Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes
Goosfest is thrilled to welcome Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes in this year’s programme.
Barbara Dickson’s skills as an interpreter of new and traditional songs and Rab Noake’s reputation as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters provide an enviable platform for this unique show. Barbara and Rab have been friends since they were teenagers, singing and playing in venues around Scotland. As separate acts they often found themselves performing alongside each other (and other musical luminaries). They have ‘occasionally’ performed live, sung on each other’s records and remained friends for over 40 years.
From her folk scene roots of the late 1960’s through to mainstream chart success with hits including ‘Answer Me’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘January, February’ and the million-selling number one single, ‘I Know Him So Well’, Barbara Dickson has long since cemented her status as one of the UK’s best-loved performers. As Scotland’s best-selling female album artist ,she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums. Her stage career has included the roles of the original Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s long-running musical, ‘Blood Brothers’ and as Viv Nicholson in ‘Spend Spend Spend,’ both of which have won her an Olivier award for ‘Best Actress’. Barbara was awarded an O.B.E. in the 2002 New Year’s Honours for her services to music and drama and, with an album of the songs of Gerry Rafferty, and her latest release ‘Winter’, she continues to record and to play to sold-out audiences throughout the UK.
Rab Noakes emerged as a key player in one of the early waves of singer-songwriters in the 1970s. Since then he has enjoyed a varied and illustrious musical life including being a member of Stealers Wheel, writing songs for hit-makers Lindisfarne, regular appearances on iconic shows such as John Peel and The Old Grey Whistle Test, many records, interesting collaborations and consistent touring. TV, radio and live appearances continue apace and he is currently at work on a new album.
Our support act is a much-loved previous Goosfest visitor, Edwina Hayes, a Yorkshire based singer songwriter described by Nanci Griffith, with whom she has toured three times, as ‘The Sweetest Voice in England.’ With several highly acclaimed albums to her credit, Edwina has opened 26 shows for Jools Holland and besides touring with Barbara Dickson, she has also toured with Van Morrison and Loudon Wainwright III.