Essential Advent Calendar: Red Sky July – ‘Save Christmas Day For Me’

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Behind the 8th door of The Essential Advent Calendar is award-winning Americana trio Red Sky July. Their song, ‘Save Christmas Day for Me’, is beautifully orchestrated and atmospheric, featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman. 

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“I picked up Ally’s new Buddy Holly guitar on a Saturday morning and it came out. Just came out! Easy…like Father Christmas had done it for me! I love Christmas and spending it with my family and, although everyone is busy with work and touring in the run up, I love knowing that we will all be home together for Christmas” explains Shelly.

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Red Sky July are Shelly Poole (Alisha’s Attic), Charity Hair (The Alice Band) and Ally McErlaine (Texas).

With a sound that blends Alt-Country with Americana, their stripped back combination of acoustic guitar and vocals allows their lush melodies and strong, multi-layered harmonies to take the lead. Their 2009 self-titled album garnered excellent reviews in Q Magazine, The Evening Standard, and The Daily Telegraph. Q described the album as,

“…a timeless blend of vocals and intricate twang…As atmospheric as it is emotional.”

Their sophomore album, ‘Shadowbirds’, entered the UK Country Charts at #3. They were awarded a Tartan Clef award at the Scottish Music Awards.

Red Sky July have been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and have supported the likes of Sheryl Crow, 10cc, Tom Jones, and Jools Holland. They’ve played T in the Park, The Isle of Wight Festival, and Glastonbury.

The band will release their third album in 2016.

Find Red Sky July on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their website. ‘Save Christmas Day For Me’ is out this Friday, and to commemorate the release the band will be playing a special one-off Christmas show at the Green Note in Camden on December 11. ‘Save Christmas Day For Me’ is available to pre-order from iTunes.

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