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Listings for October 9th, 2014

APPEARING ON Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Ian Prowse & Amsterdam + support Me and Deboe [+]

£10 Tickets


Ian Prowse releases his brand new single Lest We Forget.

 The single is released on October 19th to both commemorate and mourn the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Ypres. A battle which saw the British Army suffer losses that resulted in the decision of mass conscription for the young men of Britain.

 As with all Ian Prowse tracks it’s a song from the heart as he explains “ I wanted to release a single right in the middle of the Commemorations/Celebrations which told the truth about the First World War, and not the idea being peddled in certain circles that all those young men died for a just and worthwhile cause.”

 The single is taken from Who Loves Ya Baby, the first ever solo album by one of the UK’s finest singer/songwriters, Liverpool’s own Ian Prowse. Ian has described the song as “a real Liverpool song for a real Liverpool girl” and is about the day his baby daughter Rosalita was christened in St Nicks, the sailors’ church by the city’s Pier Head. Not exactly a religious man, Ian squared it with himself by imagining that she was being baptised in the Mersey, that and the fact that they took her straight to the Cavern afterwards for a “rock ‘n’ roll” ceremony.

 ‘I Did it For Love’ was the new single from ‘Who Loves Ya Baby’. Receiving airplay on BBC Radio 2 And BBC Radio 6 Music. Both Janice Long and Chris Hawkins instantly fell in love with the single which is an homage to the late Gil Scot Heron, the black American poet and singer who passed away in 2011. Blasting in with a killer horn riff ‘I Did it For Love’ also boasts the chorus of 2014. Vital, undeniable and straight from the heart as one of Prowse’s best ever single to date. Who Loves Ya Baby follows on from the success of The Best of Ian Prowse, a compilation of his work with the band’s Pele and Amsterdam, which was released to critical acclaim in 2012.


“Rousing, Inspirational” – Daily Mirror


“The man who gave us the classic Does this train stop on Merseyside does it again”   Elvis Costello


“An epic album, 9/10!”  (Ian McNabb)


“Passionate, engrossing, evocative” – Record Collector

Ian Prowse, often called the “Scouse Springsteen”, is best known for his work as main man with the groups, Pele (1990s) and the 7-piece group, Amsterdam (2000s). One of his most famous songs, Amsterdam’s  Does This Train Stop On Merseyside, was a huge favourite of the late DJ John Peel – he featured the song on his last ever Festive Fifty and it has been well documented that it often reduced him to tears on air. The song has gone on to be covered by many others, including Christy Moore, Miles Hunt and Ian McNabb.

Me and Deboe

Me and Deboe 2

“There are no tricks here [with] the duo’s driving riffs and sumptuous vocal harmonies effortlessly intertwined to devastating effect..” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, Fresh on the Net.ME AND DEBOE move effortlessly between powerful chords and delicate, percussive riffs to bring a stripped back and distinctly original sound to both their own music and their cover versions.

Sharply observed, frequently witty lyrics are their trademark and brought to life by Mercy’s strong, raw contralto and Sarah’s softer, blue-eyed soul.
Both solo musicians in their own right, the duo has seen their star steadily ascend from its 2011 beginnings in Northwest England.

The duos music has taken them to a range of events both on an international stage and across the UK, appearing at notable venues including North London’s iconic Proud Camden and Earl Court’s The Troubadour; The Acoustic Festival of Britain; The Liverpool Music Awards; BBC Radio Merseyside; and supporting Miles Kane.

In May, ME AND DEBOE returned from a festival in Spain and embarked on a tour of Canada and America in August 2014, performing at The American Folk Art Museum and The Rockwood in New York, and continuing on to performances in Nashville,  Memphis, with a live performance on New Orleans WWOZ Radio station.

They released their debut EP ‘ME and Deboe’ in 2013, with the single I For You Gave making BBC 6 Music Fresh On The Net: Fresh Faves selection.

Their second EP ” Here They Come”, produced by Teige Maddrell and Mastered By Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios, London, is now available online.