Published On: Mon, Jun 19th, 2017 at 10:44am

Rab Noakes coming to Victoria Park House Hotel as part of UK tour

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Scottish singer / songwriter Rab Noakes will be appearing at the Victoria House Park Hotel on 1st August.

Early in 2015 Rab was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. From March to May that year the treatments took place, thirty early morning radiotherapy sessions and two chemotherapy overnights. It’s rigorous stuff and rendered him inactive for a few months.

He wasn’t inactive for any longer than was necessary though and was soon back in action. The treatments’ rigours were alleviated by creating landmarks to reach such as the MU conference in July, followed by Roddy Hart’s Neil Young Tribute concert in September. The release of his ‘I’m walkin’ here’ album was delayed from May and saw the light of day in October. November 2015 was devoted to touring in support of the release.

The songs on this EP were written during the post-treatment period and were part of that process. They were recorded chronologically so their performances reflect that progress. There was one initial session in December 2015 followed by one in April 2016. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit.

Rab’s wife, Stephy Pordage, was an integral part of the process at every stage. She was part of the production team with John Cavanagh.

She was a key part of the writing process and contributed a significant part of the lyric of the song,‘Mindful’.

Rab’s included the songs, at least one at a time, in performances since the gigs restarted back in November 2015.

He often prefaces any rendition by making a little light of it saying something like When something like this happens to the likes of me at least I know I’ll probably get a couple of songs out of it”. He goes on to say “It sounds a wee bit flippant and it does puncture the tension a bit. Truth is, though, it’s what we do creatively. We utilise experience and observation of, and response to, life’s ingredients, add a helping of imagination and deliver a work”.


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

Photo by Carol Ann Peacock

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About the Author

- John graduated from Telford College in 2010 with an HNC in Practical Journalism and since then has worked for the North Edinburgh News, The Southern Reporter, the Irish News Review and the Edinburgh Reporter. In addition he has been published in the Edinburgh Evening News and the Hibernian HC Programme.

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