This was a relaxed and informal gathering for Rab to perform in and it was fun to have a chat. The conservatory was set with chairs for the 30 or so people invited for this special evening.
We had time to chat with Rab before his set and he clearly enjoyed the more social setting. He said he sang song interpretations , rather than cover version.. I asked him about his musical influences and how he mixes both a Scottish and American sound. He said, like Dylan he grew up listening to the radio and to musicians such as Buddy Holly, Billy Fury and to 20th century skiffle.
He said his SONGWRITING was an organic process and that no two songs came in the same way. He said sometimes the melody and idea came first, or playing a guitar riff.
*For his first set he sang songs from his new album and some of his most popular songs.
SONGS: Moving On, out of Sight, I’m Walking here. No More Time, Moonlight and Gold, When one dog barks at the shadow, Most dogs bark at the sound, Branch, It happened All the Same, Mississippi.
*For the second half Rab performed some Americana songs
SONGS: Don’t say money doesn’t matter, Roll on Saturday, Lonely by Twilight, Jackson Greyhound, Where Dead Voices Gather, Waters my Friend, One More Shavin Haircut, Travelling Light, Slippin Away
One song spoke of the opportunities come your way – grab them.
Rab’s partner told me about his submitting songs for the project ‘SCOTLAND SINGS’.