News July 1st 2017

Hiya all

Welcome to July

June was good with a trip into the north of Scotland for a couple of shows. I played Ceilidh Place – a regular visit and always a pleasure. People come from all over, local and from afar. Nowadays every second person you meet who’s on the move in the North of Scotland is enjoying the 500.

Here’s a link to a review from The Northern Roots festival at Bogbain Farm, the other show from the trip north.

I had a couple of trips to London, one for MU meetings on the 14th and, on the 27th, another for the Scribblers, Pluckers, Thumpers and Squawkers luncheon. It’s a great event, now organised by Ed Bicknell, and I’m delighted to be on the invite list. From Clem Cattini to Bruce Welch to Lesley Ann Jones to Frank Allen to Chris Welch to Suzy Quatro and more it’s a spirited bunch and a most pleasant occasion. That evening I went to see Brian Pettifer in Brecht’s Life of Galileo. It was an inventive production at the Young Vic.

The trip to London had a MU dimension also as, on the evening of Wednesday 28th, there was a celebratory reception for our Union’s departing General Secretary, John Smith at the House of Commons. An upbeat crowd packed the Terraces overlooking the Thames and a fine evening ensued. The event was hosted by Alison McGovern MP and addressed with warmth and wit by, amongst others, Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

There’s even more MU business in July as we have our biennial Conference in Brighton later in the month.

There are a couple of shows in July as well.

On Friday 21st I’ll be in Doncaster playing The Roots Music Club. It has history as The Rock in Wentworth then in Maltby. I played there often and it’s a real music lovers’ lair. I’m looking forward to the new venue.

The following weekend it’s Southern Fried in Perth from 28-30th.

I’m delighted to say my appearance at Southern Fried Festival has now been expanded to make a total of three appearances on Sunday 30th.

I start off at 1100am with a Classic Albums session at John Ross Hi-Fi in Charlotte Street. I’ll be playing an LP and talking a little about its significance to me.

In the afternoon there’s the long-standing concert with Jill Jackson and me. Here we’ll do separate sets and join for a few songs together. It’ll be a custom-repertoire to fit the festival’s Country/Americana focus. That’s familiar territory for both Jill and me so it’s a labour of love constructing the sets which will contain songs from the 1920s to the present day.

It’s an afternoon show, starting at 2:30pm. Together and separately, we’ll be performing some familiar songs, some rarities and some country-tinged originals. It’s in the Salutation Hotel and it’ll be the first time I’ve played there since 1971. That time it was with Gerry Rafferty as Stealers Wheel. The show was attended by a group of Dundonians, including Michael Marra, who’d hitch-hiked to see us.

In the evening I’ve been invited to join the bill of ‘North Star – Scotland sings Canada’ concert celebrating Canadian songwriters. Artists such as Cyndi Cain, Justin Currie, Kris Drever, James Grant, Dean Owens, Emma Pollock and Karine Polwart are scheduled to appear. The houseband will be led by the keen ears and nifty fingers of Stuart Nisbet.                                                                                               I’m working on a couple of, hopefully interesting, numbers now.

Into early August and here are a couple of dates to flag up

Leith Folk Club is on August 1st. It’s always a good night there and I’m looking forward to it.

As part of the Edinburgh Fringe I’m going to be part of a series of In Conversations. Susan Morrison and I will blether for an hour and do our level best to be informative and entertaining. I like these things.…/in_conversation_with%E…


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


Dates update


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

30 Perth – Southern Fried Festival      Classic Album at John Ross Hi-fi store (11:00am)

    Salutation Hotel* (2:30pm)  

*(afternoon concert – with Jill Jackson)

                                                      True North – Scotland sings Canada** (7:30pm)

**(part of multi-artist concert at Perth Concert Hall)


1   Leith                                            Victoria Park House Hotel

10 Edinburgh                                                  New Town Theatre                          


12 Milngavie                                                   Fraser Centre          

13 Pitlochry***                                               Festival Theatre                       

***(Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes)


21 Pitcaple nr Inverurie               Logie Durno Village Hall                                                                    


22 Howwood                                            Boarding House                             

26 Dundee                                                 Clark’s on Lindsay Street           

28 Strathmiglo****                                  Village Hall                                             or call her on 07578703390

****(with Davie Craig and High Speed Grass)


As I mentioned previous newsletter, 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, has been dealing with licencing at Universal and she’s made things happen. It’s now off to manufacture and we anticipate delivery early in August. Its release date will be October 6th but it’ll be available at soon after we take delivery.

It’s called ‘Bridging the Gaps’ and 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 and mixed for a single. All three albums will be placed chronologically on a double-CD.