PAUL Carrack is not only one of the greatest singer songwriters of his generation he must also be one of the hardest working.

Constantly on tour somewhere around the world either with his own band, on the road with Eric Clapton or working with the Eagles he never seems to stop moving. As a result of this talent he has built up a solid fan base that have filled the Pavilion tonight.

First up though we were treated to a set from London-based Lauren Ray who having previously toured with Anastasia will be joining Paul on all thirty dates of this tour. Delivering a set of self-composed songs from We Will Need Courage and Woman In The Arena albums this was the perfect start to the night and it surely wont be long before we see Lauren filling these venues on her own.

After a short break Paul took to the stage and for the next one and a half hours delivered a set that spanned his entire career from 1974 with How Long by Ace via 1981 and Tempted with Squeeze, a quick stop in the mid nineties for rousing versions of Looking Back and The Living Years from his time spent with Mike and The Mechanics right up to Dig Deep from his 2018 solo album of the same name.

These massive hits were sprinkled throughout the set but the majority of the evening was a master class of quality material from his solo albums. The singing, song writing and musicianship were second to none complimented by one of the best touring bands around who were excellent throughout as were the sound and the light show.

I have seen Paul many times now and he never fails to deliver a set of pure quality from the first note to the last. I am sure he will be back soon just as I am sure the venue will be packed and everyone will love every minute of it.