Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony



A Few Images Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony



An event for all on a perfect sunny July day there were many festivities at the Glasgow opening ceremony – headlined with Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Nicola Benedetti and more to welcome all the athletes to Glasgow’s games..

I caught this fun photo of a young Scot enjoying the occasion with his Scottish flag just outside Celtic park! All great fun!

Highlights for me were Nicola Benedetti, the Scottish pipers and the Scottish ballet dancing to the Proclaimers song ‘I Would Walk Ten Thousand Miles’ and more Scottish flavours with Julie Fowlis who sang a beautiful Gaelic song

The event ranged from twee musical to everyday busking and singing on Glasgow’s city streets. There was nostalgic pageantry and historic symbolism of Scotland’s history and of Burn’s poetic words of equality for all with Freedom Come Ye All, alongside a mention of Glasgow’s being the first city to offer Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city. Film director David Puttman also mentioned that in 1835 women of Glasgow marched against slavery.

The ceremony included a few firsts – the first time having the countries enter the stadium by continents worked well. Each country was led in by a wee Scottie dog with their short legs racing and this was a hit with everyone!
An event on this scale made history and asked those attending to text to UNICEF which raised million as the lights lit up on the phones. The Queen read out the Queen’s Baton’s message which had travelled through all the Commonwealth countries since last October with a message of  friendship and hope.

For me a downside was that at times each segment felt so fleeting and fast, if you were not paying enough attention you would have missed it for the generation of the short attention span!  All in all quite an occasion. 

PLUS - 23rd July Opening Parties -  
PARTY Glasgow Green – Lulu, Rab Noakes, Eddi Reader,
Kelvingrove Bandstand – Belle & Sebastian.

ALSO 31st JULY, Glasgow Green – King Creoste, album From Scotland With Love released 21st Jluy. Film of the same name with live musical accompaniment, part of CULTURE 2014. http://www.kingcreosote.com/

New Music Biennial with Lau and other composers – Royal Concert hall . http://www.newmusicbiennial.com/

Glasgow's Miles Better



Glaswegians have had a big chip on their shoulders over many decades which hopefully today is in the past. Glasgow is the city that built the ships with great shipbuilding yard. On the Clyde river there are abandoned buildings and ghosts form the past.  They helped build an Empire and then as a reward had their industries closed and with no  investment in future businesses


In the 80s Glasgow Provost Kelly knew something had to change and taking from New York city's drive to rebuild the city with 'We Love New York', the slogan 'Glasgow's Miles Better' was introduced on a yellow Mr Happy background and was then followed by 'People Make Glasgow'
Glasgow saw the importance of investing in sport and culture in defining a nation.
This has helped to shape modern Glasgow which has regenerated and re packed itself successfully and the city believed it could successfully bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

I discovered a Glasgow rich in culture, character, in music, outstanding venues and with many small venues for the new artists. In the 50s American sailors brought in their blues and rock records (just as they did to Liverpool) and resulted in Scottish sounds mixing with country and rock and roll. 
I have travelled many extraordinary journeys in Glasgow in the grey light over the Clyde river, by the university's imposing spires, the tall graceful elegance of Rennie Mackinotosh’s art school, the long shadows on Sauchiehall street and across the city's steep hills. 

I originally come from Edinburgh and have lived abroad many years in America and I now live north of Glasgow.  My children all attended Glasgow University. In my teens I used to travel over to Glasgow clubs and it often seemed a rather dark place. Now the buildings have been cleaned up and rejuvenated. It is a city of great heritage and surprises and you never know when a building of impressive architectural merit will appear as if from nowhere. 

I once covered a fashion event at the imposing Corinthian on Ingram Street along from the Italian shops,  the charm of the Merchant city, the City halls and the Old Fruitmarket venues. If you look there are many hidden treasures on Glasgow's side streets.Both the Concert hall and the Theatre Royal have been under going recent building improvements. 

Glaswegians never take themselves too seriously though and there is a true creative freedom of expression here where nothing can possibly be too wacky or off centre!  It may once have been the city of fallen hopes but it seems today there is a rebirth of dreams and renewed confidence once again.     



 The city of fallen dreams

The city of fallen dreams
Of no tomorrows,
Of ancestors rich homes,
Cathedral spires
And the fast
Highway of speeding lights.

On the hilltop sits the proud university
Solid and tall
A small cloud on its rooftop.

Far off in the dull distance
High-rises of fallen flats
Boxes of lights.
I watch the clear slow grey of the Clyde river
As it winds slowly through
Momentarily its story shifting,
With every bend
Every look.

Beside me the modern, the new,
Tell of the future,
Fast, ever changing
And the old faces the new.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

SAY Award



2014 -  Young Fathers - Tape 2
2013  -  RM Hubbert - Thirteen Lost and Found
2012 -  Aiden Moffat & Bill Wells - Everything's Getting older  
http://www.sayaward.com 

Scottish artists and musicians no longer need to travel and live in London, perhaps because the world wide web brings us all closer than ever before. 

This Scottish Album of the Year Award is for some of the top innovative new music in Scotland.
The style ranges from indie, hip-hop, rock, electronica and flamenco guitar.

Nominated Scottish Artists in 2014
Edwyn Collins – Understated (4AD)
Biffy Clyro – Opposites (14th Floor)
Chvrches - The Bones Of What you Believe (Virgin)
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp)
Hector Bizerk - Nobody See Nothing (self released)
Mogwai - Les Revenant (Rock Action)
Steve Mason - Monkey Minds in the Dark (Double Six)
The Pastels - Slow Sonnets (Domino)
Young Fathers - Tape 2 (Auticon)


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Greatest Singers

Roberta Flack

John Lennon- Stand By Me
Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly
Willie Nelson- Always On My Mind
Dick Gaughan - Both Sides The Tweed
Rab Noakes - Moonlight and Gold
Adele -   Make You Feel My Love
Chrissie Hyde - Angel of the Morning
Rolling Stones - Like A Rolling Stone
Frank Sinatra - Send in the Clowns

The Greatest Singers (for me) - oddly the above cover songs!  Plus Joni Mitchell and her dramatic voice, Otis Redding's soul tones and Bob Dylan, for his questioning voice.  I also adore Sandy Denny’s singing her own song, Who Knows Where the Time Goes.  

My favourite music is the accomplished singer songwriter and there is something deeply connected and moving about a singer performing their own personal songs.  Some of the greatest voices are singer songwriters and I enjoy the depth and range of their albums.
There are also some wonderful cover songs and artists learn a great deal from the right covers, just as the painter begins by imitating the great masters he most admires. And actually that is the key thing in this mystery, being able to discover the right art and the right covers to sing and to interpret them with your own voice and in a sense to give them something different and new. 

So there are these stand-out songs covered by outstanding singers (my personal favourites listed above). While I may not listen to their albums and as so much depends on the right arrangements, production and musicians a singer has backing them on any recording.  I realise this is a personal list and I know there are many other wonderful covers.  I adore and listen often to these performances of these very special songs. 

Which brings up the question - what makes one singer also an artist? Sinatra was a true artist and interpreter of song with the subtle way he was able to control emotion with his voice.

Roberta Flack
Of all the soul singers out there I have to give a special mention to the voice of Roberta Flack. I was interested to discover recently that she was classically trained and that he mother was a music teacher, because you can hear many influences in her singing. Her voice is creatively moving in a way few others can match.  Roberta studied piano accompanying and to interpret and rearrange music.  Roberta taught music over several years.  

At 31 Roberta started playing at Mr Henry's after  ten years of teaching music. Her voice can reach a spot that can only be described as blissful.  She comes from a different tradition than other soul singers and she mixed up the genres.  She gave the song a sharper pulse and more open with her vocal, pushing it along as she let it stretch and soar.   

Then in Clint Eastwood's debut movie ‘Play Misty For Me’ he played Roberta’s  awesome version of Ewan McColls song, The First time Ever I Saw Your Face in which version she used a slower tempo which was more lyrical with her unique vocal gymnastics.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Scottish Festivals ...



Scottish Festivals ...
Seek to engage, challenge, entertain and to ensure quality of standard, musicianship, writing, diversity, colour and more.


*East Neuk classical music festival 10th Edition – 27th June – 6th July   
Situated in intimate venues on the coastal villages of Fife, with German pianist Christian Zacharias and with trios, sopranos and chamber groups. This year will celebrate the 19th century Viennese composer Franz Schubert.  http://www.eastneukfestival.com/

 

*Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival – 18th – 27th July
This year with Van Morrison and Jool Holland, as well as renowned jazz artists from across the world.  Edinburgh Jazz Festival was set up in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. Mike's initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events taking place for free admission in pubs. There is a Princes Street parade, The Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket and Jazz On A Summers Day in Princes Street Gardens which are free events. Regular visitors are Buddy Tate, Warren Vache, The Black Eagles Jazz Band and the Hot Antic Jazz Band. The Festival's artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the "star system") and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These have been developed with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians.  http://www.edinburghjazzfestival.com/


*Edinburgh International Festival- August 2014
The Big One! The oldest arts festival.
Edinburgh buzzes for the month of August when some locals leave and others enjoy watching for the good reviews and for the next big shows.

For the visitor it is worth walking around (faster often than by bus) from the Under Belly beside George Square and the university, down past to the Royal mile where there are many shows on display (very busy at the weekends) – then down the mound worth it for the spectacular vista from Edinburgh’s castle and gardens and on past the Art galleries (where there are often packed crowds for the fire eating street performers and jugglers). Take a left turn down Princes Street and into parallel George Street and before long you see the white tents of Edinburgh’s book festival where many world famous authors descend for the two middle weeks and by contrast offers a place for reflection and more considered entertainment. .

Flyers, colour and spectacle are everywhere on the streets in a vast celebration. As the festival offers every type of arts, I find it interesting to see the crossovers between the arts. To find music such as Nile Rogers who gave a highly interesting and spontaneous talk at the book festival, with dance exploring new mediums and expression through mime, visuals and illusion such as the show Leo.

Edinburgh Fringe. 1 – 25 August. There is everything to sample here with over around 3,000 shows.
The Fringe developed from the main festival, particularly expanding into comedy, such as Cambridge footlights where many well known comedians first got their big break. Nearly any available space is used over the city.  https://www.edfringe.com/

Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) 9 – 25 August. The world’s largest book festival began in 1983 and is held at Charlotte Square, Edinburgh’s westend, with children’s events and a wide diversity of novelists, journalists, economists, scientists, poets, musicians, historians, and politicians. The festival includes debates and evening Unbound shows.  https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

Edinburgh International Art Festival, 31 July – 31 August. http://edinburghartfestival.com/

Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) 8 – 21 August.  The main event and the world’s oldest festival. It focuses on the high brow and world class theatre, opera, dance and music. The festival is all embracing. 
http://www.eif.co.uk/ 

Mother of Feminism - Eleanor Marx



Daughter of Karl Marx (the father of communism), Eleanor tutored leaders of the workers movement. Her greatest achievement was to apply sophisticated economic theorising to the founding the theories of modern feminism in 1879s (and not the 1970s!).  

For her any socialism had to strike at all kinds of oppression and involve both sexes on a equal footing.  

Review Sunday Times, ‘This book takes you to a time when hastily written pamphlets had an outside chance to changing the world: a time when the Reading Rooms of the British Museum was one of the hubs of the intellectual universe.’
You have to love someone who said -  'Who is the fiend who invented house-keeping? I hope his invention may plague him in another world.'  

BOOK. Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes

Eleanor Marx Aveling (16 January 1855 – 31 March 1898), also known as Jenny Julia Eleanor "Tussy" Marx , was the English-born youngest daughter of Karl Marx. She was herself a socialist activist, who sometimes worked as a literary translator. In March 1898, after discovering that her partner and prominent British Marxist, Edward Aveling, had secretly married a young actress in June the previous year, she committed suicide by poison. She was 43.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Auditions – Your Disco Needs You - The Musical



Auditions – Your  Disco Needs You - The Musical 
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June
Venue – University of the West of Scotland Paisley Campus
Paisley Campus, Paisley, PA1 2BE
Time – 10am – 4pm
Casting call for brand new amateur dramatics musical for breast cancer awareness project for charity.
Main characters auditions Saturday 14th June
Minor characters, chorus and dancers Sunday 15th June
All profit to 3 cancer charities. Takes place at Mitchell Theatre Glasgow.
5 performances - 24th – 26th October 2014 to coincide with breast cancer awareness month.
Rehearsals
Mondays and Thursdays 7pm-9pm.  Commencing week of 21st July
Choreography intensive workshops 4th – 10th August daily 5pm-9pm with Tim Noble [Kylie Minogue’s choreographer]  All at University of the West of Scotland Paisley Campus
If anyone finds they can’t make the day their part is being auditioned but can make the other day, please let us know at ydnymusical@gmail.com
Email us at ydnymusical@gmail.com for character list and audition pieces.
Send us a photo, your contact details - email, mobile number, CV, character [s] you are interested in.
You will be given a time slot for audition.
Please let us know if you are wishing to be considered for another part or chorus if you do not get the character you auditioned for.
 Website:  http://ydny-musical.com/
Twitter:  @YDNY-Musical
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-Disco-Needs-You-The-Musical/229082193925359
 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Review Sarah McLachlan's new album 2014 -'Shine On'



Canadian singer songwriter Sarah's music provides subtle mood changes.  Her music is intensely moving and full of both sad poignancy and hopeful joys.  While several of her song titles sound full of sad heartbreaks this new album does indeed shine. I enjoy her arrangements and her piano playing which always serves the song firstly.  On this new album some of the backing has a more updated feel, with slow trumpet,  discordant soaring guitar,  gentle ukulele and long notes keys.  She has a wide ranging expressive voice and songs that linger. 

I particularly like the new songs - Broken Heart, Brink of Destruction, Beautiful Girl.  I am not as keen on the arrangements on the song Monster however. 

I have of course enjoyed her previous albums Afterglow (2003) and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
I know she is wonderful live going by several YouTube clips - so I hope Sarah you might play over here in Scotland very soon!  Hint hint.   

Her song, "One Dream," was the official theme song of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Sarah McLachlan has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. She founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on a scale that had never been attempted before. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On.

ALSO...
It has been wonderful so far this year with some of my favourite artists releasing new albums -  Sarah McLachlan, Cara Dillon (A Thousand Hearts), Dougie MacLean. 

Plus some exciting new artists I've seen on the Jools Holland show - including White Denim from Austin Texas.  Goodness no wonder the genres are blurring these days!  White Denim is a four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Their music draws influence from dub, psychedelic rock, blues, punk rock, progressive rock, soul, jazz, experimental rock with home based recording, jamming approach, intense looping work and unusual song structures.
 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Tale of Two Cities



Auld Reekie vs Weegie land....

Did you forget the world and did the world forget you, Michael Marra

I am always struck by the contrasts in the two cities, having grown up in one and now living in the other
I visit Edinburgh each August for the festival and one year as I wondered down those historic cobbled streets, I thought about the bin men on strike, yet again, and Edinburgh's never ending delays with the trams and how even so Edinburgh always manages to put on a grand front…

I spent my school days in Scotland capital city of Edinburgh.
First at the historic village of Corstorphine near the road going west out of town and later at Trinity Academy, near to Granton Harbour on the Firth of Forth.  I would travel on the top deck of the bus past the imposing Fettes boarding school (where Tony Blair went), along Princes Street and the castle and  then down the diverse and colourful Leith Walk. The travelling across town via Princes Street took me out of the comfort of the suburbs. I am always grateful for the journeys.

I also met people from all parts of Edinburgh here and socially the school was great fun, with social outings to Murray field ice rink, discos and more. So long ago now. Oh dear. 



I later attended Moray House teaching college down Edinburgh High street (a crag and tail volcanic formation) which was set in its historic location near to Holyrood. I regret rushing to leave school at sixteen, I wish I'd stayed on for another year and I wasn't ready for college.  In those days women either trained as a nurse or teacher. I enjoyed the walks back to my Marchmont flat over the Bridges. I was fortunate too that my boyfriend then attended Heriot Watt uni and I enjoyed student life and parties. Oh yes wonderful student memories! College was also hard of work of course!

After, I began teaching school at one of Edinburgh's suburbs. A few years later I met a folk guitarist and enjoyed nights at Sandy Bells bar and folk festivals. The experience gave me a fresh perspective on music.  I admired the live music scene with its energising ceilidhs and the harmony singing. 

A few years later I married an engineer and we moved to Cincinnati (5 years) and then Chicago (4 years), where my two older children were both born. 

We returned north of Glasgow (where my third child was born) and we have lived here since then. I found Glasgow a more varied, vibrant, freer, less restrained and diverse city - oddly similar to Edinburgh yet very different too. 

Edinburgh boasts its large international festival each August as well as many other cultural events, Glasgow offers a great deal for both art and music lovers. Glasgow has a wide number of small and mid size venues for new artists as well as some of the most iconic venues anywhere – the Barrowlands, King Tuts, Oran Mor and more.  

Glasgow is also home of the Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald designs and its famous art school. ( I was distraught over the calamitous fire there just weeks ago, I can only imagine what the loss of the incredible library has meant to the art students.)  It is also home to the Scottish ballet and the Scottish opera. 
On my return here I discovered the music of Glasgow from the world famous Celtic Connections to the historic Barrowlands and Glasgow's other incredible venues. . 


As I walked down the cobbled Edinburgh high street I thought of all the past hidden stories - and in 2005 I wrote to a friend who performs musical shows at the festival, that Edinburgh is a city of writers and Glasgow is a city of music. I wrote,' I thought I would find Glasgow a big adjustment as I grew up in Edinburgh but I love the city. Its more vibrant and dynamic than Edinburgh. Is that why there are more novelists from Edinburgh and more music from Glasgow?

I have wondered recently how much place makes us who we are.


Saturday, 7 June 2014

Summer Festivals


The summer festivals circuits aim at every taste and style of music fan and range from -
Radio One listeners - T in The Park, Benicassim ;  Radio Two fans -  V festival, Staffordshire, Hyde Park ;  Indie music fans - Bestival, Latitude (Isle of Wight), Primavera Sound Barcelona (with headliners Arcade Fire, The National). Rockness Inverness for the scenery and eclectic line up  
Rock and metal fans - Download ;  Dance and club - Sonar, Barcelona, international festival of advanced music and media art ;  Folk music at Green Man and Latitude.
Classic rock and pop for everyone at one of the best – Glastonbury and its biggest headline acts. 


Saturday, 31 May 2014

Reality Bubble



I was googling for info online and found Bo Bruce, a finalist on The Voice UK

She said the BBC spent no money on promo by The Voice, by comparison to the money spent by ITV on its shows – such as X factor. That acts appearing on The Voice UK are likely to fail once the show comes to an end.

The finalist stated that the BBC has too many restrictions when it comes to promoting acts in comparison to other channels. Leanne Mitchell’s debut album only reached no 134 UK album chart, and her single 'Run To You' peaked at 45.

"They just put out a single and didn't really advertise the fact that it was out there and available to buy..Normally you would have a huge marketing campaign before a big release. But you can't do that when you have won The Voice."
"Being part of the BBC, they can't be seen to do that. They have far more restrictions. If you look at The X Factor, they are allowed to heavily promote an artist or a singer. Because of that, they almost always have at least one number one single."

"BBC producers are not able to take control of the winner's career in the same way Simon Cowell does for his shows. I'm really glad I didn't win because it meant I could take my time.  Personally, it is better to be runner-up as there's less pressure to have an instant hit." Danny O'Donoghue said: "That's not the fault of the BBC. you can take an artist like that and question their work ethic." 

The reality of course is that the BBC can't be seen to spend money on things like the media hype for a contestant ( the BBC has no revenues from advertising).

My view is that entrants to these Tv show should view them as simply a platform and limited exposure. Of course many performers or musicians look for a showcase for their craft – and these show do provide that. These shows are intense short-term spotlights and anyone searching for a longer term career in music should look for other opportunities to showcase – such as the slow burner approach online and those at the small venues.

These shows create a false bubble for young people's expectations and therefore often hard to deal with let downs, with some entrants as young as sixteen. It is therefore necessary to be aware of these limitations and have your eyes open to the rather artificial nature of these reality tv spotlights.

I would believe too that the general slow down in sales of CDs has affected these shows. Music sales are now in the live shows and song royalties

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Maya Angelou: Birds that fly from poverty


Maya was best known for her book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, 1969, which brought her international acclaim. She died yesterday May 28 2014 and I was sad to hear of her loss. 
Her books centre on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. Angelou is best known for her autobiographies, but she was also an established poet.  She inspired many. 

She was a journalist, activist, novelist and poet as well as many other things. I was reading her Wiki page, goodness!  She was also a dancer, actress, singer, composer, screen writer, professor, lecturer, traveller and more. Angelou (not her real name) was also a mentor to Oprah Winfrey. In 2011 she received the Presidential medal of honour.

She used elements of the Blues, including the act of testimony when speaking of one's life and struggles, ironic understatement, and the use of natural metaphors, rhythms, and intonations. Angelou, instead of depending upon plot, used personal and historical events to shape her books. She considered herself a teacher who writes and she found relief in "telling the truth." Gillespie spoke of the breadth and depth of Maya Angelou's spirit and creative genius" 

Maya wrote one of my favourite poems. She lived through hard times and her spirit won through. Who's to say that those same struggles too are what defines us?

Love builds up the broken wall
and straightens the crooked path,
love keeps the stars in the firmament
and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides
each of us is created of it
and I suspect
each of us was created for it.'  

'I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.' Maya Angelou

‘The most noble cause known to man is the liberation of the mind and spirit. ‘
‘All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.’  Maya Angelou
http://maya-angelou-birthday_

Monday, 26 May 2014

Rab Noakes and Barbara Dickson Milngavie Folk club May 2014



Songs by Rab, songs by Barbara. Songs together.
Rab and Barbara gave us a real treat with a showcase gig of their favourite songs. They both looked well and clearly enjoyed sharing the stage together.
Rab looked smart in a dark checked suit while Barbara was glamorous. They spoke of how they met in the 60s at Sandy Bells bar Edinburgh. 

First they performed duet songs - Rab's Don’t Say Money Doesn’t Matter; James Taylor’s ‘Something’s Wrong; an Archie Fisher song Years of Rage and as they are both Everly Brothers fans they performed their song Sleepless Nights. 

We were then given alternate solos by Barbara and Rab.
We heard some of Rab’s excellent and well crafted songs, such as his song for Gerry Rafferty No More Time. Rab said he first met Gerald at Billy Connolly’s house, when they were in the band Stealers Wheel together. Rab also performed I’m Walking Here from his new album and the murder ballad, The Two Sisters. Noakes sang a Dylan cover and as he is a big Dylan fan he is rather excellent at doing Dylan.

To my delight Rab performed his well remembered ‘Branch’ which received good radio airplay and that he performed a few years back now on the Old Grey Whistle Test. I’ve seen Rab live a few times and this was the first time have heard the song live! 

Barbara sang a haunting song by Charlie Dewar, The Same Sky and a very charming rendition of one of those beautiful story folk ballads, the classic Scottish love song Rigs O Rye (which are like little treasures). She spoke of her first working with the folk legend Archie Fisher and of her shirt boxes of songs. 


Rab always includes an older song and they finished the set with the poignant Doris Day song Que Sera Sera with us all singing along.  
For their Encore Barbara sang her hit song Caravan ( I still have it in my head too!) and a Doug and Phil song, Long Time Gone.

Barbara has a poignant, beautiful timbre in her voice. The combination of Rab and Barbara's different styles and voices worked well and it was obvious they have a mutual respect for each other. The two performers know their roots and are comfortable in their own skins. They gave us textures and shadows, subtle tender and truthful messages and tones, that both helped to sooth and uplift.
Their 'Reunited' Ep April 2014 has a raw acoustic live feel, and such good songs. Reminds me a bit of 'Elvis Costello and Emmylou Harris' dueting together - http://rabnoakes.bandcamp.com/album/reunited-ep

They were very well supported by Edwina Hayes form Yorkshire, who gave us funny stories and had a clear lovely vocal. She sang a Richard Thompson song and a song she had co-written with Boo Heredine, as well as her own songs.    

Big thanks to Jason, who because he cares passionately about music and particularly about folk music, runs a successful folk club. And congratulations for this his tenth year! 

Set LIst
Do Right Woman
Dont' Say Money Doesn't Matter
Two Sisters
Minorie
No More Time
As Wise as a Serpent
Branch
The Same Sky
I'm Walkin Here
Rigs O Rye
Tears of Rage
Sleepless nights
Que sera sera
 
 Barbara Dickson is a Scottish singer whose hits include “Caravan”, "I Know Him So Well" (a duet with Elaine Page) and "January February". Dickson has had 15 albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to date, and had a number of hit singles. She has been described her as Scotland's best-selling female singer in terms of the numbers of hit chart singles and albums.  She has also performed in  many West end musicals on and tv and is a two-time Olivier Award-winning actress, Dickson's singing career started in folk clubs around her native Fife in 1964. Her first commercial recording was in 1968. Her early work included albums with Archie Fisher, the first of which, The Fate O' Charlie, a collection of songs from the Jacobite rebellions, was released in 1969. Her first solo album was Do Right Woman in 1970

This beautiful Scottish love song has long been popular with thirty-five versions in the Greig-Duncan collection. The earliest record of the song may be a chapbook with the title Ridges of Rye printed in Glasgow by J. & M. Robertson in 1799.