‘Scottish musical royalty’ Rab on tour after cancer fight

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One of Scotland’s most respected songwriters will notch up his fourth visit to Selkirk’s String Jam Club next Saturday night.

Rab Noakes has, over the past two years, battled cancer of the tonsils to get his career back on track, and his new album ‘I’m Walkin Here’ – his 19th solo album – was finally released in October.

Once described as “the closest Scotland has to musical royalty”, Rab was a founder member of Stealers Wheel with the legendary Gerry Rafferty, he has also been involved in major collaborations with Lindisfarne, and Barbara Dickson.

And it was music, he says, as well as the support of his wife, that got him through his illness: “It kept me going, even through the tough parts.”

More widely he is known as a man who can make things happen: he has worked as Head of Entertainment at BBC Radio Scotland, runs his own record label and media production company, Neon, and is on the Executive Committee of the Musicians Union.

Rab will be appearing at the String Jam Club at The County Hotel on Saturday, May 21.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 and are available from the County Hotel on 01750 721233. Credit card bookings incur a 50p card transaction fee.