Gig preview, Paul Carrack, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

He’s a busy fella, Paul Carrack. Barely a year goes by when the former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics doesn’t tour, and, just like he did last January, he visits the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh this Thursday.

Dubbed ‘The Man With The Golden Voice’, the singer behind pop classics such as How Long, Tempted, The Living Years, Over My Shoulder and many more, returns to the Capital to promote newbie Soul Shadows, the follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed Rain Or Shine.

The new release follows Carrack’s stint as keyboard player and vocalist in Eric Clapton’s touring band, and was recorded at his recently-completed studio, which he shares with son Jack, who plays drums on Soul Shadows.

“It’s not a garage any more,” says the 64-year-old from Sheffield of his long-term recording space, which has just had a makeover. “We got it up and running, and a lot of the songs have come from little jams, just me and Jack.”

Carrack’s latest tour will see him visit 34 of his favourite venues across the country – and he says he’s looking forward to returning to the Queen’s Hall, a venue he’s always loved playing.

“I can’t wait to get back out on the road again,” he says. “The tour kicks off in Edinburgh at the Queen’s Hall, and I do love that venue. Although it’s quite compact, it’s very atmospheric.

“We’ve also got a show at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, and it’s a very prestigious venue and the crowd is always great in that city,” he adds.

Elaborating on his latest album, Carrack says, “Apart from Jack, who plays drums on most of the tracks, I have played most of the instruments on the basic tracks.

“Several tracks have been augmented with horn arrangements. My particular favourite is Sweet Soul Legacy with the horns arranged by Pee Wee Ellis who worked for many years with my co-producer Peter Van Hooke in Van Morrison’s band.

“Pee Wee also worked with James Brown co-writing the legendary Cold Sweat,” he adds.

Paul Carrack, Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Thursday, doors 6.30pm, £28.50, 0131-0131 668 2019