Red Sky delight for Torphichen Inn

Red Sky July will play the Torphichen Inn tomorrow (Friday)
Red Sky July will play the Torphichen Inn tomorrow (Friday)
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Red Sky July have decades of performing under their belts - albeit in three separate bands.

The trio, guitarist Ally McErlaine of Texas fame, his wife Sheeley Poole, one half of 1990s band Alisha’s Attic and American Charity Hair from The Alice Band, will be at the Torphichen Inn tomorrow.

Red Sky July are currently touring Scotland with Deacon Blue, and generating very positive reviews from the music press. They had a free night so agreed to play the popular pub in a night run by local man Bill Lothian.

The folk band have a distinctive vintage feel and have drawn comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel and The Judds. Shelley and Charity work together on harmonies and Ally’s elaborate guitar pieces add to the atmosphere.

Bill, from Maddiston, was thrilled to get the high profile band at the venue.

Bill said: “I had heard Red Sky July a while back and was desperate to get them at the Torphichen Inn - their sound will just work so well in the pub. It’s very olde world, with beams and low ceilings and really just made for folk music.

“I contacted their manager when I saw they would be in Scotland anyway and I was shocked when they agreed to play.

“Their music is just beautiful and the harmonies are incredible.

“Al Shields is providing support on the night, and I think he is worth the entrance fee on his own. He is getting a lot of attention right now and has been featured on BBC Scotland.”

Tickets for the gig cost £12 and are available from the Steeple Box Office, The Burgh Halls in Linlithgow and from the Torphichen Inn. Some may be available on the door.

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