Dublin-born Imelda May has the rare kind of raw talent and timeless glamour that truly illuminates the stage. You don’t just watch Imelda perform, you experience it, "She holds her audience by the scruff of the throat, reaches down and tears out your heart". Whether it’s her infectiously unique fusion of rockabilly, blues and jazz, her extensive self-penned repertoire, her sassy burlesque-inspired performances or her distinctive interpretation of classic standards, her appeal is both seductive and undeniable. As such, she is fast emerging as one of the finest vocalists from the UK Roots music scene today.
Winter 2007 saw Imelda tour with Jools Holland, culminating in her debut at The Royal Albert Hall in December. She’s also performed various tracks for Jools’s Radio 2 show. Inspired by such Jazz greats as Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington, and the undisputed queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, Imelda is forging a contemporary sound all of her own. With a nod to the glory days of old but with her heart and soul very much in the present, this rockin’ little minx belts them out with all the musical force of a veteran Rockabilly wildcat! As one reviewer put it, Imelda has a “voice so throaty and powerful, it suggests that this young twentysomething actually lived through the1950s” (METRO).
Recent winner of Best Newcomer at the Irish Music Awards, Imelda has recently opened for Van Morrison and just finished her summer festival season having appeared at Glastonbury, Cornbury, Innocent and Chiswick House Festivals. A last minute addition to perennial musical showcase, Later…with Jools Hollands second episode of the season – gave Imelda one in a million chance to perform 2 songs from her forthcoming album ‘Love Tattoo’. With rave reviews Imelda is embarking on an extensive UK tour early November .