Second Album coming soon

Solo Artist Work


I am a composer/songwriter/guitarist/singer with thirty years of experience in the music industry, with twenty-five of those as a principal member and lead guitarist of Ian Prowse & Amsterdam, with ten full UK tours under my belt. 

In this position as a guitar player of mood and invention, I was instrumental in shaping the band's 2008 duet of 'Don't Throw Your Love Away' with Elvis Costello on EMI records. I played bass and lead guitar on the band's biggest hit 'Does This Train Stop on Merseyside’, which famously left John Peel in tears live on air when he played it. The Irish legend Christy Moore has also covered the song.

In my role as a performer, I have played Glastonbury, Abbey Road, and Hammersmith Apollo, sold out the Liverpool Philharmonic with Amsterdam and played live on the Jonathan Ross Show, guesting with Elvis Costello. Having recently graduated from BIMM University with a BMus (Hons), I now focus my creativity on scoring for drama/TV and songwriting.

In 2010, I released a solo album under my artist name, Johnny Barlow, of self-penned tunes called 'The Fosse Way', which one reviewer described as a 'remarkable piece of musicianship'. The much-anticipated follow-up is due in 2023.

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