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Listings for April 7th, 2016

APPEARING ON Thursday, April 7th, 2016


£10 Tickets


Ian Prowse - Promo Shots 09.06.15 (Low Res)-36

  Merseyside hero Ian Prowse has formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam. Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Six singles troubled the lower ends of the UK charts but abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with ‘Megalomania’. Pele were a noted live act completing nine tours of the U.K.

  Ian then formed Amsterdam and their first single for Beat Crazy Records ‘The Journey’ was a UK top 40 single in February 2005. Follow up single ‘Does this train stop on Merseyside’ also hit the UK Charts.

 The song 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 as one of the centre pieces of Irish legend Christy Moore’s latest album which spent 5 weeks at the top spot in his home country.

  Ian also has a long standing friendship with Elvis Costello who used Amsterdam[3] as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show as well as opening act on several occasions. The relationship was blessed on record when Prowse performed a duet with Costello on a cover of The Searchers 1964 hit ‘Don’t throw your love away’ for the Liverpool Number Ones Project on EMI Records in 2008.

  The last Amsterdam album ‘Arm in Arm’ ended up being voted 14th best ever album out of Liverpool by the local press, which when you consider the Beatles released 10 is some feat! Lead off single ‘Home’ was played on 21 consecutive days by Radio 2’s Janice Long. Janice is a huge fan of the band having had them in no less than 4 times for live sessions.

   2012 saw Ian release ‘Does this train stop on Merseyside: The Very Best of Ian Prowse’ to across the board rave review and

 2014 saw Ian release his very first solo album ‘WHO LOVES YA BABY’ with 2nd solo album ‘Companeros’ hot on it’s heels in 2015.

Companeros has garnered Ian the best reviews of his 25 year career.

With Support from Nish Goyal

Nish Goyal is a punk/folk/indie singer-songwriter from Chester. Although his first instrument was piano he primarily plays guitar and bass now as well as singing. Nish graduated in Law and worked In the City briefly as a legal advisor before moving to Frankfurt to take up a stockbroking job. He released a studio album called ‘A Little Validation” in early 2011 and a project called ‘The Hedonist EP’ which (as the name suggests!) celebrates his own hedonistic side, soon after.

As described by reviewer ‘My Random Jukebox’…”My favourite element of his music is his ability with words, this guy is a crazy wordsmith. He has this talent to use his own life experience to mould the lyrics to tell some great and at times humorous stories. I think this is what helps to give his music such an honest and likable feel.”

Nish has recorded and released an 8 track EP called ‘the Rage EP’ which was released on 29th January 2015. His first single ‘Get Started’ was released in July followed by ‘Save the Day’ in September. He has recently signed a one album deal with a small indie label in Portsmouth called Coffee Jingle Records and is hoping to release the new album in early 2016.

He is to be found gigging regularly in Liverpool at places like the Jacaranda, the Cavern and Bier as well as open mic nights in Manchester and London. He has gigged further afield in the UK in 2015 kicking of the summer with his first ever music festival appearance at 2000 trees festival in Gloucestershire followed by his first ever tour of England. The autumn was spent doing his first ever tour of the USA where he played 11 shows in 8 states including New York City. He is usually to be found backpacking around the world with his guitar and has been on FM and Internet radio on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nish will be releasing the first single from his upcoming album in March and will be working with the acclaimed Blue Soap Music to organise a worldwide PR campaign as well as touring Britain, Europe and the USA through the year. He is usually to be found backpacking around the world with his guitar and has been on FM and Internet radio on both sides of the Atlantic.