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Red Hook Rapids / Bio

Donald and Ally began working together in the summer of 2010. Established singer songwriters in their own right, their combined talents capture a rootsy acoustic Americana sound with a dash of country thrown in for good measure. With a strong emphasis on beautiful harmonies, they perform an eclectic mix of their own material and covers ranging from 50's rockabilly to the present day.
They have supported such luminaries as Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Sally Spring & Ted Lyons, Jeremy Steding, Michael Weston King, Christine Collister, Martin Stephenson, the Lush Rollers, Suzette Lawrence, and been joined by Kathleen Nisbet from Vancouver based bluegrass band Viper Central.
They performed on two stages at 2011's Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival to great acclaim and in September 2011 supported Martin Stephenson and the Daintees at London's Jazz Cafe.
The end of November 2011 saw the release of Ally's first album 'Astor Place'. The album has been well received both here, on the continent and in the US and played on Radio Scotland, Radio Ulster, Radio Wales, all around the regions in England and many Americana radio stations in Holland, France and Belgium as well as NPR in Utah, USA. It reached number 16 in the EuroAmericana Chart and has been in the top 20 of the French Americana Chart.
June 2012 saw the release of Red Hook Rapids first album, Closer To Home, followed by a UK tour, live sessions on multiple radio stations and an appearance on the greatly acclaimed Potting Shed Stage at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Donald and Ally were joined at the end of 2012 by lead guitarist Stewart Campbell.
2013 got off to a great start with the band playing on the Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, numerous gigs all over Scotland, a third year in a row appearance at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in the Highlands and in the Fall - a long awaited US tour taking in various venues in Nashville, TN. It doesn't get much better than that.
2014's gonna see the release of the band's second album and meanwhile they're gigging around. A return, and extended, trip to the States in September will see them touring, not only in Tennessee, but in South and North Carolina also. Aw, it's gonna be a grrrrreat year!!

General Info

Band Members
Donald Forbes, Ally MacLeod, Stewart Campbell
Artist Name
Red Hook Rapids
Home Page
Active Since
Americana / Acoustic / Country

Contact Info

Evanton, UK