THERE can’t be many chart toppers who have played the intimate surroundings of Chipping Village Hall but then Sunday was one of those special nights.

Ian Prowse of the bands Pele and Amsterdam and most recently a member of the Hillsborough Justice Collective was on fine form as he ran through his extensive back catalogue of ridiculously catchy and often highly personal songs With African drum and violin accompaniment this was an acoustic show with plenty of attitude often threatening to disturb the normally tranquil setting.

Prowse is a modern day troubadour, singing from the heart and writing songs about issues and events that mean something to him.

Recent fatherhood has given him a new focus for his songs epitomised by Maybe There Is A God After All which somehow avoids being cloying yet strikes a chord with parents everywhere.

With a new ‘best of’ album out, the set saw a liberal helping of both Pele and Amsterdam numbers plus an obligatory Springsteen cover and a raucous rendition of the Clash’s London Calling. His best known song, John Peel’s favourite Does This Train Stop On Merseyside, was its usual emotional high.

Prowse is proof that the talented songwriter and performer is still alive and well and music can still have a purpose - and long may it continue.

A word too about the support band The Ragammuffins, led by an Elvis Costello-like singer and with some great lyrics and engaging hook lines. Definitely a band to look out for.