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Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on January 19, 2014

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on January 19, 2014

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Sheffield singer songwriter Paul Carrack has long been known as The Man With The Golden Voice and it’s even more poignant as he celebrates a fifth decade in the music business with a 50-date tour, writes Graham Walker.

He’s quick to point out that doesn’t mean 50-years in the industry – he’s still a few years to that milestone.

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on January 19, 2014

Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall on January 19, 2014

But, now aged 62, he has been making music in every decade since his days as the front man and principal songwriter of Ace, before joining Roxy Music, back in the 1970s.

The former Mike and The Mechanics star is the voice behind hits such as How Long by Ace, Squeeze’s Tempted and the timeless classic The Living Years.

He has gone on to enjoy a successful solo career, including guest appearances on over 60 albums, as well as writing for The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland.

And he’s not done yet. After touring the world year as organist and keyboard player with Eric Clapton, with more dates next year, he’s now on his own tour, which runs until the end of April.

He  is also about to release a new album, called Rain Or Shine, which pays homage to Ray Charles and Bobby Bland, with a mix of classic and new self-penned blues and soul songs.

“It’s called Rain Or Shine, because that’s how we like to think of ourselves – we get there through rain or shine,” he explained in an exclusive chat with The Star.

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“I sung the classic Johnny Mercer song, Come Rain Or Come Shine, on the Eric Clapton tour. It was one of the songs he put forward for me to do; quite a bluesy version. I’ve recorded quite a posh version, more of a Quincy Jones type arrangement, done by a guy called Richard Niles. 

“We did 10-months on the road last year. So my voice was in really good nick in the studio. I think I’ve captured some of my best vocals really.”

He said of his career: “It’s flown by. I left school at 15 or 16 and it’s pretty much all I’ve done.

“There’s still so much I feel that I want to do. I don’t want to sound showing off or anything, but I feel that I’m better now than I’ve ever been as a musician.”

The tour, promising all his hits and showcasing new material, stops at Harrogate Royal Hall tomorrow, with a homecoming at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, January 19. Ticket detaisl below.

He said: “The City Hall is a family affair.

“All my cousins, aunts, uncles and my brother come down. And, of course, when I was a kid growing up I saw all those great  acts there.

“I saw The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison - you name it. And to be treading those same boards is unbelievable.”

Paul Carrack will play Harrogate Royal Hall tomorrow night, Friday, October 18.

His other local dates on the tour include Buxton Opera House, Sunday, January 5; Sheffield City Hall, Thursday, January 19; Chesterfield Winding Wheel, Friday, April 11.

LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW: Hear Paul’s full chat with Graham Walker - CLICK HERE.

BUY TICKETS:

Tickets to see Paul Carrack at Sheffield City Hall, on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7.30pm, are £28.50 - booking fees may appl. Buy in person, call the box office on 0114 2789 789 or buy online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

For more information on other venues, updates and more about Paul Carrack, visit his official web site at www.paulcarrack.net.

Follow him on Twitter @PCarrack.

PAUL CARRACK FULL TOUR DATES 2013-14

OCTOBER

Fri 18 Harrogate Royal Hall

Sat 19 Scunthorpe Scunthorpe Baths

Thu 24 Ipswich Regent

Fri 25 Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Tue 29 Eastbourne Congress Theatre

Wed 30 Bournemouth Pavilion

NOVEMBER

Sun 3 Swansea Grand Theatre

Thurs 7 Wolverhampton Robin 2

Fri 8 Northampton Derngate

Sat 16 Preston Guild Hall

Sun 17 New Brighton Floral Pavilion Theatre

Sat 23 York Barbican

Sun 24 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Wed 27 Coventry Warwick Arts Ctre

Thu 28 Watford Colosseum

Fri 29 Southampton The Brook

DECEMBER

Sun 1 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

JANUARY

Sat 04 Brighouse New Ritz

Sun 05 Buxton Opera House

Fri 10 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 11 Edinburgh Queens Hall

Sun 12 Gateshead The Sage

Thu 16 Stoke-On-Trent Victoria Hall

Fri 17 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Thu 19 Sheffield City Hall

Wed 22 Plymouth Pavilions

Thur 23 Truro Hall for Cornwall

Fri 24 Yeovil Octagon Theatre

Tue 28 Birmingham Symphony Hall

Fri 31 Cambridge Corn Exchange

FEBRUARY

Sat 1 Leamington Spa Royal Spa Centre

Sun 2 Salford Lowry

Tue 4 Tunbridge wells Assembly Halls

Wed 5 Basingstoke The Anvil

Thu 6 London Cadogan Hall

MARCH

Sat 22 Derby Assembly Rooms

Sun 23 Crawley The Hawth

Sat 29 Croydon Fairfield

Sun 30 St Albans Alban Arena

APRIL

Tue 1 Swindon Wyvern Theatre

Wed 2 Cardiff St Davids Hall

Fri 4 Newark Palace Theatre

Sat 5 King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Sun 6 Dartford Orchard Theatre

Fri 11 Chesterfield Winding Wheel

Sat 12 Llandudno Venue Cymru

Sun 13 Shrewsbury Theatre Severn

Sat 19 Norwich Theatre Royal

Sun 20 Milton Keynes Theatre