Geoff Noble

Geoff Noble

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Geoff is a prolific songwriter/poet with a passion for live performance. He has a powerful warm voice and a relaxed yet dynamic stage presence. Songs that move the heart, stir the soul, and leave audiences with wonderful memories.

Biography

GEOFF NOBLE

For many years, Geoff has been delighting audiences with his warm voice, strong stage presence and poetic lyrics. A prolific songwriter, his music has been featured on television, stage and radio; and his material has been recorded and covered by many artists both in North America, and the UK.

Born at Leeds England in 1950 . After completing high school in Castleford, he went on to receive a teaching certificate in English and Drama at Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire. He then taught High School Drama for 5 years before deciding to focus on his entertainment career full time.
Geoff started singing in folk clubs when he was 16. A few years later Geoff worked the Northern Working Men’s Club circuit as a lounge style singer. His first love musically, however, has always been folk music and after a few years of Flying to the Moon and being ‘Born Free” in very smoky, loud rooms with those for a lust for Bingo, Geoff decided once more to concentrate on performing in folk venues.

Geoff immigrated to Canada in 1978 and has since worked solidly as a songwriter and performer. He has recorded 6 albums of his original music; written the songs and music for 3 full length musicals; been contracted to write promotional songs and music for the BC Government, the NS Government, and the Federal Government (Parks Canada). He has written educational material around the history of BC and Canada that was placed in every elementary school in BC, as well as many other schools across the country.

Geoff has been described by Vision TV as “Canada’s Sir Harry Seacombe” although he sings nothing like him. The TV series Steeplechasing, hosted and written by Geoff, aired on national TV in Canada for 5 years. For its last 3 seasons, it was the most popular ‘Made in Canada’ series on Vision TV, with a weekly audience of over 100,000.

Live performance, however, remains his passion and Geoff has performed at numerous folk festivals, folk clubs, conventions and theatres. After 44 years of performing and writing he is comfortable in front of any audience.

His large repertoire, poetic lyrics, and warm comfortable stage presence always leave his audience happy that they have spent time, sharing some of Geoff’s music. This has been endorsed by strong CD sales at his concerts. Geoff’s new CD, “Ocean Song,” released in late July of 2010, is selling on average, to 30% of his audience. Geoff has a wonderful rapport with his audiences. His beautifully crafted songs are enhanced by his strong voice and relaxed yet dynamic stage presence.

“Geoff has a warm and powerful voice that wraps it’s self around his songs and presents his audience with a memorable package of musical poetry. There are few singer song writers today who have the capability to enthrall an audience as he does”.

Websites: www.geoffnoble.com www.whistlingfishproductions.com
E-mail: sgsn@shaw.ca Tel: 250 931 3221 / 250 516 8829 cell

Lyrics

Norse Pearls

Written By: Geoff Noble


NORSE PEARLS


Did you ever hear the silence, see anything so grand?
A jewel of Atlantic seas released from northern strand.
How mighty seem its fortress walls, how mystical its tunes,
Scattered on the ocean, lured by tide and moon.

Did you ever see the Gannet soar, and sweep across the sky?
Did you see his throne high o’er the waves on rocky rampart high?
How effortless in majesty, how marvelous on wing,
Magnificent in every way a purebred northern king.

Another day begins another day goes by, another dance on fortress top,another day to fly;
Another time to scour the deep with Puffin and with Murre;
All is well an endless cycle, bounteous barren shore.

Did you ever see the Humpback breech, and Porpoise spin and play?
Did you see the Caplin on the beach in late June and July?
Did you see a storm from Greenland cast the sea wrack on the shore,
Taste Atlantic fog so thick, Who could ask for more?

Another day begins another day goes by, another dance on fortress top another reason why;
Another whirl, another twirl, as northern climes sojourn,
As sure as night becomes a day, the Norse pearls will return.

Did Anyone Say They Loved You Today

Written By: Geoff Noble

DID ANYONE SAY THEY LOVED YOU TODAY?

I once read a poem about a man and a lady fair,
He rode a horse, she combed her hair, in a Florentine square;
He smiled and he waved each day as she looked the other way
Always wanting him to stay, if he only dare.
Why did he ride past her window each day, and why did he never say?
Why did she look the other way, always wanting him to stay?

And I once read a play about a king and a daughter fair,
They had a love beyond compare, never shared;
And though it broke the old king’s heart, she was banished from the realm,
Until they both in sorrow fell, truth never aired.
Why did pride stand in between the king and his daughter fair?
Some words mean so little, others are meant to share.

And I once read a book about a man just like me, and a woman like you,
And though they loved each other from the bottom of their hearts,
They grew old, and tired, and lonely, apart.
Am I like the old king on the heath, pulling out his long grey hair?
Are you the girl in the window, in the Florentine square?

Did anyone say they loved you today?
Did they tell you that you look beautiful, and then,
Did they look into your eyes, and hold your hand?
Say they want to stay with you until the sun warms the land?

In The Morning

Written By: Geoff Noble

IN THE MORNING

Let’s raise our glasses high as we sing and say goodbye,
For the ship that’s now at anchor, will be sailing with the dawn.
And tomorrow we’ll be going on a sea where whales are blowing,
On cold ocean all full knowing there could be no return.

Away away it’s hard to go, my heart lies here,
But I must leave, it’s Westward we must steer.
But one more tune from Jim and Arthur, let tonight be filled with laughter
Play your fiddles,shake the rafters, until the morning.

Farewell to all I know, these friends, these fields my home,
For tomorrow we’ll be heading, where Borealis lights the sky;
Westward bound a new life waiting, in a new land for the taking,
Although to leave my heart is aching, parting’s sweet sorrow.

Away away, it’s hard to go, my heart lies here,
But I must leave, it’s Westward we must steer,
But one more song from Jill and May, we’ll dance the night away,
Talk of good and bad and old times until the morning.

Away away, it’s hard to go, my heart lies here,
This dirty valley never seemed so fair,
But soon the Harbour will be swelling, and with its waters we’ll be heading,
So pack your duffel and your bedding;
It’s almost morning.

Stand on the Granite

Written By: Geoff Noble


STAND ON THE GRANITE

Come stand on the granite and gaze from the land,
From the mountains and corries, and endless sea strand;
And look to the east to the place where you’re from,
Is there no going back across the sea?

Come stand by the water and gaze from the shore,
Over forest and valley, and heather strewn moor,
See the Puffin, the Whale, the Gull and Hawk soar,
Where the granite rolls down to the sea.

How many times have you heard the pipes calling you,
Back to a place where the clans meet to be,
With Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Bruce, and Mc. B,
There’s no going back across the sea.

Cast your nets in the ocean, your traps in the tide,
Dig the coal and the ore from the earth where it hides;
Reap the harvest you planted in orchard and in field,
As you did on your isles or the sea.

Hear a legend that is told in a song from the old,
Feel the music in veins as it comes from the soul;
Feel the warmth of a place, though it’s dark, dank, and cold,
You can live for the new, but you can’t lose the old.

How many times have you heard the pipes calling you,
Back to a place where the Kelpie runs free;
From the Clyde and the Forth, to the locks of the north,
There’s no going back across the sea.

Northern Lights

Written By: Geoff Noble

NORTHERN LIGHTS

I remember how it used to be,
Pure and peaceful, a land so wild and free,
From the mountains crystal clear streams would flow,
Fed by a mantle of pure white winters snow.

The living forest is now bare plucked to the bone,
I hear no Raven’s call, he’s gone this was his home,
Where once were trees all I see are broken rocks,
Where once was freedom, I see bars and locks.

What’s happening to my land,
Greedy men I cannot understand,
The mountains backs are crushed by pick and spade,
The streams that sparkled once are dulled with clay,
Still the Northern Lights will dance will swirl and sway,
Yes the Northern Lights will dance will swirl and play.

My valley she will heal when greed and lust are gone,
Her children will return, as will the ravens song,
And the mountains that were crushed will start to heal that day,
The streams and river will run clear, as they tumble on there way,

And the Northern Lights will dance will swirl and sway,
Yes the Northern Lights will dance will swirl and play.

Ocean Song

Written By: Geoff Noble

OCEAN SONG
Across the sea, across the mighty ocean wide,
Above the storm, and high above the moon turned tide,
Returning home where in your ragged youth you learned to soar,
A leap of faith, above wild rocky shore,
An endless force compels you, draws you, guides you now,
Take your course, on wings so strong, hear the ocean’s song, you’re going home,
Across the sea.

Across the sea, high above old Davy’s tomb,
Proud and tall, your ribs and back from forest hewn,
With wings unfurled take all the power Boreas sends your way,
Your heart wood true, triumphant leave the bay,
Keep precious crew, and cargo safe, it’s what you do,
Plough your course, with wings so strong, hear the ocean’s song, they’re going home,
Across the sea.

b music as a bridge

Across the sea, or from somewhere in the deep unknown,
A heart felt call, this ocean song it draws me home,
Had I your wings, I’d fly so high,
Your oaken back, the oceans I would ply,
This ancient force, compels me, draws me, guides me now,
I’m taking course, a love so strong, hear the oceans song, I’m going home,
Across the sea.

Had I your wings, I’d fly so high , I would fly,
Your oaken back, the oceans I would ply,
This ancient force, compels me, draws me, guides me now,
I’m taking course, a love so strong, hear the ocean song,
I’m going home, going home.
Across the sea.

The food of Love (track 1)

Written By: Geoff Noble

THE FOOD OF LOVE


Can I have this dance with you, can it last for all our lives?
Can I share romance with you? don’t it feel right,
Can I bring you roses for your vase?
Do we have the time to count the stars?
What would it take to share these things with you, don’t you feel like I do?

Can we walk through fields of green, can we share a winter’s day,
Sit beside a silver stream, hear a wind spun symphony,
All I ask are these few things, small requests that’s all,
Holding you, I hear music, angels sing,
Loving you, I feel I can do anything.

“If music is the food of love” play on, won’t you play on?
If music is the food of love, play on for evermore.

Am I wrong for wanting this?
Is it too much to ask?
Like the Moon turns the endless tide,
A timeless force draws me to your side.

“If music is the food of love” play on, won’t you play on?
Yes, if music is the food of love, play on and on and on, forever more.

My Love I Love You More

Written By: Geoff Noble



MY LOVE I LOVE YOU MORE

Today we walked down by the stream, to the old tree where we used to dream,
Initials carved inside a heart, they’ve been there since we were kids,
We didn’t mind the rain at all, it always rains here in the Fall,
At the kissing gate we had to stall, that’s why we walked home that way.

Being here with you tonight, cozy room, fire bright,
The table’s ready, candle light, it’s tailor made for two,
And dancing round the floor with you, you look beautiful, yes you do,
And I don’t think I could love you more than I’m loving you tonight.

I don’t think I could love you more than I’m loving you right now,
But with the next dance, maybe you’ll show me how, you always did;
And then your eyes meet mine like a thousand times before,
And my love I love you more.

Well, the kids have flown and so the years, the ups and downs the joys and fears,
Fleeting, dancing, passing by, life seems to be that way,
And those three words so hard to say, well I say them now every day,
I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I don’t think I could love you more than I’m loving you right now,
But with the next dance I know you’ll show me how,
And then your eyes meet mine like a thousand times before,
And my love I love you more.

My love I love you more (track 4 )

Written By: Geoff Noble



MY LOVE I LOVE YOU MORE

Today we walked down by the stream, to the old tree where we used to dream,
Initials carved inside a heart, they’ve been there since we were kids,
We didn’t mind the rain at all, it always rains here in the Fall,
At the kissing gate we had to stall, that’s why we walked home that way.

Being here with you tonight, cozy room, fire bright,
The table’s ready, candle light, it’s tailor made for two,
And dancing round the floor with you, you look beautiful, yes you do,
And I don’t think I could love you more than I’m loving you tonight.

I don’t think I could love you more than I’m loving you right now,
But with the next dance, maybe you’ll show me how, you always did;
And then your eyes meet mine like a thousand times before,
And my love I love you more.

Well, the kids have flown and so the years, the ups and downs the joys and fears,
Fleeting, dancing, passing by, life seems to be that way,
And those three words so hard to say, well I say them now every day,
I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I don’t think I could love you more than I’m loving you right now,
But with the next dance I know you’ll show me how,
And then your eyes meet mine like a thousand times before,
And my love I love you more.

How soon a boy becomes a man. (track 9 )

Written By: Geoff Noble



HOW SOON A BOY BECOMES A MAN!


How soon a boy becomes a man, how soon a little girl can blossom,
If we don’t try how quickly time will pass us by,
Trains boats and dolls will be forgotten.

Precious years happy smiles and tears, bumps and bruises, joys and fears,
School books, first loves, not knowing what to do,
So much to learn, and the years so few.

Whatever road your life may take you down,
Whatever path you choose to follow;
I will be there for you to lend a helping hand,
Through the good times and the sorrow.

How soon a man is full of years, how soon a little girl is woman,
If we don’t try to understand,
Those precious years we knew, aren’t worth a damn.

Whatever road your life may take you down,
Whatever path you choose to follow;
I will be there for you to lend a loving hand,
through the good times and the sorrow.

I’ll always love you, I’ll always care;
And if you want me to, I will be there;
There to lend a loving hand,
Forever yours,
I understand!
How soon a little boy becomes a man.

Discography

"Heroes and Monuments of BC" LP 1980
"A Canadian Story" double LP with Pierre Berton 1982
"One More Pull" LP 1990
"A Timeless Force" LP 2000
"Ocean Song" LP 2010

Set List

Geoff Noble set list
** songs that can be found in the audio examples.

1 OCEAN SONG **
2 THE RIVER
3 MY LOVE I LOVE YOU MORE **
4 VALLEY OF DREAMS
5 KEEPERS OF DREAM **
6 IRONBOUND
7 NORTHERN LIGHTS **
8 STAND ON GRANITE **
9 NORSE PEARLS **
10 BOY TO MAN **
11 FOOD OF LOVE
12 CLEAR BLUE OCEAN
13 STATUE AND BUST (Did anyone say they loved you today) **
14 ONE MORE PULL
15 CLEAR DALES AIR
16 SILVER SILHOUETTE
17 IN THE MORNING **
18 ARTIST POET SINGER
19 60 TOWNS BEHIND ME
20 BY A POND BY A STREAM
21 A FARMERS LOVE
22 THE FOOD OF LOVE
23 CRUEL MOTHER SEA
24 LOWLANDS (Trad.)

The above is usually enough material for 2---- 1 hour sets. Lots of stories told about each song.

All my material is written by myself with few exeptions.