Ally McErlaine

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Alistair Manson "Ally" McErlaine is a Scottish guitarist, best known for his work with the band Texas, which he has been a member of since 1988.[1] Ally is also a member of Red Sky July who released their self-titled debut album on 17 October 2011.


McErlaine married Shelly Poole from Alisha's Attic in 2001. Other works aside from Texas, included a guest appearance on Rufus Wainwright's second album, Poses (2001), and Alain Bashung's 1994 album Chatterton.[2] He was also the lead guitarist on the soundtrack album for the 2004 remake of the film, Alfie, along with Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart.

He wrote and played guitar on two songs on Daisy Dares You's album, Rush on Jive Records.

McErlaine also wrote and played on the song "Hope", with Jack Savoretti and his wife Shelly Poole from her album, Hard Time for the Dreamer. It was released on Transistor Records in June 2005. It received airplay on BBC Radio 2 in November 2005.

McErlaine also played guitar on Gabrielle's fifth album, Always. In 2009, he started the alternative country band, Red Sky July, with his wife and Charity Hair, the latter a singer from Miami, Florida.


He is the only band member, other than Sharleen Spiteri and John McElhone, to be credited with being a founder member of Texas.

September 2009 collapse[edit]

On 8 September 2009, McErlaine was hospitalized after he collapsed with a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 41. His chances of recovery were initially unclear.[3][4] McErlaine was in a coma for nine weeks, and spent six and a half months in hospital, before being discharged to continue to recover at home. By July 2010, McErlaine had recovered enough to perform on stage in several shows with Red Sky July, and had a chance to join Texas for their tour in 2011.[5]



  1. ^ "Ally McErlaine". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ Chatterton (album booklet). Alain Bashung. Barclay Records. 1994. 523 111-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Reporter, News (12 September 2009). "Texas guitarist suffers brain haemorrhage". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Texas Guitarist 'Critical' After Brain Haemorrhage". 12 September 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  5. ^ Davidson, Lynn (13 June 2010). "Guitarist Ally McErlaine set to tour with Texas again after recovering from aneurysm". Retrieved 24 March 2019.