JIM BOB (Carter USM) + Chris TT ***SOLD OUT***

Two years after the final ever Carter USM shows, and a few more since his last solo tour, Jim Bob is back. The now acclaimed novelist is putting down his pen and getting out the house. These solo performances will see Jim Bob play songs from his whole repertoire including a cavalcade of Carter USM hits and fan favourites. Expect sing-a-longs and life affirming nights aplenty. Supporting Jim Bob is collaborator, friend and all round genius Chris T-T. Expect material from his latest album ‘9 Green Songs’.

Jim Bob was born to two parents Frank and Jenny. Jenny was a singer, long distance swimmer and speed skater, while Frank was a theatre stage manager and carpenter. So, as show business, showing off and to a lesser extent – carpentry – was in the blood, Jim set out on the yellow brick road to fame and fortune.

Following years of pop struggle Jim would release his first records with the band Jamie Wednesday, whose horn section Jim would work with again fumfty years later as a solo artist (when Jim was reading a book about learning to play the recorder and discovered it was written by Jamie Wednesday sax player Simon).

After Jamie Wednesday Jim Bob formed Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine with guitarist Fruitbat. Together as Carter they would have 14 top 40 singles and four top ten albums (including a number one), selling over a million records and touring the world. With Carter, Jim Bob would become known for his socially aware pop lyrics and in particular his use of puns.

Carter split in 1997 but reformed ten years later for two massive sell out, life affirming gigs that would lead to more sell out Carter shows in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 they headlined the Beautiful Days festival in Devon and three more Carter gigs followed in 2012: Glasgow, Leeds & London. Finally in 2014, the last Carter shows were announced: A headline slot at the Bearded Theory Festival, a BBC 6music live performance from Maida Vale and two last hurrahs in London. The 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy gig sold out in minutes.

Outside of Carter Jim Bob has had a long and varied solo career. He has released eight albums – solo and with his discopoppunk band Jim’s Super Stereoworld.

Jim’s autobiography ‘Goodnight Jim Bob – On The Road With Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’ was published by Cherry Red Books in 2004 to critical acclaim. Jim has written songs for Ian Dury and for the 2006 Barbican production of Mark Ravenhill’s Dick Whittington & His Cat, directed by Edward Hall and starring Trigger from Only Fools and Horses. In August 2010 he made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in the Ward and White musical ‘Gutted, A Revenger’s Musical’.

His seventh solo album ‘A Humpty Dumpty Thing’ came with a mini novel ‘Word Count’, which Jim adapted as a screenplay for a Hollywood production company. His eighth solo album ‘What I Think About When I Think About You’ was recorded with 26-piece The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra.

Jim Bob has written four novels; ‘Storage Stories’ (Ten Forty Books), ‘Driving Jarvis Ham’(Harper Collins), the award winning best seller ‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ (Pan Macmillan) and its follow up 'Frank Derrick's Holiday Of A Lifetime' (Pan Macmillan), published under the name J.B. Morrison and translated into French, Italian, German and Dutch.

CHRIS TT:Winchester songwriter Chris T-T has been nonchalantly putting the world to rights and breaking hearts since 1998. He is equally at home riling the establishment with records like 9 Red Songs, exploring our capital city with his London album trilogy, or getting all lovelorn and sad on 2010's Love Is Not Rescue. Joining the Xtra Mile roster in 2007, thanks to labelmate and fellow Hampshire songwriter Frank Turner,  Chris has continued to tour constantly; solo with a guitar, play music halls at a piano, or partner with Brighton-based rock band The Hoodrats. Ten years after the release of 9 Red Songs, and on his tenth album, 9 Green Songs sees Chris' current worldview, frustrated, sardonic, but still affected and warm. Leaping from rock and sarcastic piano ballads, to drum-driven acapella, its his most diverse and powerful album yet. Whatever guise he's in, Chris' humour, left-leaning polemics and sensitivity can be heard through both his words and unaffected voice. A Twitter champion and a modest but exceptional songwriting talent, he is truly a significant voice of modern Britain.

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: ***SOLD OUT***

AMY RIGBY with Wreckless Eric

When she was she was thirty-seven, the age most people think it’s about time to grow up and settle down, Amy Rigby did the opposite and released her first solo record Diary Of A Mod Housewife. Diary was a concept album inspired by years of juggling artistic dreams, day jobs and relationships with the added challenge of motherhood. It was an early midlife battle cry complete with manifesto that ended “not…ready…to give in…yet.”

Diary Of A Mod Housewife combined real life lyrics and transcendent melodies with a passionate music fan’s collection of pop, rock and country influences. It was a critical smash and commercial success; voted #8 album in the 1996 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll and landed Rigby on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, noncommercial and college radio and in every major magazine and newspaper in the US. This November, twenty years after its original release, Diary Of A Mod Housewife will be available on vinyl for the first time, and Amy is touring the US and UK to revisit the classics and play new songs from her upcoming solo album due out next year.

Amy grew up listening to AM and FM radio in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and moved to New York City in 1976 to attend Parsons School Of Design. She saw all the bands at CBGB and Max’s, followed the Pop Group and Raincoats to London, and helped start late 70s downtown nightspot Tier 3 with a group of friends. She formed no wave band Stare Kits with Angela Jaeger (Pigbag) and began writing songs, singing harmony and playing guitar in country band Last Roundup with her brother Michael McMahon, putting out one album on Rounder in 1987. Amy’s next band The Shams, post-modern girl group beloved by Richard Hell and Robert Quine, released one album (produced by Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye) on pioneering indie label Matador in 1991 and an EP in 1993. The Shams toured the US, opening for both the Indigo Girls and Urge Overkill (possibly the only group on earth who can make that claim). Amy began playing solo shows and sending out cassettes of an early version of Diary. She worked with producer/guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars to complete what dean of rock writers Robert Christgau called 1996’s “concept album of the year”.

Since then, she’s appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, Whad’Ya Know, BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley Show and PBS’s Speaking Freely. Amy has been a panelist and performer at CMJ, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Lilith Fair, Rockrgrl, Folk Alliance and Southern Festival Of Books conferences, and had her portrait drawn for the New Yorker. She was a staff songwriter for Welk Music in Nashville and has had songs covered by They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh, Ronnie Spector, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Laura Cantrell.

Over the past two decades, she’s has toured North America, the UK and Europe and released several more solo albums. She’s also made three albums with her husband, British pop legend Wreckless Eric, who she met while performing his classic 1977 single “Whole Wide World” and reconnected with at a Yo La Tengo Hanukah show years later. Amy’s record "Dancing With Joey Ramone" is a staple of Little Steven’s Underground Garage show on Sirius XM and kitchen sink anthem "Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?" is played in cafes and bars around the world by real life mod housewives and husbands.

"Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing, she is up there with the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.  New York Times

"...an instant classic." UNCUT

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £9 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

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Not So Silent Night! THE DEAD ROMANTICS + Revello Drive + Foxhol + DJ Jon Wisbey (BCFM)

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT!

THE DEAD ROMANTICS: 
Bristol's The Dead Romantics return with their loud energetic anthems  with killer hooks that get stuck in your head. There recent EP made them a lot of friends!

 "Crashing drumming sounds, wild guitar riffs and insane killer solos, their sound was incredible and similar to likes of Jimmy Eat World and Alkaline Trio.            THE FLUX PRESENTS

https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadRomantics/

REVELLO DRIVE: Fast rising Bristol based post-grunge to heavy rock, with influences from Alterbridge through to Foo Fighters. Expect great tunes mixed with energetic and passionate live show!

Www.Facebook.com/revellodriveband

FOXHOL: Two-piece alt-punk band formed in Bristol.

"Noisey, scrappy and in your face, the duo make more noise than most bands with their simple set-up, honed in a cupboard in their house." - Bristol Live Magazine

https://www.facebook.com/foxholband/

DJ JON WISBEY (BCFM & Rock Radio) The Sunday Rockshow is the longest running program on Bristol’s BCFM, having had a continuous run since the station launched in 2006. 
Jons interview highlights include chats with the likes of Kip Winger, Steve Hackett, Soilwork, Vista Chino, OPM, The Devil Wears Prada and Wishbone Ash; however his proudest moment remains an exclusive natter with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. The show has built up a solid international listenership . He is still a working musician and currently plays with space rockers Alien Stash Tin.

https://www.facebook.com/BCFMSundayrockshow

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

 

SNATCH 22

Back less by popular demand and more by a conceited want for attention brought on by their acute social inadequacies, Bristol's drunkest band return to the stage after yet another year away so, break out the sloe gin, deck the halls and allow your kids to sit on the knee of a strange man in a bad disguise because it's Christmas and....................
The Snatch Are Back!!

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

KPASSA

KPASSA: Simon Edwards (ex. Boothill Foottappers) legendary accordian-led folk rock band. Local recognition led to their appearance on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival and 5 great and highly acclaimed albums. Their blend of Folk, Cajun, and Rock wins a grassroots response to their fiery performances, and has garnered this UK-based folk/roots rock band a huge audience following across Europe and the UK.

Recently reformed and rejoined by Rob Allen top lead guitarist, Edward’s voice, songs and accordion playing are still the foundation for K-Passa’s position as a favourite live folk-based act in Bristol, England.

https://www.facebook.com/KPassaband/

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

Death or Glory Presents The Clash Tribute ****LONDON CALLING**** ...JOE STRUMMER REMEMBRANCE NIGHT...

THE EMPERIALS

The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows.
 

With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals.

With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more.
 

http://www.theemperials.co.uk/

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

XMAS EVE SPECIAL: THE DISORDERLIES + Everything Else + The Fumes + DJ CHRIS " Mass-Eve" Badley...Doors open 4-8pm

The Thunderbolt welcomes to our special Xmas Eve event on                    Sat Dec 24th between from 4-8pm.

THE DISORDERLIES: David (The Thunderbolt owner & Ex Fear Of Darkness/Wishing Storm & Rockistas Frontman) has come out of retirement to play a one off Xmas special with his new band. The band consists of Jake Ainsley (Ex Dragonflies), Simon Shaw from ex Liverpool hitmakers The Miracle Workers and Andy " Brightee" Bright Ex Detritus/The Victory/The Rockistas. They will be playing souped up favorite classics from The Monkees to the The Clash as well some cracking Xmas songs!

EVERYTHING ELSE: Totterdown punk popsters who mix their own tunes with some of their Xmas faves!

THE FUMES: Knowle indie Garage band..mashing their own and xmas tunes. Simply ace!

DJ CHRIS "Mass-Eve Badley: The best DJ around! Chris will playing on the well known Xmas Classics as well as some more obscure xmas tunes!

HOT NUTS: MULLED WINE & CIDER: Sophie will be doing her usual mix of xmas drinks and snacks!

FREE ENTRY 4-8pm

NEW YEARS EVE: The 45`s

Just like the vinyl format they're named after, this band's sound packs one hell of a punch. The 45`s are a world class power pop trio who mix  the best in motown, soul, rock and blues with an edge. Playing from a repertoire including the likes of Elvis, Otis Redding and James Brown. The 45`s play all over Europe these days so we cant wait for this show. Guaranteed to get a party going and get the crowd on their feet and pack the dancefloor! Dont Miss!


"45's - A covers act for people who don't like covers acts." Peter De Meteor

"Legendary well dressed men perform killer covers of classic soul and rock'n'roll cuts." Sean Cook


 

 

Doors Open: 8pm  Admission:£12 on the Door

Tickets: £10Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk    

 

Thundervalley Presents; SOMBRERO SOCIETY + The Meantime + Skin + Runaway +Toby & Oona

THE BEST OF CHEW VALLEY MUSIC SCENE TAKES OVER FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THE SOMBRERO SOCIETY: Young RocknRoll upstarts! Heavy riffs, metal ambitions, and pop versions of classic-rock history. Recently released EP drew some plaudits and highlighted their improving songcraft chops! Ranging from ballads to hard-rock, and aim to someday help save the current music scene and bring rock music back into the daylight!

www.facebook.com/TheSombreroSociety

Support from Chew Valleys own: The Meantime (https://www.facebook.com/TheMeantimeBand/)

Support from grunge band: Skin (https://soundcloud.com/skintheband/lucid

Support from the smallest little pop stars around: Runaway

7.30pm: Acoustic support from: Toby (of the sombrero society) and Oona

BBQ 7-8.30pm

***FREE ENTRY**

Death or Glory Presents; CONTROL

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JERRY DAMMERS (The Specials)

We are delighted  to welcome Jerry Dammers back to the bolt for a DJ set !

Founder of The Specials and 2 Tone Records, Dammers was hugely influential in the 70s and 80s ska revival, achieving seven consecutive UK top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, including number ones “Ghost Town” and “Too Much Too Young”. An anti-apartheid campaigner, Dammers wrote the song “Free Nelson Mandela”, and went on to receive a South African national honour in April 2014 for his role in the movement. Regularly taking his legendary record collection on the road and DJing around the country, Dammers is currently heading up The Spatial AKA Orchestra, playing his own compositions as well as tributes to Sun Ra and other experimental jazz artists.

DJ ROY STRONG: Support comes from Space Invader Radio's Roy Strong, a regular at Big Chill, Cosies to name but two who will be armed with a killer selection of reggae, ska, soul, funk and modern dancefloor beats and breaks.

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

JOHN HEGLEY + Diego Brown and The Good Fairy

Poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasses-wearer. John Hegley captivates audiences with travel tales and amusing anecdotes, blurring the line between profound description and fine comedy. A consistent favourite at the Edinburgh Festival and with over half a dozen bestselling books under his belt, he is not to be missed.

'Awesomely mundane... Comedy's Poet Laureate' (The Independent)

'Scandalously talented' (Sunday Times)

'Bl**ding marvellous' (NME)

'Marvellous, joyful fun' (The Daily Telegraph)

'An incurable entertainer' (The Guardian).

www.johnhegley.co.uk

DIEGO BROWN AND THE GOOD FAIRY: We are part low-fat milk. Our musical education started at the age of about 7 at the knee of a second cousin who later changed the course of Anglo-Latin American relations. And we never looked back.

Some say we’re like the Carpenters on a lost weekend in Twin Peaks. Someone once said we’re the most surreal musical experience since the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.One writer said we were the talk of the chip van queue at Sidmouth international festival.

We tend to think of performance as a two-way thing. We have high expectations of our audience. And they usually come up trumps. If it doesn’t have a story we think it’s unlikely to make a song. And if it’s not a song, what’s the story?

If you want the facts, try these: guitar, banjo, ukelele, drum, accordion, fiddles, swannee, kazoos, cymbal, shakers, drawings, cake, prizes, fuzzboxes.

Tickets: £8 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

JOHN E VISTIC SOUND SYSTEM

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JOHN E VISTIC SOUND SYSTEM: Bristol's mighty fronted dirty blues rockers are an explosive three known for their raucous rock and roll and unrelenting live performance. The band have played shows and Festivals across Europe, such as Glastonbury, Shambala and Secret Garden Festival. 

https://www.facebook.com/johnevisticrocknrollsoundsystem/

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

THE QUARRYMEN - The Band that became the Beatles...TO BE CONFIRMED!

John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen – the band who were on stage with John Lennon on Saturday July 6th, 1957 (the day John met Paul McCartney) – got back together in 1997 to celebrate the most momentous meeting in pop music history. They enjoyed themselves so much at that reunion and interest from fans was so great that they decided to re-form the group forty years on!

The current Quarrymen lineup includes three of those five original musicians, – Len Garry, former tea-chest bass player, now playing guitar and replacing Lennon as lead singer, – Rod Davis, from Quarry Bank School, at first the banjo player but now on guitar and Colin Hanton on drums, who played with John, Paul, George on the famous 1958 Percy Phillips recording session which produced “In Spite of All the Danger” and “That’ll Be the Day” which was featured on the Beatles’ “Anthology, Volume 1” CD set. On piano is John Duff Lowe who was invited by Paul McCartney to join the group in 1958 and who also played on the Percy Phillips session.

The other members of the original group were John’s lifelong friend, washboard player Pete Shotton, who retired in Dec 2000 for health reasons, and guitarist Eric Griffiths who sadly died in January 2005, but not before thoroughly enjoying several tours with the newly reborn “Pre-Fab Five” – as the New York Post referred to them in 1998 after their gig at the legendary “Bottom Line” in Greenwich Village.

Anyone knowing their Beatles’ history is aware that The Quarrymen eventually evolved into the Beatles. It is precisely their stories of the group’s origins and of course the Skiffle and early Rock music that the Quarrymen perform, that draw to their shows not only Beatles’ fans, but all those who enjoy the history of the music and of the fifties.

The Quarrymen play the music which influenced the birth of the Beatles, the Skiffle and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the mid fifties – “Rock Island Line”, “Mean Woman Blues”, “Midnight Special”, “Twenty Flight Rock”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, and many more, played in the style of the hundreds of similar groups who were laying the foundations of British Rock Music. Of course the difference with the Quarrymen was that it was fronted by one very special man, John Lennon, who gathered together his best mates way back then to embark on the most famous journey in music history.

As well as their music, the Quarrymen share their Liverpool sense of humour in the stories and anecdotes with which they pepper their performance, giving Beatles fans a unique insight into the origins of their favourite group and the city in which they grew up.

Since 1997 the Quarrymen have played all over Europe, in Canada, Japan, Cuba, and Russia, and have visited the USA many times, performing in New York, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas and across the country. They have appeared on stage with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Tony Sheridan and Laurence Juber and have made countless TV and radio appearances. In 2007 they were featured on the BBC TV’s hour long documentary “It was 50 years ago today” which dealt with the “Day John Met Paul” in Liverpool. In 2010 the Quarrymen undertook a 21 day tour of the US in conjunction with the Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” during which they played 17 gigs from coast to coast, culminating in a mammoth concert in New York on what would have been John’s 70th birthday, where guests included Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Neil Innes. In 2013 they were featured in the Channel 4 documentary “Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia”. The only authorised Beatle biographer, Hunter Davies, also wrote the story of the Quarrymen which was published in 2002.

The Quarrymen have released two cds, “Get Back Together” in 1997 and “Songs We Remember” in 2004 and in 2009 Horst Fascher’s Star Club-tv released a 60 minute dvd.

hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby. When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.

Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup in 2016.

The Quarryman were also seena the Liverpool Premiere of THE BEATLES touring years.

www.originalquarrymen.co.uk/

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£10on the Door

Tickets: £9 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

 

THE VIBRATORS + The Wrong` Uns + UK`s LOWEST + DJ Gaz Le Punk

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The Vibrators are a British punk rock band that formed in 1976. They were one of the pioneering punk bands that played at London’s Roxy Club. They headlined in January 1977, supported by The Drones. In March 1977 the band supported Iggy Pop on his British tour. Later that year they backed ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter. Now in 2011 the band celebrate THIRTY-FIVE YEARS of making records and touring heavily, in 2010 the band did more than 130 gigs. Get ready for many more years of PURE MANIA!

http://www.thevibrators.com/

THE WRONG` UNS: Bristol based punksters!

http://soundcloud.com/thewronguns

UK`S LOWEST: Bristol based teenage punk rock band. Have released 2 singles and an album since they formed in January of 2013. Have played with bands such as UK Subs, Buzzcocks, GBH, Anti-Nowhere League, Subhumans and Penetration and are leaving their mark on the local punk scene. 

www.soundcloud.com/u-ks-lowest

DJ GAZ LE PUNK: Great punk rocks sounds from Bristol's top DJ`s!

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£8 on the Door

Tickets: £7Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk


IAN PROWSE and AMSTERDAM + Cloudy Apple

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 has seen Ian release his very first solo album 'WHO LOVES YA BABY' to blanket praise.

 

'Rousing, inspirational rocking anthems and celtic soul finery' Daily Mirror 4/5

'Dynamic, hugely enjoyable and ultimately uplifting' R2 Magazine 4/5

'Passionate, engrossing, evocative songs'. Record Collector 4/5

'A Magnificent collection of songs' Liverpool Echo

 

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£12 on the Door

Tickets: £10Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk