Carrack flying solo

Paul Carrack. Photo: Boo Hunnisett.
Paul Carrack. Photo: Boo Hunnisett.

SINGER/songwriter Paul Carrack is relishing the fact that he is now recognized as a solo act.

“It’s taken a while for me to establish myself as a solo artist, about ten years in fact; and it’s great,” said the Yorkshireman, who appears at Buxton Opera House in the new year.

“I’ve got a great band who have mostly been with me for ten years, and a great crew.”

Carrack first came to our attention in the mid-1970s as a member of Ace, whose evergreen hit ‘How Long’ was written by him.

From Ace, he moved into the keyboard slot vacated by Jools Holland in Squeeze, for whom he wrote – and sang lead on – the hit ‘Tempted’.

Then, after a stint in Roxy Music and as a member of Mike + The Mechanics, be brought life into songs such as ‘Silent Running’ and ‘The Living Years’.

Carrack’s soulful voice can tackle just about any type of song, and passion permeates every note he sings, as evidenced on his brand new album.

Entitled Good Feeling, it was released on his own label in September and is very different from his last disc.

The title track – worthy of inclusion on any Motown album – has been gaining lots of radio airplay and other tracks include Marmalade Moon, which was written with his old Squeeze band-mate Chris Difford.

There’s also a cover of Jimmy Justice’s When My Little Girl is Smiling and Bruce Springsteen’s If I Should Fall Behind.

“When My Little Girl is Smiling is a funny little ditty that I’ve always loved, but Springsteen is new territory for me. He’s an amazing performer,” said Carrack.

The live show, meanwhile, will be made up of numbers cherry-picked from Paul’s illustrious career, as he explains: “We try and retain a balance; there’s a few songs that people have the right to expect, like How Long, Living Years and Over My Shoulder, but we have to keep the show fresh for all those who come to many of the shows and for us.

“Bearing that in mind, there will probably be four or five off the new album played.”

Paul Carrack and his band will be appearing at Buxton Opera House on Sunday January 6, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £25.50 and £27.50, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at