If you don’t know Imelda May, prepare to be amazed. If you are already a fan, get ready to hear her as you never have before. The truly unique artist has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry on a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written.
Long celebrated by peers as one of the most sensational singers of contemporary music, Imelda May has made the album of her life. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album was recorded in LA and features some of the most well renowned musicians in America (the same as on T Bone’s Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s celebrated ‘Raising Sand’ album) with guest appearances by long-time supporters; guitar hero Jeff Beck & piano maestro Jools Holland.
T Bone comments “I’ve never met anyone quite like Imelda May. She is full of life. When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. I was intrigued by her deep feeling for and understanding of that American art form, much of which, of course, had originated in Ireland. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open hearted way. I was inspired by her honesty and her generosity, and I continue to be intrigued.”
Imelda’s life changed considerably in the run up to recording, and first single ‘Call Me’ is one chapter that needed to be covered. In the past she would sometimes “hide things in my songs and twist them around.” but this time the singer tells it exactly how it is.
Imelda May doesn’t just sound different, she actually looks physically different. “I always loved the Fifties rockabilly style but there was a point where I felt I was almost dressing up as Imelda May. It was as if I was getting into character for a gig. And I didn’t want to do that anymore. This is me. I’m so proud of this album and can’t wait to bring it out on the road to you”
Taking the biggest band line up she has ever toured, the shows promise to delight both old and new fans of Imelda’s music. Featuring members of her longtime band with some additional finest musicians in the UK, the new line up brings the wonderful new material and old favourites to full colour whilst also showcasing Imelda’s unique ability to evoke the purest of emotion using her voice as her sole instrument.
It is clear that one of Ireland’s biggest exports has found a new groove.
Eager fans can secure advance tickets for the tour when they pre-order a special edition of the new album including exclusive artwork and two bonus tracks. Those who order the album before Monday 5thDecember will receive a unique code to give them access to the tour ticket pre-sale from 9am Wednesday 6thDecember.
UK Customers via HMV.co.uk – http://store.hmv.com/music/cd/life-love-flesh-blood-(hmv-exclusive)
VIP packages including an exclusive meet & greet opportunity as never offered on an Imelda May tour before, will also be available. More info at http://www.sjm-vip.com.
THU 04 – IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE
FRI 05 – CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL
SAT 06 – CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
MON 08 – SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
TUE 09 – GUILDFORD G LIVE
THU 11 – READING HEXAGON
FRI 12 – BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION THEATRE
SAT 1 – NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
MON 15 – LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC
TUE 16 – YORK BARBICAN
THU 18 – LONDON PALLADIUM
FRI 19 – BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
SAT 20 – MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
MON 22 – BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
TUE 23 – EDINBURGH USHER HALL
WED 24 – GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
FRI 26 – GATESHEAD THE SAGE