Paul Carrack a breath of fresh air in Botanical Gardens

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HOMETOWN son Paul Carrack was back in town to deliver some midsummer grooves in the Gardens - the Botanical Gardens, that is.

The open air show featured plenty of Paul’s classics - including tracks from latest album I Know That Name.

Although still best known for his work with archetypal pub rockers Ace, Squeeze and famed supergroup Mike and the Mechanics, Paul has a huge solo repertoire all of his own to draw upon - nine albums in the last decade alone.

Now aged 60, Paul still featured crowd favourites like How Long and Tempted, the set delivered in a green, pleasant and classically Sheffield setting.

Paul, ably supported by his Dizzy Band, reminded everyone he doesn’t like to stay away from the Steel City for too long - and for those who missed this atmospheric show, he’ll be back in town at the City Hall as part of a national pre-Christmas tour.

Tonight’s open air event features jazz heroes Courtney Pine and Omar Puente, with the music continuing until 10pm and tickets available for £14.

Likely to be a night to remember, Courtney is rated as one of the finest jazz instrumentalists of recent years.

The short season of shows comes to a close on Saturday night with a classical performance featuring many of the works made famous through the last night of the Proms.

The Sheffield version, with tickets costing just £8, features the Dodworth Colliery Band while topping the bill is the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.