Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
I am a big fan of Paul Carrack. He is an outstanding singer, songwriter and musician – is there any end to his talents? So I was mega excited to be given the chance to see him in concert at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester last night.
The show kicked off with his support act Elliot Morris, a young guitarist with an unorthodox style of playing and good vocals. He kept the audience’s attention and I enjoyed his set. There was then a twenty minute interval before the man himself came on.
When the concert began there were a lot of empty seats which I commented on to my partner as I was surprised. But it was a full house after the interval so I guess lots of people just didn’t turn up for the support, which is a real shame because he was great!
Carrack and the band kick off in style and soon have the audience swaying in their seats. The concert is a mix of old, new and borrowed material and the man really can sing anything. The band is superb and the sax played deserves a special mention. Each song is delivered flawlessly and highlights for me were The Living Years and How Long (from his time in Mike and the Mechanics and Ace). He also performed a song he had written for his daughter, it was beautifully written with touching lyrics and I thought this was fantastic too. In fact the whole show was outstanding.
For the closing numbers everybody was up on their feet the audience which consisted of mainly 50+ members were dancing in the aisles. When my little girl is smiling sure made everybody else smile and sing along! and he finished the set with Over My shoulder another classic.
We had a very enjoyable evening. If you get a chance to book tickets – go for it!
For more information on tour dates visit www.paulcarrack.net/tour-dates.