Paul Carrack live at The Lowry
Paul Carrack at Lowry Sunday 24th March
Off to the Lowry at Salford, a short tram ride from Deansgate, we were pleasantly surprised to find some new bars near the tram stop. Tried the Botanist, in the Media City, with its garden theme, and enjoyed looking round the Blue Peter Garden outside which is lovely ( despite the wind and rain ).
Next time we will try the Alchemist, right next to the Lowry theatre, housed in its very modern angular building, which looks great.
Time for a drink in the very pleasant and spacious bar area in the Lowry, modern and airy, with cheerful and friendly service from the always lovely bar staff.
Paul Carrack was supported by Lauren Ray, who sang and played electric piano very beautifully. Lovely voice and music, very accomplished and charming, and was well received by the packed audience.
Paul Carrack had clearly an audience full of fans, such was his reception when arriving on stage. A 40 year career both solo and in bands ( Mike and the Mechanics, Squeeze, Roxy Music, Ace ), he has a wealth of experience, singing, writing and playing. We were treated to a couple of hours of great music, saxophone solos ( superb ) and acoustic set being a highlight. Well known songs such as How Long, Living Years, Eyes of Blue were loved by a very appreciative and vocal audience.
Paul played several different guitars, sang solo playing piano, and did a stripped down set with his son on drums and an acoustic guitar.
Absolutely brilliant to see such an accomplished musician and band really enjoying themselves playing to an audience who clearly loved every minute.
It was the last night of a tour starting in January but all were still full of energy and no one was disappointed.
Credit too to the box office staff ( can't remember names annoyingly ) who were extremely helpful and charming.
Another added bonus was us using our @canalstcard at Pier Eight and the bars on each visit.Big savings..
Christine Ince for Canal St Online