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Anyone who remembers the bands Pele in the 1990s or Amsterdam in the 2000s will know Ian Prowse and perhaps his best known song ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside’ a favourite of the late John Peel and subject to many covers.

His new solo album Who Loves Ya Baby (IRL), follows him being a dad for the first time and also completing two university degrees ‘just for the hell of it’.

He writes and performs with unbridled passion; just sample ‘Empire (No Sell Out)’ with guitar straight from a Bruce Springsteen set.

Actually his daughter was named after a Springsteen song and she inspired some songs here like ‘God And Man’, the reflective opener and ‘We Were Men’ about growing up.

Serious stories here.

‘Raising Up The Clans’ remembers the NHS march from last year and ‘The Murder of Charlie Wootton’ is in memory of those singled out in Liverpool after the Great War amid the mass unemployment.

Powerful entertainment and a cracking debut solo album.

Rend Collective released ‘My Lighthouse’ as a single this week to coincide with St Patrick’s Day.

The five piece Irish worshippers have their joyous album The Art Of Celebration (Integrity) released this week too with a spiritual energy that reaches out to the listener with all new originals with a fresh contemporary production.

I caught a late rehearsal of Markinch Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Annie Get Your Gun this week.

What a fabulous cast they have and what a score from Irving Berlin.

Opening with their biggest song (There’s no Business Like Show Business), how can you go wrong with a full Town Hall and a seasoned orchestra ready to go.