Wednesday, June 1, 2011

May plays June weekend

Imelda May performing in SpainImage via WikipediaROCKABILLY star Imelda May will play ‘Live in the Big Top’ at the Milk Market on Bank Holiday Sunday June 5. The recent cancellation of the Cold Pro Music & Surfing festival where Imelda was to play has meant that Miltown Malbay’s loss in Limerick’s gain. Since her appearance on Later with Jools Holland in 2008 playing bodhrán and singing ‘Johnny got a Boom Boom’ Imelda May and her band have shot to fame in Ireland and the UK. Her 1950s retro swagger and style and her authentic blues/jazz infused music has won her admirers and fans worldwide. May (real name Imelda Clabby) was born named in Dublin and raised in the Liberties. The youngest of five children she discovered the music of Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Billie Holiday from her older siblings. At age 14, Imelda’s first paying gig was singing about fish fingers for a Findus advert. At 16 years she was playing the pubs, clubs and functions circuit in Dublin.
She met and married renowned rockabilly guitarist/singer, Darrell Higham and sang on some of his recordings before releasing her first CD, ‘No Turning Back’ in 2005 under her own name. No Turning Back was home recorded and Imelda was never happy with the sound quality and re-recorded her vocals for the CDs re-release in 2009.

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