News April 30th 2017

Hiya all


Welcome to the Month of May (almost)

There are welcome bits of spring all over the place.

There are Longer days, Blossom, Daffs, Showers, Sunny spells and, in Aviemore last week, Blizzards – Lovely.


The 70/50 in 2017 tour March outing went well. I had a few shows south of the border, including Kings Place, a newish venue in the King’s Cross area. I was joined there for a couple of songs by Lisbee Stainton, who was part of the Celtic Connections band. All the shows were good and I had an interesting time navigating a bit of a head cold. I was determined to cancel nothing so I tuned the guitars a tone down and rehearsed everything with a few amendments melodically to avoid missing notes. The huskiness even gained a positive response here’n’there.

Here’s a link to a review of the show at Greystones in Sheffield.


The Treatment Tapes EP has continued to be well-received. There’ve been good reviews in magazines such as R2 and fRoots. The writers have approached it with perception and open-mindedness which is what we’d hoped people would get from the release.

Here are links to a couple of reviews available online.


The EP and the rest of the Neon output is available at

In other recording news, the aforementioned Celtic Connections band was around all weekend after the Fruitmarket show in February and we laid the groundwork for a forthcoming album at John Cavanagh’s gang-hut studio in Muirend. There’s work to be done but at present there’s a plan to have it completed and out early in 2018.

There has been considerable progress with the proposed release of the three albums of mine which have yet to see the light of day on CD. A very helpful person, Olivia Brown, is now dealing with licencing at Universal and she’s made things happen. A deal is struck, audio has been located and it’s near completion.

It looks like we’ll get it out later in 2017. It’ll contain the 1972 album Rab Noakes on A&M, 1978’s Restless on Ring O’Records and the 1980 album Rab Noakes on MCA. It’ll be sequenced chronologically and will include some bonus tracks. They include a b-side which didn’t feature on an album, a version specially recorded for a single, an out-take, a rehearsal recording and a version edited for a single. All three albums will be on a double-CD.

Working title is ‘Bridging the Gaps’.


My radio appearance with Tom Robinson on his BBC 6Music show was interesting and enjoyable to do and was, I’m glad to say, very well-received. It’s no longer on iPlayer but maybe we’ll get access to it as archive later.

Meanwhile, an appearance I made on BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk on April 12th is available to listen to on iPlayer until Friday May 12th.


May 12th is the day before my 70th birthday and on the subject of another 70th here’s something you may find interesting. On Tuesday 11th April I got a note from Martha Rafferty to say she wanted to post a late, unreleased recording of her dad’s on Facebook for his 70th and would like me to record an acoustic guitar track on it. I said I’d be delighted of course and ProTools files of ‘Precious Memories’, a gospel hymn from the 1920s, were despatched.

Stephy, John Cavanagh and I spent a couple of hours in the studio on the Friday afternoon doing a wee selection of ideas, both plectrum and fingerstyle. They chose the fingerstyle part and Andy Patterson mixed it. It was posted on The Real Gerry Rafferty FB page on Sunday 16th, what would have been Gerald’s 70th. Here’s a link – it’s bonnie I think.


Scotland’s music community was saddened to hear of the rather sudden death of Paddy Bort on February 17th. He was only 62. He was a great enthusiast for Scotland’s folk music and song. He was also an academic, have written many books on the subject. His real name was Eberhard and was known as Paddy in recognition of his adoption of that lovely German, and other Europeans’, identification with the folk song and music of Ireland and Scotland. He was for many years the main organiser and MC of Edinburgh Folk Club.

There’s to be a tribute concert in Edinburgh’s Queens Hall on June 8th. I’m honoured to be invited to take part with an illustrious artist list. Here’s a link:-

The 70/50 in 2017 shows continue. I had a good rehearsal with Kathleen and Innes for the forthcoming Glasgow show at Cottiers on May 7th. I love these collaborations and this is a chance to catch something which adds another dimension to the solo shows.

I hope to see you at one or other of the next batch of dates.


Dates update     


7 Glasgow *                                              Cottiers              

*With Kathleen MacInnes and Innes Watson

8 Hawick                                                     String Theory                                                               Box Office 01450 360688


10 Arran*                                                    Folk Festival                    

11 Arran*                                                    Folk Festival                   

*(concert on Saturday / workshop on Sunday)

22 Ullapool                                                Ceilidh Place                                  

24 Inverness*                                             Highland Roots Festival

*(afternoon concert)


21 Doncaster                                                The Roots Music Club (previously ‘The Rock’)    

30 Perth – Southern Fried Festival *    Salutation Hotel                     

*(afternoon concert)


13 Pitlochry                                                     Festival Theatre                       

Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes



21 Pitcaple nr Inverurie               Logie Durno Village Hall


As May emerges I’m looking forward to a couple of shows next weekend.

On Monday 8th I’ll be in Hawick. I havenae played there for many years . The redoubtable Loudon Temple used to promote me, and others in his home town of Hawick in the late ’60s/early ’70s. The venue is for String Theory.


The night before that, Sunday 7th, I’ll be at Cottiers in Glasgow with a one-off show featuring guests Kathleen MacInnes and Innes Watson.