Red Sky July

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Red Sky July
Genres Alternative, Country
Years active 2009 – present
Labels Proper Records

Red Sky July are husband and wife duo Ally Mcerlaine (guitarist in 15 million-selling band Texas) and Shelly Poole (previously one half of million-selling duo Alisha’s Attic) along with former model Charity Hair (The Alice Band and latterly The Ailerons, with Blur’s Dave Rowntree). Red Sky July came together to make music they love without boundaries or expectations. It was set to be a ‘soul food’ side project, however one day a week soon became seven and a group of songs with a hazy, alt' country, americana inflected sound soon found their way into shaping and becoming a whole new venture.

Prior to the band entering the studio to record their début album however, the entire project was put on standby as Ally suffered a major brain aneurysm and was in a critical state for over a year. Red Sky July put the album on hold for Ally to concentrate on recovering – which he did – defying all the odds stacked against him. The band reconvened to record the album, managing to capture a raw and mesmerizing sound in the studio, which translated beautifully in the recordings.

Upon release of their self-titled début album and throughout 2012 Red Sky July garnered much critical acclaim and media support. 2013 marked a return to the live scene for the band where as well as performing their own headline, UK wide tour (including an appearance at one of the country’s biggest music festivals T in the Park), Red Sky July also enjoyed guest slots on tour with the likes of Deacon Blue, James Walsh (Starsailor) and Jools Holland including his sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Their achievements so far were recognised at the Scottish Music Awards, where Red Sky July performed live and were presented with a prestigious Tartan Clef award by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Red Sky July returned to the studio to record their highly anticipated follow up album entitled ‘Shadowbirds’ which was released in September 2014, accompanied once again by outstanding reviews, airplay and appearances on the likes of Radio 2, Radio London, Radio Scotland, Bauer Radio etc. The album made an immediate impact, entering the official UK charts country album chart at number 3.

With guest appearances under their belt already this year with influential Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and the legendary Steve Earle, Red Sky July hit the road during October, November and December with their own headlining tour as well as appearing as special guests of both multi-award winning Sheryl Crow and the renowned 10cc on their respective UK tours.

Discography[edit]

  • Sept 2011 - Morning Song (digital single)
  • Oct 2011 - Red Sky July (debut album)
  • Sept 2014 - Shadowbirds

Media appearances[edit]

Red Sky July featured on BBC Radio 2's Wake up to Wogan on 15th April 2012

Red Sky July @ The BBC Ricky Ross has an interview and session with Red Sky July - Sept 2014

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