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Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes will play Mareel on Sunday 8 June, presented by Shetland Arts. Playing a wonderful blend of folk songs, classic pop influences and self written favourites, Barbara and Rab will recall their early years playing in Scottish folk clubs and concert halls.

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), creating a lifetime bond. Subsequently, they have occasionally performed live together, sang on each other’s records, and remained friends for over 40 years. Both have established diverse solo careers, winning awards and praise for their work in many fields.

Shetland Arts’ Marketing Officer, Lisa Ward, said: “Rab’s continuing reputation as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters and Barbara’s skills as an interpreter of new and traditional songs provide an enviable platform for this unique concert. We expect it will be very popular!”

Tartan Clefs 2012.Pictures by Chris James 17/11/12.

Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes

From her folk scene roots to mainstream chart success with hits including ‘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. Barbara was awarded an O.B.E. by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2002 New Year’s Honours for her services to music and drama.

Rab Noakes 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, lots of records, interesting collaborations and consistent touring. TV, radio and live appearances continue apace

Tickets for this concert will go on sale this Friday (6 Dec) via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, and online at and

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