Singer-Songwriter Barry Noakes’ Debut Album is Part-Folk, Part-Country, Part-Indie but All Heart
Based in Glasgow, singer-songwriter Barry Noakes is to release his debut album, A New Dawn, bringing together his extraordinary multi-instrumental skills to create an album that is truly personal yet immediately accessible. Having learned violin, viola, piano and singing from an early age, it wasn’t long before he discovered that it was guitars that got the girls and so changed musical direction and instead of going to classical music college, Barry went to Salford to study studio audio tech.
Then living in Coventry, he played in several Indie bands in Coventry before and after Uni, most noticeably a band called Sugarfix that he released two EPs with.
After moving to London to work as a software developer, music began to take a back seat and although he turned the violin into a fiddle and got more folky as a multi-Instrumentalist in a few line-ups, he became more career-focused.
Settling in Glasgow in 2008, a broken relationship rekindled his passion for songwriting and with his newfound liberty, started playing solo around the Glasgow scene.
When lockdown hit, he dedicated himself to recording in his home studio, finally finding he was able to bring together his multi-instrumental skills and appreciation of different kinds of music, playing the piano, double bass, mandolin, fiddle and viola and utilising his technical prowess to produce first, the digital-only single release “Get Me Down” and then the album "A New Dawn". The album is released on 1st May digitally, on CD and limited-edition vinyl.
“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”.