News December 20th 2015

Hello all

It’s December, the heart of midwinter as well as the festive season, so here’s wishing all the best to all of you for all festivities and for 2016.

This year’s seasonal offer involves Red Pump Special – 40th anniversary edition.

The CD will be available at at the knock-down price of a fiver (£5).

The offer’ll be open for a month, from Tuesday 22nd December to Friday 22nd January.


Early in January there’ll be some more bargains as we slash the prices of the multi-artist Woody Lives, People on the Highway as well as John Watt’s Heroes.


Here’s another January date for your diary. I’ll be a live guest on Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio2

on Sunday 17th. It’s on air from 1100-1300. That’ll be a couple of songs and a chat with Terry.


In the previous note I mentioned we’d be at The Trad Awards in Dundee on December 5th. Simon Thoumire has cannily turned this into a well-run big event with a lot of big music. I’m delighted to say that the nomination for The Celtic Connections 2015 opening concert, Greg Lawson’s orchestration of ‘Grit’, which I was part of, bore fruit as it succeeded in being Event of the Year.


I’m currently working on the production of an event that’ll be part of Celtic Connections 2016.

It coincides with the release of an academic history of the Musicians’ Union, written by Doctors Cloonan and Williamson at Glasgow University. There will a two-day seminar at the Mitchell Library on January 14th/15th and this is capped by the concert at St Andrews in the Square on the night of Friday15th.

The show is essentially a celebration of the MU in Glasgow and a most interesting, diverse cast-list is emerging.

It’ll be good to see you there.


I’ll be curator, performer and compere.

We’ll have:-

Hilary and Lorna Brooks – the celebrated sister act with great songs, great vocals, piano and guitar.
Dave Arcari – a hugely popular exponent of Real Messed-up Alt Blues.

The Whistlebinkies – a highly accomplished, long-standing Scottish folk group.
Bill Sweeney – a first-class composer/performer.
Diljeet Bhachu and Alex Gascoine – Flute and violin par excellence in a new combination.
Fraser Speirs – world-class harmonica virtuoso.
As guests from further afield, we have Zervas & Pepper. Paul Zervas and Kath Pepper are a terrific duo from Wales with great songs’n’harmonies.
Here’s a reminder I’ll be playing some dates in the south in March (see below) and wouldn’t mind a few more in that period. Martin Peirson at Adastra is booking it –



15th            Glasgow                                    St Andrews in the Square            


20th        Milngavie                         The Fraser Centre              


5th             Tynemouth                         Porters                                                box office – tel: 0191 258 6100

7th             Etton nr Beverley                        The Processed Pea              ,

11th             Crouch End, London            Kalamazoo Klub                          

18th             Calstock                                    Calstock Arts                                    box office – tel: 01726 879500


2nd       Gartmore                        Village Hall  


Stephy will take care of any enquires for House concerts. I would like to play some because I do really like them. If you fancy a concert in your front room contact us via the website Do contact us if you want to know more about how all that works. We’ll consider anywhere in the UK.


‘I’m walkin’ here’ is available to buy in all its formats – CD, Download and Limited-Edition Vinyl LP at stores, online and, of course, at


What they say about ‘I’m walkin’ here’


“Perfection” * * * * * – Maverick                        “Magnificent” * * * * – Guardian

“Zestful” * * * * – Scotsman                                    “Gem-laden” * * * * * – Morning Star

“Very moving” * * * * – R2 magazine         “Splendid” – Sunday Herald                                   

“Beautiful” – Music News Nashville                        “Marvellous” – shirefolk

“Uplifting” – folkradio                                    “Superb” – Music News Scotland



CD1 Slippin’ away – Out of your sight – I’m walkin’ here – It happened all the same – One dog barks – A little time left – No more time – Out of the blue – Believing is seeing – Where dead voices gather – (Don’t say) Money doesn’t matter – Two days in May

CD2 Buttons and bows – Don’t act like your heart isn’t hard – All in down and out blues – Travellin’ light – Goodbye booze – Your clear white light – The Guernsey kitchen porter – That’s the way the whole thing ends – Moonlight and gold (version two) – Goodbye – Freight train – Only happy when it rains – The two sisters – Bye bye blackbird


Also available in the shop are the 7 extra FREE ‘I’m walkin’ here’ tracks.


Don’t forget my facebook Rab Noakes Music page. Please visit it and leave a mark. I’ll be updating it regularly as another outlet for activities, relevant postings, free songs and other stuff.