GILBERT O'Sullivan was back in a place he proudly calls his "second home".

The shy Waterford-born star bounced on stage at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall and, from the moment he hit the keyboards, never stopped smiling.

He presented a master class in live entertainment.

Other performers such as Don McLean and Steve Harley have told me how special the Phil is.

A back-screen projection showed Gilbert throughout his stunning career which started in 1967. He has had six number ones and 16 top 40 hits.

What a track record.

World-wide fame came and stayed but he has always said he does not want to live in the past.

Gilbert is very much here and now.

The first album I ever bought was Gilbert O'Sullivan Himself.

A soundtrack to my life.

It featured the young urchin's image on the cover, one that he created to get noticed.

But it was his songs that made him a household name.

Now he is quite rightly back on the Radio Two playlist and playing to packed houses.

The audience lapped up every single song and album track.

He opened with Thunder and Lightning and his lyrically magical story in the song Houdini Said.

Oh and the hits kept coming.

There was Clair, What's In A Kiss? and his latest hit No Way from his brilliant new album Latin Ala G!

He was later joined by the beautiful vocals and personality of Eleanor McEvoy on my own favourite Gilbert song We Will.

Ah, the memories came flooding back.

Gilbert O'Sullivan is a master craftsman who is a popular now as when he was outselling Elton John.

He praised his backing singers and five piece band and took an on-stage selfie with them. Get Down sealed the evening ..

It was another second home coming.

Can't wait for the third...fourth...

10/10 anything less?

No Way!