News November 29th 2015

Hello all

As November comes to a close so does my wee tour to launch the new record.

Stephy, in her role as agent, did a great job putting the dates together.

The first show following my previous newsletter was hosted by David Mundell at Backstage at The Green Hotel in Kinross. As with them all, I enjoyed the night immensely.

So, I’m glad to say, did Neil McFadyen. Here’s a link to his review.…/rab-noakes-backstage-at-the-g…/


The tour wound up in Arbroath on Friday 27th and here I say Thank You to everyone who came and made each of the dates a joy to play and a great kick-start to the album’s wider availability.


To cap the tour experience Stephy and I spent Saturday evening (into late-evening) at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket at the Nordoff-Robbins Scottish Music Awards bash. I was honoured and delighted to receive the Tartan Clef Award for Contribution to Music.


Next weekend (December 5th) we’ll be at The Trad Awards in Dundee. The Musicians’ Union sponsors the Venue of the Year Award and, in my capacity as an EC member from Scotland, I’ll be presenting it. I’m also hoping that the nomination for The Celtic Connections 2015 opening concert, Greg Lawson’s orchestration of ‘Grit’, which I was part of, bears fruit and it succeeds in being Event of the Year.


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 –



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.


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