Rab’s grand finale at Hospitalfield

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With one of the most highly acclaimed albums of his near 50-year career in music just recently released, Rab Noakes’ concert at Hospitalfield House this coming Friday (November 27) looks like being a sell-out.

It’s a date that was first scheduled for June following the originally planned release of the double CD ‘I’m Walking Here’ back in the spring, and was to be part of a national tour to promote the album.

However, a diagnosis of tonsillar cancer put paid to those plans, and Rab has since been undergoing treatment for the condition. Now recovered, he has put together a shorter promotional tour but his love of Hospitalfield House as a venue and for Angus folk as his audience has ensured the town has remained not only on his itinerary, but as the grand finale for the tour.

Rab, a founder member of the band ‘Stealer’s Wheel’ with Gerry Rafferty, has a 20-album solo career to call on for his programme next Friday. However, it’s a sure bet that songs from the new CD, which will be on sale on the night, will feature in the concert. They range from new songs written by Rab to interpretations of other people’s material and even standards like ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’.

Tickets, priced at £12 (£10 concessions) are still available for sale or reservation through the Hospitalfield website (www.hospitalfield.org.uk).