Music review: Rab Noakes
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow ****
Those landmark selections included the freewheeling country rockers Together Forever, which was a hit for his friends Lindisfarne, and Clear Day from his Nashville-recorded album Red Pump Special.
Yet this was not an overly nostalgic evening. There was a healthy showing for his recent material, including current release The Treatment Tapes, a wry reference to Noakes’ recovery from tonsillar cancer. Noakes has retained his vocal tone, eminently easy on the ear and natural in his phrasing, though the residual influence of Dylan was there in the subtle twang.
The stylishly suited and booted septuagenarian wore his great knowledge and experience lightly and modestly, making no reference to his early partnership with Rafferty in Stealers Wheel but raising up other musicians he has worked with throughout a career which has explored those Celtic connections between the US and Scots folk traditions – and he continued to do so with guest Kathleen MacInnes who led off a final soulful Tennessee Waltz in Gaelic.