Brooks Williams & Rab Noakes
US-Scotland Trans-Atlantic Collaboration
The Williams-Noakes collaboration is fueled by a shared passion for acoustic roots rock, hook-laden songwriter pop, and folky Americana. They met in Glasgow in 2018 when Rab sang backing vocals on Brooks’ Lucky Star recording. But their connection goes back nearly 30 years. At the very beginning of Williams’ career, he began or ended every show with a song called Dublin Take Me. A Rab Noakes song, as it turns out, that Williams learned from a cassette a friend brought back to America from a holiday in Scotland.
Brooks Williams & Rab Noakes in the Studio
Watch "Bright Side of the Blues"
Watch "Jackson Greyhound"
Watch "A Little Way Up"
UK Tour Dates
5 Feb The Ram Club, Thames-Ditton, Surrey UK
21 May Philip Hall, Carnoustie, Scotland UK
22 May Wee Bear Cafe, Lochside Inn, Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, Scotland UK
17 Sep Salt Work Sessions, Northwich, Cheshire UK
18 Sep Concert Series, Alstonefield, Derbyshire UK
8 Dec The Green Note, Camden, London
28 April Milngavie Folk Club, Milngavie, Scotland
7 June Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, Suffolk
30 August The Lemon Tree, Keighley, West Yorkshire
28 Sep Working Men's Institute, Laxey, Isle of Man
24 November Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Born in Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks Williams got his start in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York and Boston. From there travels have taken him around the world. Now, 30-years and 29-albums later, the guitarist, singer-songwriter goes from strength to strength. More recent appearances include The Tolbooth in Stirling, The Philharmonic in Liverpool, Fairport's Cropredy Festival, Costa del Folk, and Shrewsbury Folk Festival. A rootsy songwriter, Williams is ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and his voice is one “you just melt into”, says AmericanaUK. He’s collaborated with the likes of Hans Theessink, Boo Hewerdine, Sloan Wainwright, Chris Difford, Dave Kelly & Paul Jones.
Rab Noakes is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. A songwriter-performer from Fife, after more than 50 years and 20 albums. He is a songwriter, producer, guitarist, and singer of the highest order. Collaborations and affiliations include Barbara Dickson, Rod Clements, Gerry Rafferty, The Varaflames, Michael Marra, Lindisfarne, Stealers Wheel and Celtic Connections, to name but a few. In addition to his songs, singing, collaborations and productions, his professional experience also includes radio production and management at the BBC. He is on the Executive Committee of the Musicians’ Union. In recent years Rab received the prestigious “Tartan Clef” award and was inducted into the “Hands Up For Trad" Hall of Fame.