Rab Noakes News March 13th 2020

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Hiya all

Welcome to a March missive. The key reason for this one is the fact that there are more dates to mention, including one at Largo Arts Festival in July. There’s also one with Jill Jackson at Fringe by the Sea in August.

Prior to that there’s an outing for Jill’n’me at Stirling Tolbooth in a coupla weeks, on 21st March. I’ve played Tolbooth solo before. It’s a bonnie venue so I’m well up for to being there wi’ Jill. It’s our first full gig since she be came Mum to Buddy last year.

I’m sending this on Friday 13th. I like that. It means little as I’m not in the least superstitious but, as I turned 13 on Friday 13th May (1960), it’s never been a particularly precarious thing.

Next one for me is Leith Folk Club on Tuesday 17th March. It’s always a pleasure to play Leith so I’m looking forward to that.

First weekend of April, I’ll be out’n’about with Rod Clements. We’ll be at Barnoldswick, Milngavie and Felton. It’s always a pleasure to be with, and make songs with, Rod. He’s a dear friend of now 50 years.

Right now, this wee spell is largely ‘off the road’ and preparing for what’s coming up later in the year. There’s no doubt things contain an uncertainty with regard to whether events will occur or not but, as of today at least, everything stands as planned. As the saying goes, ‘Watch this Space’.

2020’s centrepiece is a sequence of dates devoted to the 50th Anniversary of ‘Do you see the lights?’, my first LP, which was recorded in Jan 1970 and released in September of that year. The shows will feature two sets. One set will be devoted to the LP’s 12 songs, in sequence. The other set will feature songs from the period, many of which appeared on ‘Demos & Rarities Vol One’. They include ‘Turn a deaf ear’, ‘(What would have happened) if I’d stayed around?’, ‘November afternoon’, ‘Long time no see’, ‘It could be you’, ‘Looking up into the sun’, ‘Debts pile high’, ‘Taking the long way home’, ‘Long way round’ and others.

Here’s a wee reminder that, to tie in with the ‘Do you see the lights?’ at 50 celebrations, the relevant packages are available in the store for the remainder of the anniversary year.

Visit www.rabnoakes.com/shop

  1. CDs of Do you see the lights? and Demos & Rarities Vol1. (£15.00 + p&p)
  2. CDs of Do you see the lights?, Demos & Rarities Vol1 and Unlimited Mileage. (£20.00 + p&p)

Here are some forthcoming performances (constantly updated).

Everything cited is confirmed, although the fluid nature of the development of COVID-19 may result in amendments.

SOLO dates


17 Leith                                                 Folk club                       https://leithfolkclub.com/


30 Kirkcaldy                                           Acoustic Music Club       https://kirkcaldyacousticmusicclub.co.uk/


18 Lower Largo                                      The Crusoe                    https://www.largoartsweek.com/


16 Keighley                                           Lemon Tree                  



06 Denholm (Hawick)                             Folk Festival                   http://www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk/

Do you see the lights? at 50 – more info, and more dates, to come.


17 Kinross                                              Backstage at The Green https://mundellmusic.com/upcoming-shows/


27 Glasgow                                           Glad Café                    https://www.thegladcafe.co.uk/events-and-tickets


25 Dundee                                            Clarks on Lindsay Street 



21 Ullapool                                            Ceilidh Place                    https://www.theceilidhplace.com/whats-on/


16 Edinburgh                                         EFC Pleasance                          https://efc1973.com/

17 Kirkcaldy                                           Acoustic Music Club      https://kirkcaldyacousticmusicclub.co.uk/

Many others are collaborations so that’s how I’ve listed them.



21 Stirling                                               Tolbooth           https://stirlingevents.org/tolbooth-event/rab-noakes-jill-jackson/


15 North Berwick                                    Fringe by the Sea                                 https://www.fringebythesea.com/


April 2020

24 Thames Ditton                                   Ram Club                      http://www.theramclub.co.uk/  [0208 686 9421]

25 Ascott-under-Wychwood                   Wychwood Folk Club     http://www.wegottickets.com/event/489625

26 London                                             Green Note                   https://www.greennote.co.uk

May 2020                                                        

22 Carnoustie                                        Philip Hall                     


23 Linrathen                                          Wee Bear Café Lochside https://www.gigantic.com/brooks-williams-rab-noakes-at-lodge-at-lochside-tickets/lodge-at-lochside-wee-bear-cafe/2020-05-23-19-30

June 2020

12 London                                             Kalamazoo Club            http://kalamazooklub.com/whats-on/


18 Northwich                                         Salt Works sessions          http://lionsaltworks.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/



03 Barnoldswick                                     Arts Centre                    https://www.barnoldswickmusicandartscentre.com/

04 Milngavie                                          The Fraser Centre                      


05 Felton (Northumberland)                    Village Hall                               



29 Skegness                                           Great British Folk Festival   https://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/gbfolk/2020/