2014 began in earnest for Rab Noakes. A sold-out January concert at Glasgow's Celtic Connections featured the whole of his 1974 album 'Red Pump Special' in the first half followed by selections from his forthcoming album 'I'm walkin' here' in the second.
Alongside a clutch of solo performances Rab has been found out-and-about in good company including a spring/summer tour with his long-term friend Barbara Dickson and an autumn tour featuring a collaboration with Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes.
Other recent highlights in his performing life have been the production of, and performance in, celebratory commemorative concerts featuring the work of Gerry Rafferty and Michael Marra respectively.
Rab's first album was released in 1970. Over 40 years and more than 20 albums later he remains a vital, popular, prolific and acclaimed songwriter and performer.
His professional life also embraces such activities as media production and activities in the British Musicians’ Union.
The power of Rab Noakes’ performance also reminded me of Bob Dylan’s description of the night he saw Buddy Holly just days before he died. Dylan was mesmerised and took the ghost of Buddy with him through his career.
It was an excellent show from one of this country's finest songsmiths.