Irish superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May has announced four additional UK tour dates, at Warrington’s Parr Hall, Basingstoke’s The Anvil, Southampton 02 Guildhall, and Bedford Corn Exchange. Tickets go on sale this Friday 7th July at 10am. The November dates include a headline show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, where Imelda supported The Who in April in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

I’m so delighted to perform at The Royal Albert Hall again,” says Imelda. “It really is a very special place. You can feel the history in the walls and the excitement in the air. The beauty of it takes my breath away. And I’ve got the best view in the house! I hope to see you there.”

Imelda ended her recent UK & Eire tour with three sold-out shows at Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre, which followed a triumphant sold-out gig at London Palladium (“May’s wild side was worth the wait, though her mature reinvention was the evening’s real triumph” said Evening Standard in their 4* review). She then headed to the US where she performed a series of prestigious headline shows – including New York’s Webster Hall – following several support dates with Elvis Costello.

Mon 13th November Warrington Parr Hall Pyramidparrhall.Com *
Tue 14th November Basingstoke The Anvil Anvilarts.Org.Uk *
Thu 16th November Southampton O 2 Guildhall Ticketmaster.Co.Uk *
Fri 17th November Beford Corn Exchange *
Sun 19th November Hull City Hall (On sale)
Mon 20th November Leicester De Montfort Hall (On sale)
Weds 22nd November Royal Albert Hall (On sale)
* Tickets on sale this Friday 7th November at 10am

Imelda dropped an incredible live video for album track ‘When It’s My Time’. Discussing the song she recently shared with NPR that she recorded all the backing vocals herself on the gospel inspired track, stating: “I did a gospel choir on “When It’s My Time.” And I tried to make my sound slightly different. And I named them all so it was easier to mix. I was going, can we go back to Gladys? And I was Gladys and Mable on the other one. And I named my different voices…” Check out the interview here

Imelda’s new single ‘Girl I Used To Be’ is out now Decca Records. The track is taken from her Top 5 new album ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ and follows the BBC Radio 2 playlisted previous singles ‘Call Me’,Black Tears’ and ‘Should’ve Been You’. A hauntingly beautiful acoustic ballad, ‘Girl I Used To Be’ (listen on Spotify) is a memoir of Imelda’s life growing up in the Liberties area of Dublin, and the lessons learned she will pass on to her daughter.

I love those old story songs where you’re taken on a journey from beginning to end,” says Imelda of the track. “Songs you’re riveted with. Like when you’re in the car and you sit in the driveway, because you can’t turn the radio off, you have to listen to the end of the story. I thought, ‘I’d like to write one of them’. The lyrics are about my family, and my daughter, and myself and my life growing up in Dublin. We didn’t have much money but my parents are fabulous, creative and open-minded people. They gave me art and literature and encouraged me to do whatever was in my heart and I want to do that with my daughter.”


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