*Amsterdam were formed on Merseyside in 1999, and the following year won an NME competition to find the best unsigned band of 2000. They were also among the winners at the prestigious music business event In the City. Amsterdam appeared on an EMI compilation album, Mersey Boys and Liverpool Girls, alongside Paul McCartney and other Liverpool musicians. They performed sell out shows in Liverpool and London to critical acclaim, and played three tracks on Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 show.

Touring their new album ‘Compañeros’ Ian and his band tonight play in Glasgow’s Audio… a tight intimate venue where your only inches from your audience.

In a set featuring songs from their back catalogue, Compañeros and Pele the modest crowd was soon dancing and singing..songs such as ‘Fireworks, ‘Does This Train Stop In Merseyside’ and “Fat Black Heart’ put joy back in your soul . Not being familiar with a lot of their material most was new to me but that will now change!!

This gig was a tonic for a cold November night…10/10

Amsterdam are:

Ian Prowse – vocals, guitar

Johnny Barlow – bass, lead guitar

Tony Kiley – drums, percussion

Kevin Spurgeon – keyboards

Eimear McGeowan – flute

Anastasia Risnes – violin

Dave Mastrocola – bass


*Lifted from Wikipedia


All photos G Stuart Westwood Photography 2015…not to be used without the owners permission