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Red Sky July
Red Sky July

John Murray scours the Fringe and hears a new album from a hot band

The Edinburgh Fringe closes this weekend and what a hectic time as my own show expanded to 20 shows in a theatre space.

Seeing veteran Australian musical comic Bob Downe at his show didn’t disappoint especially when he adapted the Gene Pitney classic to become ‘24 Hours From Kirkcaldy’.

I managed to catch two shows about Madonna who celebrated her 56th birthday this week.

In Vogue at Assembly Checkpoint is a one man tribute in song by Australian Michael Griffiths.

He has an enduring love for her music and armed with only his voice and keyboard tells his story in song with affection and style.

At times it was extremely funny too and this show has impressed even the most dedicated Madge fan.

About Turn Theatre have produced Lady Madonna at The Space on the Mile and in the first week ran through all the big hits successfully too.

Superstar Sheryl Crow takes a break from her lavish Las Vegas show with a short UK tour playing Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on October 27.

Red Sky July have been confirmed as the support in the week that their single ‘Lay Down Your Love’ gets national Radio 2 playlist status.

Red Sky July are Scottish husband and English wife duo Ally McErlaine (guitarist in 15 million-selling band Texas) and Shelley Poole (half of million-selling duo Alisha’s Attic), along with former model Charity Hair (The Alice Band and latterly The Allerons).

The new album Shadowbirds (Absolute), draws from all their experiences and when they harmonise on ‘Losing You’ the voices blend seamlessly.

Made For Each Other’ is a sweet country waltz and ‘Any Day Now’ has the added vocals of Jack Savoretti adding gritty spice.

Winning fans of both country, Americana and folk, Red Sky July are refreshingly current and getting bigger.