Imelda May

Imelda May



Imelda Mary Higham (born Imelda Mary Clabby; 10 July 1974), professionally known as Imelda May, is an Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, May began her career in music at 16 by performing with a number of local bands and musicians. She formed her own band in 2002, and released her debut studio album, No Turning Back. After the release, May relocated to London with her then-husband, guitarist Darrel Higham. Following an appearance on the BBC music programme Later... with Jools Holland in 2008, she released her second studio album, Love Tattoo (2009). Her fifth studio album, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood was released worldwide on April 21st 2017.

She collaborated and toured with a number of artists following its release. Her third studio album, Mayhem, was released in 2010 and earned her a nomination for the Choice Music Prize. Although known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Described as "a unique vocal talent," May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.[1][2] She won the Best Female Artist of the Year award at the 2009 Meteor Awards.[3]



Life Love Flesh Blood
Life Love Flesh Blood is the fifth studio album recorded by Irish singer Imelda May.
How Bad Can A Good Girl Be
How Bad Can A Good Girl Be is a song by musical artist Imelda May, released on March 31, 2017.
Should've Been You
Should've Been You is a song by musical artist Imelda May, released on March 10, 2017.
Black Tears
Black Tears is a song by musical artist Imelda May, released on January 13, 2017.

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Annual encore for Jazz Festival stalwart Connolly
  –  October 31, 2017
This year’s food market saw 21 stalls serve up a broad menu of world cuisine Among the sell-out headline acts at the Opera House were the Booka Brass Band, Waterford electronic act King Kong Company, and Imelda May, who later received the festival’s ...
Imelda May on her relationship status: 'I don't know what I am - there's been a kind of rebirth'
  –  October 30, 2017
Imelda May arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London Imelda May sings the national anthem of Ireland prior to the super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images ...
Ball and Boe: Back Together
  –  October 29, 2017
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe perform some of their favourite songs while also singing against each other in a musical fight to the finish. With Imelda May and Jason Manford.
How old is Michael Ball, when did he meet Alfie Boe and who is his partner Cathy McGowan?
  –  October 29, 2017
Special guests will also appear on the show - singer-songwriter Imelda May and Jason Manford. It will be shown on ITV TONIGHT, October 29 at 9pm, after The X Factor. Michael lives with his partner Cathy McGowan, 73, the former presenter of Ready Steady Go!
What’s On TV Tonight? Our Pick Of The Best Shows: Sunday 29th October
  –  October 29, 2017
Meanwhile, there’s a guest appearance from Imelda May and Jason Manford has a go at singing On the Street Where You Live while Michael and Alfie try to upstage him! Rating: **** Return tomorrow for more picks of the day.
Ball and Boe: Michael and Alfie join forces again for second TV special
  –  October 28, 2017
Some of these songs will also be performed on their TV special, where they’ll also be joined by special guests Imelda May and Jason Manford. Michael reveals, “Jason and Imelda absolutely got into the spirit of the whole thing and performed magnificently.
'Craic was never far away when dad was around'
  –  October 27, 2017
Yesterday the air was filled with music as mourners packed St Agnes Church, Crumlin, for his funeral Mass. Among them were Dublin singer Imelda May, who sang a stunning version of The Rare Ould Times along with banjo maestro Paul Watchorn. During the Mass ...
The Late Show with Eve Blair
  –  October 26, 2017
The Late Show Album of the week is Branching Out from Na Leanai. Plus, music from Imelda May, Sean Keane and Suzanne Vega. Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Pinterest Visit us on Twitter Visit us on Google+ Subscribe to our RSS feed
Eamonn Campbell funeral punctuated by song and laughs
  –  October 26, 2017
Imelda May, who sang as part the service. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin She also remembered how in a pub session once he dealt with a “headwrecker” playing his most hated instrument – the spoons – by “accidentally” swinging the neck ...
'I don't want to leave you all but I must': Last words of The Dubliners legend Eamonn Campbell revealed at his funeral
  –  October 26, 2017
The Sam Maguire cup was also placed on his coffin to honour his love of GAA and Dublin in particular. Famous faces among the crowd included Imelda May, who sang several touching songs, including a stunning rendition of The Dubliners classic 'Dublin in the ...
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  –  October 26, 2017
Headline acts such as King Kong Company, Imelda May and Booka Brass Band will take to the stage over the weekend, while free jazz Fringe events will be keeping the city pumped of music, with an open top Jazz Bus touring the streets, a jazz parade and even ...
Eamonn Campbell: Hundreds turn out for funeral of legendary Dubliners musician in Ireland
  –  October 26, 2017
Eamonn Campbell’s beloved wife Noreen with Irish singer Imelda May at the musician’s Crumlin funeral (Picture: HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to say a final goodbye to the late Dubliners guitarist Eamonn Campbell at his Dublin funeral ...
The 2017 Sligo Live Festival kicks off tomorrow
  –  October 24, 2017
Imelda May plays Friday night, Gilbert O'Sullivan on Saturday and to close things out on Sunday there's a very special double bill with Damien Dempsey and Stockton's Wing sharing the bill. Also appearing throughout the weekend are Old Hannah and the Sharon ...
This week why not: Cork Jazz Festival, Galway Latin Quarter, Bram Stoker Festival and Metropolis Festival
  –  October 21, 2017
Imelda May will play the Cork Opera House next Sunday while jazz double bassist Gary Crosby will perform Miles Davis’s masterpiece Kind of Blue at The Everyman on Friday.
Sorcha Richardson talks songwriting, touring with Imelda May, and returning home
  –  October 20, 2017
Having straddled both sides of the Atlantic for nearly a decade, Irish singer-songwriter SORCHA RICHARDSON is back in Dublin for an extended stay. She tells PETER MCGORAN why it’s never been a better time to be home. It’s truly a mark of how well the ...
Watch! Eamonn Campbell on The Ray D'Arcy Show with Imelda May
  –  October 20, 2017
Earlier this year Imelda May appeared on The Ray D'Arcy Show with the late Eamonn Campbell who she described as family. Watch the clip here. It was announced yesterday that the Dubliners musician Eamonn Campbell has died at the age of 70 following a short ...
Added value: Mick Flannery to open for Imelda May at Irish dates
  –  October 20, 2017
ANYONE with tickets for Dublin songstress Imelda May's upcoming live engagements at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast and/or Dublin's 3Arena will now be able to enjoy an opening turn by Co Cork singer/songwriter/stonemason Mick Flannery. May, who played a ...
Tributes for Irish musician and ‘true legend’ Eamonn Campbell who died aged 70 after short illness
  –  October 19, 2017
It's with a heavy heart I tell you my lovely friend Eamonn Campbell from The Dubliners died last night — Imelda May (@ImeldaOfficial) October 19, 2017 He said: “We have spent the last 30 years together ...
Only a Few Tickets Left For Irish Superstar Imelda May At Parr Hall
  –  October 19, 2017
There are now only a few tickets remaining for diverse singer-songwriter Imelda May's Parr Hall performance in November. The Warrington date was added to the tour, which includes London's iconic Royal Albert Hall, following phenomenal demand. Imelda has ...
A friend to Bono. Admired by Bowie and Dylan. Irish singer Imelda May has made it, but, she tells Event, she is wary of fame
  –  October 14, 2017
There can be no greater validation for a songwriter than knowing that Bob Dylan likes your work. It’s a little like Shakespeare approving of your latest sonnet. For Imelda May, whose admirers and musical associates have included Bono, David Bowie, Smokey ...
Imelda May fans vent frustration as singer cancels Rugby festival appearance
  –  August 28, 2017
Imelda May fans were left disappointed at the weekend after she cancelled a gig in Rugby to perform at Saturday’s big fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. The singer was set to headline Rugby School’s Down on the Close festival on ...
Imelda May to Perform Irish National Anthem for Conor McGregor
  –  August 26, 2017
Though UFC president Dana White had tried to land U2’s Bono to sing the national anthem at Saturday night’s Mayweather vs. McGregor, Bono couldn’t make it on short notice. He apparently had a wedding to attend. There really wasn’t any drop off when ...

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