Ian Prowse is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, 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, Ian formed 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.
The band split in 1996 and a few years later Ian formed Amsterdam which 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 Prowseand 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.
In 2019 Ian is celebrating the release of brand new album 'Here I Lie' which was made with the help of 18 musicians including Robbo & Nico from first band Pele. The album has already been highly praised by Elvis Costello, Damien Dempsey & Miles Hunt as his best yet.