Rab Noakes is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music in Scotland and beyond. Early in 2015 Rab was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer. The treatment that followed was, to say the least, rigorous. At the earliest opportunity he was playing the guitar and singing. New songs began to emerge, songs that were based on the experience of the treatment. Six of them are gathered on Rab’s new release – ‘The Treatment Tapes EP’. There’s no self-pity though, here you’ll find defiance, resilience, love, support and wit. In May of 2017 Rab turns 70 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first properly-billed, paid gig. These landmarks will be celebrated throughout next year, across the country and beyond. The dates, and the release of the EP, will be supported by a promotional campaign. This will include Radio & TV appearances and national print advertising plus a number of press articles and reviews. Rab’s previous release was the acclaimed double-CD ‘I’m walkin’ here’. During 2016 he was to be found on tour solo mainly promoting that album. As far as other recordings go, 2014 saw the CD release of two albums plus one EP. The 40th anniversary of ‘Red Pump Special’ was issued, along with ‘Demos and Rarities Vol2 – adventures with Gerry Rafferty’. The EP ‘Reunited’, a performance-based clutch of songs with Barbara Dickson, is also now available. Rab always enjoys taking part in creative collaborations. These include the 'Reunited' tour with Barbara Dickson. He has also been touring with acclaimed Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes with a variation on their 'Love, Ballads and Murder' show. In January 2015 Rab played a significant guest role in the prestigious Opening Concert at Celtic Connections, an orchestration of Martyn Bennett’s acclaimed ‘Grit’ album by Greg Lawson. In previous Celtic Connections festivals Rab played a pivotal role in the production of a commemorative concert for Gerry Rafferty in 2012 and one for Michael Marra in 2013. Rab is hard to pin down in terms of influences. He is an accomplished songwriter whose songs reflect his lifelong interest in the popular song, in folk song and in songwriting. Alongside his acclaimed performance skills as applied to his own compositions his celebrated interpretations feature songs from sources as diverse as Elizabeth Cotten to Garbage. His professional life embraces such activities as media production. Rab is also elected to the Executive Committee of the Musicians' Union so, at times, he’ll be representing the MU membership somewhere in the world. Rab's first album ‘Do you see the lights?’ was released in 1970. Thirty years later in the year 2000 he, along with his wife Stephy, formed their own record label, Neon, and produced a couple of new releases. Neon has issued all of Rab’s releases since. After 50 years and more than 20 albums he remains a vital, popular, prolific and acclaimed songwriter and performer.