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ROOKIE REVIEW: Paul Carrack - Live in Concert 2016

Rookie Reviewer Kiah Warner stepped out of her comfort zone to attend Paul Carrack’s recent performance at Symphony Hall

I was unsure of what to expect from Paul Carrack’s performance as I was unfamiliar with any of his music apart from ‘The Living Years’ when he was in Mike and The Mechanics.

From the moment I walked into the astounding atmospheric Symphony Hall, I could see his appeal was for an older generation and as young person I initially found this daunting however this was an opportunity for me to experience something new.

It was refreshing to see Carrack’s supporting act was a girl of a similar age group to myself. Despite her relaxed, casual appearance, Jazz/pop singer-songwriter Sarah Munro captivated the audience with her performance. It was apparent that Munro’s influences were beyond her years drawing on jazz sounds and her vocals were reminiscent of ladies of Jazz such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. I would look out for Sarah’s music as she is definitely one to watch out for in the future.

Having been unfamiliar with his work, my initial thought was that Carrack’s music was more folk rock, however I was pleasantly surprised that his music fits in the genre of soul and there was a lot of Motown type sounds.

A personal highlight for me was his performance ‘Time Waits’ as Carrack and four other band members, made this their opportunity to showcase the virtuosic skills in their fluid and crisp improvisations which appeared to come naturally to them.

It’s unusual to see two drummers to be on stage together but I felt it worked well as they were able to experiment with different drums as providing different textures to the rhythm. In one of songs one percussionist was playing a washboard and whilst the other was a cajón box drum.

‘How Long’ was another performance highlight for me. The soul of music came out on stage and swarmed its way across the audience. It even got the audience up on their feet dancing to the soulful and upbeat song and even singing along like it bought back personal memories of the time the song was originally released.

There was an overwhelming reaction to Carrack’s appearance on stage when it came to that time of night for him to perform. Throughout Carrack’s performance, it was apparent he was a respected artist from the audiences as they were stunned to silence by each song he performed and appreciated the performance with roaring cheer and applause.

Born and Bred Brummie, Kiah is currently studying Music and Computer Science at University. A keen musician, she plays both the bassoon and flute and has travelled to China, Croatia, The Netherlands and Belgium. Kiah is no stranger to performing on the Town Hall and Symphony Hall stage having performed several times with Solihull Music Service. Outside of music she can be found taking apart computers and coding.