News December 1st 2016

Hiya all

Welcome to December


From now until the end of January only there’s a bargain or two to be had at

Buy the new record, ‘The Treatment Tapes EP’ along with either ‘I’m walkin’ here’ or ‘Red Pump Special’ on CD for £15.00 + £2.50 P&P. This’ll save you about a fiver.

Also, we’d like to see the few remaining vinyl copies of ‘I’m walkin’ here’ spinning on turntables instead of languishing in our storeroom. There’ll be a fiver off that too. It’ll be £15.00 + £4.00 P&P


The Treatment Tapes EP was produced by John Cavanagh (who also sound-engineered) with Stephy Pordage. John, as usual, selected musicians so we have Stuart Brown on drums’n’percussion and Una McGlone on double bass. You’ll recall they were both on ‘I’m walkin’ here’. New collaborators are Atzi Muramatsu on ’cello and Anne Rankin on oboe. Richy Lamb did the design and layout work for the sleeve and booklet. David Mach, ‘the King of Collage’ created the artwork. Carol Ann Peacock’s photographs appear in the booklet.

It consists of a half-dozen songs triggered by the experience of 2015’s health issues


  1. Fade (to shades of black) – 2. By the day (One more shave’n’haircut) –
  2. Mindful – 4. That won’t stop me – 5. I always will – 6. Water is my friend

RAB NOAKES 70/50 in 2017

2017’s activities will be mostly based around my two key anniversaries.

In May I turn 70 and, also in May, I celebrate 50 years since my first fully professional and properly-billed performances.


It’ll all kick off with a Celtic Connections show –

I do hope some of you can make it to this at

Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Thursday February 2nd.

 Some of the Treatment Tapes songs will feature. I’ll be joined by a hand-picked gathering of people I’ve been collaborating with, in one way or another, recently. We’ll have Stuart Brown on drums, Jill Jackson on guitars and vocals, Kathleen MacInnes on vocals, Una McGlone  on double bass, Lisbee Stainton on vocals and other instruments, Innes Watson on fiddle, vocals and other instruments.

The repertoire will form a narrative based around landmark songs, old and new.


2 Glasgow                               Celtic Connections.                             The Old Fruitmarket