Adding to the musical mix

Red Sky July who will be supporting Sir Tom Jones when he plays Falkirk Stadium on August 1
Red Sky July who will be supporting Sir Tom Jones when he plays Falkirk Stadium on August 1

Support acts are usually up and coming artistes or, to put it kindly, those whose career is on the wane.

But that’s certainly not the case with the opening trio who will take to the stage at Falkirk Stadium on August 1 prior to Sir Tom Jones.

Red Sky July has an impressive musical pedigree – Ally McErlaine has been a guitarist with Texas for over 25 years, while his wife Shelly Poole was previously one half of million-selling duo Aisha’s Attic. They are joined by former model Charity Hair, who was previously in The Alice Band and latterly The Ailerons with Blur’s Dave Rowntree.

The trio formed in 2009, the same year Ally McErlaine collapsed with a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 41. Thankfully he recovered and by the following year was able to perform again with Red Sky July.

In their relatively short time together they have already achieved success with two albums and have supported such headline acts as Deacon Blue, Jools Holland, Beth Neilson Chapman, Steve Earle, Sheryl Crow and 10cc.

Ally said: “Sir Tom Jones is a music legend so we’re absolutely delighted to be supporting him on the Scottish leg of his UK and European tour.

“We can’t wait to get out there, to perform live and share some of our favourite material from our catalogue of songs.”

Sir Tom, whose hits include It’s Not Unusual and Delilah, will perform in Falkirk as part of his US and European tour which kicked off in June.

Les Kidger, director of LCC Live, the concert promoter for Sir Tom’s Falkirk show said: “We’re delighted to announce Red Sky July as the support act. They’ve had great success over the years, are superb live and their wonderful blend of indie and country will add to the eclectic mix of musical genres on the night.”

He added that with the show just over two weeks away tickets have been selling well but there are still a few available.

Priced from £40 they are available online at or by calling 0844 888 9991.