Rab Noakes releases new album this October

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Rab Noakes’, I’M WALKIN’ HERE, will be the artist’s 19th solo release. Noakes has described it as 21st-century skiffle. The release comes as a Double-CD with CD1 consisting of a clutch of Rab Noakes songs written within a fairly close space of time. CD2 contains songs from a variety of sources from traditional to Elizabeth Cotten to Michael Marra to Beck Hansen to the group Garbage plus some more Noakes compositions. There will also be a limited edition LP of CD1 with complementary downloads of all tracks. Noakes worked with John Cavanagh as producer as well as an engaging range of musicians and singers. Una McGlone on double bass and Stuart Brown on drums were joined by Ula Kinderyte on violin, Harry Hussey on accordion Richard Merchant on coronet and Emma Roche on flute and piccolo. Rab played most of the guitar parts himself both as live accompaniment with the vocal on the track and a variety of overdubbed parts. Singers Hilary Brooks, Barbara Dickson, Roddy Hart, Jill Jackson, Jimmie Macgregor, Alice Marra and Emma Pollock joined Rab on vocals on a number of the songs. Rab said at the outset of the recordings that he wanted to make an album that nobody else could make. He made that comment with regard to the reference points and to the combination of experience and circumstance that make up its uniqueness. This is an album full of heartfelt performances of first-rate songs. www.rabnoakes.com

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