Paul Carrack Concert Review
Support Act - Tinlin
Whenever I travel I always check concert listings
to see if any worthwhile concert is been held whilst I’m in
town. On a recent trip to London, as luck would have it, Paul
Carrack happened to be performing so I wasted no time in obtaining
A couple of weeks later during my trip I picked
up said tickets at the Cadogan Hall box office near to the
upmarket area of Chelsea’s Kings Road. Cadogan
Hall recently became a 900 seat auditorium in 2005 built on
the site on an old church.
In my opinion a great venue acoustically, although
the restricted view from the gallery due to the ominous railings
was a bit of a let down.
Moving on to the music, as I arrived after an
elegant dinner at a nearby eatery on King’s Road, the acoustic
duo Tinlin had started their performance. You never know what
to expect with support acts but on this occasion I was pleasantly
surprised, with siblings Alex and Rolf’s rich harmonies and
infectious songs. They certainly seemed to be enjoying the
performance and this reflected into the audience.
Alex and Rolf’s voices mixed with Tinlin’s
signature folk style mandolin, and rhythm guitar filled the
room and even though it was the first time I’d heard them
I found myself tapping time and enjoying their emotively charged
songs and performance filled with energy.
Later in the set they also used a Hohner
Pianet (Fender Rhodes type keyboard) and Paul’s son percussionist
Jack Carrack joined them on Cajon and percussion to great
Once Tinlin’s set was
over and after a short break to prepare the stage the scene
was set for the start of the headliner.
Paul and the band walked on casually to a thunderous
applause as they started off there set and launched into hits
such as the Ace
classic “How Long” or songs from his from his stint in Mike and the Mechanics such as “Over my Shoulder” and my personal
favourite “Another Cup
of Coffee” from the album “Beggar
on a Beach of Gold”.
Other well known songs included the hit penned
for the Eagles “Love
Will Keep Us Alive” and the number one hit “I
Don't Want To Hear Any more” as
well as his own emotive
“Eyes of Blue” which was orchestrated with a lovely string
section in the style of his new album “A Different Hat”, recorded
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Here he joked as he
pulled out his melodica that the
little instrument would render the same sonic effect as if
accompanied with a full orchestra. I must say however that
I was pleasantly surprised at how well it sounded with a little
delay effect, I remember having a melodica
as a child and it certainly didn’t sound like that!
Gear wise Paul strummed on his usual black Gibson
acoustic and alternated to a blond Telecaster for some songs,
whilst sitting at his Hammond organ for others. Also notable
was the use of two drummers albeit with smaller kits for a
very striking sound. This together with the guitar, bass,
keyboards, backup vocalist and horn section made for an excellent
band, with a tight sound.
An excellent concert indeed.
By Ernest H Slade