Musician Paul Carrack to light up Yeovil's Octagon Theatre

This is The West Country: Paul Carrack. Paul Carrack.

A PROLIFIC singer-songwriter who has written some of the most memorable music in the industry’s history, comes to Yeovil’s Octagon in January.

In his five decades-long career, Paul Carrack has played with Mike + the Mechanics, Squeeze and Roxy Music, providing lead vocals on hits ‘Tempted’, ‘Over My Shoulder’, and ‘The Living Years’.

On Friday, January 24, he will perform his greatest hits and songs from his latest record, the soul-infused Rain or Shine, following touring with Eric Clapton.

The musical polymath told the News: “I’m 62 now and, as a musician and a vocalist, I think I’m as good as I’ve ever been.

“You’re always in search of doing that great album, and I’m pleased I’ve been able to capture some of the best vocal performances I’ve had – it’s just onwards and upwards.”

The influence of Ray Charles as an idol of Carrack’s is clear, cemented by his covering three of the artist's tracks.

Carrack said: “Ray Charles was a genius, no doubt about it. I grew up listening to him.

“I just love the way Ray puts his own stamp on whatever song he sings.

“Yet I wouldn’t narrow down my influences to Ray Charles, either, as I’ve stolen from everybody – Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder; I’m a big fan of soul music.”

Carrack has also written for The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland, and appeared on over 60 albums, including session work for The Smiths.

Premium tickets cost £34.50, and standard tickets £29.50. To book, call 01935-422884 or visit octagon-theatre.co.uk

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