Paul Carrack
@ Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent

I read somewhere that Paul Carrack’s music offers the hope of a happy retirement. I’d have to agree completely. Sitting in the completely packed audience amongst your mums and dads I was wondering what on earth was about to happen, I certainly wasn’t dressed for the apparent dinner party that was about to unfold, although I was excited about the cheese and wine afterwards… needless to say it never appeared…

Paul’s been famous since the 70’s adorning hits with Mike and The Mechanics, Squeeze and even The Eagles, which probably justified the audience. However his extreme talent, amazing voice and mystical persona was fascinating. I found myself really enjoying his sultry blend of numerous hits including ‘Never Too Late’ and ‘Where Did I Go Wrong.’ His beautiful song ‘My Kind’ wrote about his daughter when she was a baby literally stirred my emotions so much that it bought a tear to my eye.

I soon realised that although I didn’t go into Paul’s gig a massive fan, that I was going to leave converted, and put his new album ‘Old New Borrowed And Blue,’ into my CD player for another listen.

Once finished I left mesmerised, he certainly knew how to put on a good show, and was a pleasant break from my usual Thursday’s spent down the local indie disco.

Lyndsey Green