Soul man Paul chases away the winter blues

On a cold and windy Friday night Paul Carrack breezed into the Royal Concert Hall and turned in a performance that sent any thoughts of the January blues running for cover.

Carrack was on stage for just under two hours and in that time he gave one of the slickest, crowd-pleasing shows this reviewer has every witnessed at the Glasgow venue.

Carrack knows what his audience likes and his fans know that he won’t let them down.

Friday night’s show was packed with great songs from his extensive back catalogue and included numbers by Mike and the Mechanics, Ace and Squeeze.

He also threw in some great covers of songs by other artists such as Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and a stunning version of Randy Newman’s ‘I think It’s Going to Rain Today’.

Songs from Carrack’s most recent studio album ‘Rain or Shine’ also featured throughout the set and emphasised just what a great album it is. ‘That’s All That Matters to Me’ was one of Friday night’s highlights, but there were many.

Carrack has been on the road in some shape or form for four decades or more. He’s played with some of the top names in the music business, from Squeeze to Mike and the Mechanics and more recenlty Eric Clapton.

He’s been hailed as the man with the ‘Golden Voice’. Backed up with an outstanding band of musicians, that was certainly the case in Glasgow on Friday night.