released his first solo album "Who Loves Ya Baby?" in March 2014 initially via PledgeMusic and then IRL Records.
Prowse also graduated with a BA (Hons) History Degree in 2009 and completed a Masters degree in Irish Studies in 2010 at the University of Liverpool. His Masters thesis was entitled 'Locating the Role of Christy Moore in Irish Folk and Traditional Music'.
Song from Pele
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