Misadventures in Music with Ian Prowse & Mick Ord
Summary: Misadventures in Music is a music podcast from musician Ian Prowse and radio journalist Mick Ord. The presenters aim to educate and push opinion on subjects such as protest songs, musicians who changed genres and also the significance of artists they have toured with. Ian Prowse is an Merseyside singer-songwriter, currently frontman of Amsterdam and previously of Pele. Mick Ord is the former head of BBC Merseyside and now a crisis communications consultant.
Rory Taylor runs the Positive Vibration Festival, regular Reggae Socials at District and represents international reggae artists at home and abroad. He is on a mission with Positive Vibration to bring reggae to a wider audience. Rory came to Liverpool to study law in 2003. He is an intellectual property lawyer who is also passionate about raising the profile of reggae in Liverpool and beyond. In 2013, as part of a collective, Rory began Positive Vibration with a small event in the Kazimer gardens featuring local DJs and a couple of bands. Rory and Positive Vibration have brought a range of acts to its Baltic-based festival include Lee Scratch Perry, Roni Size, Sister Nancy and many others. Rory also works with the Jamaican High Commission and tourist board, linking up with organisations and charities as well as artists and musicians. For an example of Rory’s close working relationship with the Jamaican High Commission, Rory was contacted to look at ways of promoting the Jamaican netball team whilst based in Liverpool: Tracks Baba Brooks Band - Teenage Ska Toots & The Maytals - Do the Reggay. Bob Marley - Concrete Jungle. King Tubby & Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown Madness - Night Boat to Cairo Sister Nancy - Bam Bam Prince Fatty ft. Shniece and Horseman - The Model.
Episode 10 of Misadventures in Music was recorded at SVARA Radio based in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle. The boys are joined by David Fishel who is musician from Liverpool and has produced the JazzScene radio show broadcasting in several countries between 1992 - 2002. David Fishel has worked with Malcolm McLaren, Patti Boulaye, Steve Levine and 'discovered' Anabella from Bow Wow Wow. He spent 21 years in Norway as a producer/presenter for NRK, Norwegian national radio where he interviewed some of his jazz heroes. David's love for music started when he was introduced to Liverpool R & B band, Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen, who played in Hamburg before the Beatles in 1960. To say that he knows how to tell a story is the understatement of the year. He's now in the middle of writing his autobiography - he's given Misadventures in Music a sneak preview. You have been warned! - podcast contains swearing and sexual references Track Listing Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen - Hallelujah I Love Her So Charlie Parker - They Can't Take That Away from Me Bow Wow Wow - Go Wild in the Country Brecker Bros - Skunk Funk
Paul Hemmings, co-founder of the amazing Viper Label is our guest in episode 9 of the Misadventures in Music podcast with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord. Paul, ex-Las's and Lightning Seeds guitarist, co-founded the label in 1999 with another ex-La's stalwart and solo artist in his own right, Mike Badger. The label specialises in vintage blues, rock n roll, country & gospel recordings and has released more than 150 "roots" albums and singles along with notable releases from the La's and Captain Beefheart, in addition to noted Merseyside artists such as Edgar Jones & Mr Badger himself. Paul's love of these iconic recordings shines through and he's already agreed to return to our studios in the future to continue the Viper story and showcase the vintage roots recordings of which he is rightly so proud." PLAYLIST - all from Viper Label 1) Buddy Jones - Rockin Rollin Mama - from Out There - The Wondrous Roots of Rock n Roll 2) The Reefer Song - Fats Waller - from Ultimate 30's and 40's Reefer Songs 3) Then We'll Need that True Religion - Rev Edward Clayton from The Very Best of American Religious Songs 4) Rock Me - Sister Rosetta Tharpe as above 5) Riot in Cell Block Number 9 - The Robins ( from Banged Up - American Jailhouse Songs) 6) Folson Prison Blues - Johnny Cash ( as above) 7) Space Guitar - Johnny Guitar Watson --- from Hot Guitars album 8) Bo Meets The Master - Bo Diddley --- The Ultimate Halloween Party All music is licensed with PRS - Read more about the Viper Label here
Many political and military observers are calling the current war in Ukraine the most serious conflict that Europe has faced since World War Two, without for one moment demeaning the impact of other conflicts such as the wars in the former state of Yugoslavia 30 years ago. In episode 8 of Misadventures in Music Ian Prowse and Mick Ord discuss how different songwriters have viewed some of the other conflicts that have plagued the world over the years, from the Spanish Civil War in the Thirties, through to Vietnam and the Falklands War, taking in a range of differing perspectives such as Nina Simone, Bruce Springsteen and Christy Moore. Episode Notes .https://www.countryjoe.com/war.htm
When 18 year old Mark Watson met the American jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron after a gig in Liverpool in 1984 little did he realise that the star was going to play such an important role in his life. Mark had just been released from 9 years in the care system and could barely read or write. Nevertheless he WAS streetwise and blagged his way into the backstage area of the Royal Court theatre in the hope of shaking Gil's hand and praising him for his performance. Something about Mark's character affected Gil and he invited him to become a roadie with the band and over the years their relationship blossomed and Gil became his friend and mentor. Fast forward to 2022 and Malik al Nasir ( Mark changed his name when converting to Islam 30 years ago) is doing a PhD at Cambridge University and has just released a book - Letters to Gil - describing the impact Gil had on his life and telling HIS story about how the musician saved him where the care system in the UK had failed. Malik is this month's guest in the Misadventures in Music podcast with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord - both huge Gil fans. It's a genuinely astounding story about generosity of spirit and the power of music." Track Listing "Cane" from the album "Secrets" based on a novel called "Cane" by Gene Toomer about post slavery segregation in the rural south where he grew up. It aligns with my fathers experience in the cane fields of Demerara in Guyana. The song is adapted from the characters in the book and poems about them. "Karintha" and "Becky". "Washington DC" from the album "Moving Target" This was the song that first introduced me to Gils work and caused me to go to that fateful meeting at the Royal Court Theatre in 1984 which forever altered the course of my life. "On from a broken home" from the last album "I'm New Here". I was with Gil when he wrote this poem in 1988 whilst we were on tour in the US with Ritchi Havens. I'd been telling Gil about my issues and he said "you're not the only one with issues" and proceeded to read me what he'd just written. That was 88 but it didn't get released until 2010. "Immigrants - Free at Last" by Malik & The O.G's (Song features Gils drummer Rod Youngs & Gils percussionist Larry McDonald). It was my response to the xenophobia that we faced growing up by people always telling us to "go back to where you came from". After working with Gil I attained the knowledge to answer that trope.
Our presenter Ian Prowse chats to Mick Ord about this latest album released on Feb 11th. One Hand On The Starry Plough. After releasing albums with his bands, Pele and Amsterdam. This is Prowsy's 4th solo album that combines a feel good Indie, folk and Celtic vibe throughout. Find more about how the inspiration behind his hit single Battle and his noir-style ode to Diego Maradona, with discussions about his up-coming UK tour and supporting his friend Elvis Costello and the Imposters tour. find out more about the stories and podcasts here
Ian Prowse and Mick Ord discuss the career of Lindisfarne musician Alan Hull with documentary producer Ged Clarke. The songwriter penned hits such as 'Lady Eleanor' and 'Fog On The Tyne' but relatively little is known about his work away from the North East. Ged joined the boys after the airing of his hugely popular BBC documentary featuring Sam Fender, Sting and Elvis Costello to name a few. The documentary is available on iPlayer for 12 months Playlist Lady Eleanor by Lindisfarne which Hull wrote ( based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story The Fall of the House of Usher) One More Bottle of Wine - Alan Hull Breakfast - Alan Hull Statues and Liberties - Alan Hull The Money Game - Alan Hull January Song - Lindisfarne (from their best-selling album 'Fog on the Tyne')
Following on from episode 3, Ian Prowse and Mick Ord discuss male artists who have changed musical direction. Following on from the episode 3 of the Misadventures In Music with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord... Our presenters discuss male artists who changed their musical direction for the better or worse. Ian starts with a band close to his heart in The Waterboys. It's discussed how their huge success with This is the Sea with probably one their most notable songs on it - The Whole Of The Moon. Ian explains that the band were on the verge of U2 style stardom and all they had to do to follow the success of the last album - to find out what happened next, check out the latest episode. For links and track listings - go over to Urbanista Music Magazine
One of the most fascinating things we love about musicians, is when they decide to completely change their direction. Whether thats musical direction or they simply fall out of love with the business. We have all experienced moments when our favourite music icons leave their fans confused and scratching their heads, wondering what happened. Or in some cases when it's an ex band member, who completely rips the band apart with them to go do something else. In this podcast episode we look at a few female artists that interest both Ian and Mick and explore the music they started creating and then suddenly decided to change direction in music or actually quit altogether. This episode looks at their reasons for doing so, was it the right choice or should they have stayed? Our hosts discuss stars such as Alanis Morisette, Anne Briggs and Bobby Gentry and the fascinating stories on both their music and lives.
Leading on from Episode 2 - Mick spoke to producer Siobhán McAndrew on the making of Crock of Gold - A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan. The interview details what it was like onset when filming with the man himself. An extraordinary insight, especially if you have seen the documentary
Welcome to the second episode of Misadventures in Music with Ian Prowse and Mick Ord. In the second episode of the Misadventures In Music Podcast - Presenters Ian Prowse and Mick Ord look back on the work of Pogues frontman Shane McGowan. The conversation looks back on MacGowans English upbringing and his identity as an Irishman, discussing how his accent developed from when he was cockney teenager to his now evident Irish twang. The guys also discuss the current state of MacGowans health and attitude after interviewing a producer of Shanes' documentary, Siobhán McAndrew. The documentary that was also produced by julien Temple and Johnny Depp is called Crock Of Gold - A few rounds with Shane MacGowan. You can listen to the interview with Siobhán in the bonus Material available on the MIM channel. Ian also talks about his band Pele touring with the Pogues and his experience of the man, and his aura around the venues they played. There's no doubt that everyone who has contributed to this episode has huge respect for the man, poet and musician. But Shane is most certainly a complex man. Read More about the interviews and podcast on Urbanista Music Magazine
Urbanista Mag brings you the first episode in a new series of podcasts from Amsterdam & Pele Frontman Ian Prowse and former BBC Producer Mick Ord - Misadventures in Music In this episode the the guys discuss protest songs with Mick and Ian choosing a powerful mix of artists that inspired them from the Punk and New Wave era. The discussion casts an insight on what it was like hearing and seeing bands such as The Jam & The Clash for the 1st time and why anger played such a huge part in the success of Punk Bands across the UK and USA. But more so, how the music became a channel of information and opinion you didn't get through mainstream TV and News. About Ian Prowse & Mick Ord The presenters of this show have a pedigree in the world of music - Ian Prowse is a successful musician with Bands Pele and Amsterdam who achieved success in the early 90's and is now touring a new album The Story of Ian Prowse. Mick Ord began his career as a journalist in the 80's and went on to become head of the BBC in Liverpool. Mick now runs a crisis media company but still championing the music and bands he loves across the UK. Music Licence All music is licensed via PRS