Time was Carrack was for Christmas – a seasonal gig at Sheffield’s City Hall fitted in with a home game watching the Owls.
These last few years things have been out of sync and a Paul Carrack concert is now a New Year’s treat.
One thing that is certainly not out of sync is his voice.
He may have been in the music business for more than 40 years, but unlike McCartney or Dylan, his singing just gets richer and more powerful.
How many hits would they swap now for his vocal chords?
He can belt them out – witness Good Feeling or Better Than Nothing, an eight-minute stomp with him swapping from guitar to keyboards – as well as caress a ballad such as the sublime Eyes of Blue.
Ironic, isn’t it, that he wrote that one for Sean Bean’s film When Saturday Comes about Sheffield United?
With a new album to promote, Rain or Shine, he kicked off with Life’s Too Short, the single from it, followed by Good Feeling and Another Cup of Coffee from his days with Mike and the Mechanics.
New songs included Time Waits for No One, Brenda Lee’s I’m Losing You and, one which could well become a new Carrack standard, All That Matters To Me.
We got 22 numbers – enough for two albums – and the audience were on their feet for the last six. He kept them waiting for the encores, Over My Shoulder and What’s Going On?
What’s going on? Magic.