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Glasgow R&B Society: Rab Noakes & Fraser Speirs

September 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Backed by our amazing house band The Shiverin Sheiks, guests Rab Noakes and Fraser Spiers are drawing on the era of Dylan, Patsy Cline and RCA Studio B for their performance at the Glasgow R&B Society in Swing this Friday night … in 1974 Rab recorded tracks with the now legendary Memphis Horns for his 3rd album Red Pump Special, the band who feature on Elvis’s “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto” and “Kentucky Rain” … it was this Studio B scene and the songs from the era that formed Rab’s early career …

With support from Emma & The Ragmen.

Songwriter/Performer Rab Noakes and Harmonica Virtuoso Fraser Speirs have known one another for 50 years or so.

They didn’t officially work together until 1989 when Rab was producing the music for John Byrne’s TV series ‘Your cheatin’ heart’.

Fraser played some marvellous country-bluesy harp on a number of songs on the soundtrack.

A while later, still in the 20th Century, the pair played a Blues Night at Glasgow Jazz Festival.

The repertoire that night was a feast of blues, pop-blues and some Rab songs. The collaboration was a success and they mounted a series of shows together, some with Rab’s band The Varaflames.

Fraser was on both Varaflames albums and there was also a duo record ‘lights back on’, released on Neon Records in 2000.

These days they play together less regularly which gives this event a special rarity value.

The repertoire will, as before, be custom-made to suit a Bluesy night.

Come and see, and hear, two of Scotland’s best-loved, long-serving roots musicians in an intimate surrounding.


September 6, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm



183 Hope St
Glasgow , G2 2UL United Kingdom
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0141 332 2147


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