Local music icon releases new album in passing, proceeds go to Cancer Council

Family and friends of local music legend, Noel Raynes have released an album that will see all sale proceeds donated to the Cancer Council.

The Tin Shed Rattlers founder passed away last November from an asbestos-related cancer and “was an advocate for helping people who needed a hand”.

He received “extraordinary service at the Riverina Cancer clinic,” band member David Dunbar said, and saw an opportunity to help more people in need with the Bitter Suite album.

“Noel’s family had been wanting to do a CD of his songs since they found out that he was crook,” he said.

“He pondered on that. He knew what a huge effort it was to create a CD.

“He enlisted the help of some of his good friends and family in laying down the tracks and saw (the CD) as a way to utilise his talents.”

The band was always “doing things for various charities and organisations,” Mr Dunbar said, and Noel was often at the centre of their design.

“He was always out there to help the battler,” he said.

“One of the things he would do in how own businesses was put racks of old clothing out.

“He would sell the clothing for one dollar to help anyone out who was struggling.”

There is one particular time Mr Dunbar said he will always remember Noel’s random acts of kindness.

“We were driving home and saw a group of young people at half past one in the morning,” he said.

“Noel pulled over and offered them a lift home to make sure all of them got back safe.

“He was an all round good guy and always thought about other people.”

The launch of Noel’s legacy to the region will be at the Downside Bush Dance on August 5.

Noel Rayne on show with the Tin Shed Rattlers.