RED SKY JULY
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 debut 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 debut album late in 2011 and throughout 2012, Red Sky July garnered much critical acclaim and media support including interviews and/or sessions with the likes of ‘BBC Breakfast’ TV (BBC1); ‘LIVE with Gabby’ TV show (Channel 5); Weekend Wogan & Steve Wright (BBC Radio 2); Robert Elms & Jo Good (BBC Radio London); Ricky Ross (BBC Radio Scotland); and Billy Sloan (Radio Clyde). Further to this the band enjoyed lots of airplay with huge support from BBC Radio 2 (Jeremy Vine / Vanessa Feltz / Alex Lester / Claudia Winkleman / Janice Long / Bob Harris) and countless local stations.
2013 marked a return to the live scene for Red Sky July. As well as performing their own headline, UK wide tour (including an appearance at one of the country’s biggest music festival T in the Park), the band also enjoyed support slots on tour with the likes of Deacon Blue and James Walsh (Starsailor). With fantastic reviews rolling in, the band were invited to appear as special guests of Jools Holland as part of his UK Summer Tour and made such an impression that they were invited back to perform at 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 recently returned to the studio to record their highly anticipated follow up album entitled ‘Shadowbirds’ which is set for a release in a year that is already shaping up to be a monumental one for the band, kicking off with appearances alongside renowned Nashville singer/songwriter, Beth Nielsen Chapman on her UK tour.