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Paul Carrack @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury on 19th February 2012

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 20th Feb 2012 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

Paul Carrack is one of those rare musicians who are able to completely bare their heart and soul through their music.  His voice is amazing and he has the ability to convey deep emotions that captivate and engage us, touching our own hearts and souls. There really is only one word for his show ‘INCREDIBLE!

Sixty year old Yorkshireman Paul Carrack is an outstanding singer, songwriter and musician. Carrack has been a member of several bands including Ace, Squeeze, Mike + The Mechanics, and Roxy Music.  He’s also been a session and touring musician for several others including Nick Lowe, and has enjoyed success as a solo artist as well. His distinctive voice appears on some of his affiliated bands' best-known hits.

In the 1970s Paul set up a jazz rock band called Warm Dust, recording three original albums.  When the band split, Paul founded Ace and wrote and sang on one of his best known hits, the beautiful ‘How Long?’ Joining Squeeze, as the keyboard player replacing Jools Holland, Paul was the vocalist on their biggest US hit the unforgettable ‘Tempted’.

Some of his greatest hits came with Mike and The Mechanics ‘Over My Shoulder’, ‘The Living Years’ and ‘Silent Running’.  His highest charting solo single in the US was ‘One Good Reason.

As a songwriter, Paul wrote one of the Eagles best hits ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’.  He’s also written a song for their new album, which he performs in the show, entitled ‘I Don’t Want to Hear Anymore’.

In 2010 Paul recorded a solo album ‘A Different Hat’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and last night performed ‘Eyes of Blue’ with the band, minus Orchestra!  He also performed a few covers from the 60s ‘When You Walk in the Room’ and his rendition of ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’ was absolutely mesmerising, sending shivers down my spine.

The 7 piece band, including Paul’s son on one of the two drums, were all fantastic musicians, very tight and the sound was brilliantly balanced and perfect.

Opening the show with a half-hour set of their original songs was acoustic duo Tinlin. Alex and Rolf are brothers who play an array of instruments from acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards and percussion, which filled the theatre with melodic sounds and captivated the audience. Alex’s vocals had qualities of Will Young and when they sang together the harmonies reminded me of Simon and Garfunkle.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of these two and it’s great that Paul has given them an opportunity to get their work out to a wider audience.  They also sang with Paul’s band later in the show.  To find out more about them and listen to some tracks visit their website

This truly was one of the most memorable concerts I’ve ever seen, marred only by the aging drunken groupie sitting at the front who kept trying to get their attention.  It’s such a shame for the audience and shows a complete lack of respect to the musicians playing to 1200 attentive people when one person can be so disruptive.  As a jazz singer myself I know you don’t always get the full attention you desire, but Paul’s voice is so wonderful and the emotions so raw, real and soulful, it was a magical performance that I’m sure the majority of people genuinely appreciated.  Judging by the loved-up couple in front me, I’m sure that was the case!

For more details of Paul Carrack and further tour dates visit 
Next few gigs:

Fri 24 Feb Anvil Basingstoke, GB

Sat 25 Feb G Live Guildford Guildford, GB

Tue 28 FebTunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Tunbridge Wells

For details of the Spring programme at Waterside Theatre, Aylebsury
Box Office:   0844 871 7607 (bkg fee)
Groups Hotline:  0844 871 7614
Access Booking: 0844 871 7677 (bkg fee)
Online Booking:   (bkg fee)

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye




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