Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes has died at the age of 75. He passed away in hospital on Friday after a career spanning over half a century, with more than 20 albums to his name.

First playing professionally in 1967, he went on to be a founding member of folk rock band Stealers Wheel and performed at festivals such as Celtic Connections.

Val McDermid, the best-selling crime writer who, like Noakes, is from Fife, paid tribute to the man she has known since she was a teenager.

“In tears at the news of Rab Noakes’ death. Known and loved this generous, talented, open-hearted man since I was 14, never known a kinder soul. Or a better guitarist,” she said.

Noakes died on 11 November 2022, at the age of 75. Rab Noakes sadly passed away in hospital on Friday after a battle with cancer.

Before setting up production company Neon with his wife, Noakes worked for the BBC for eight years. May he rest in peace