Glasgow-based singer songwriter Barry Noakes is releasing his new album ‘A New Dawn’ on 1st May, perfect timing to set us up for our summer of freedom… (Fingers crossed!)

Barry Noakes is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient in violin, viola, piano, and guitar – as well as being quite the singer. Learning these instruments from a young age, Barry soon realised that guitar was the best way to impress the ladies. 

After moving to London to work as a software developer, Barry found that music began to take a backseat. When lockdown hit Barry continued to rekindle his passion and began writing and recording his album, ‘A New Dawn’, in his home studio. 

“Broadly speaking the album follows me from the point of the separation to thoughts of a brighter future and reconciliation with the past. I don’t like miserable though, so it’s all coloured with refreshing honesty and humour. My influences range across genres; from Indie bands such as Pixies, through Country artists such as John Prine, to great UK singer songwriters such as Joan Armatrading. I’d say my music was now part-folk, part-country, part-indie but all heart”.Barry Noakes

The album has a great sound, incorporating folk, country and indie. In a way that is very Eagles-cum-Waterboys. Looking forward to playing the album on repeat this May! 

Written By Francesca Bass






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