Irish superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May has announced details of her new single, ‘Leave Me Lonely’, to be released October 6th on Decca Records. Last Saturday, Imelda performed the Irish National Anthem in front of a huge global audience of over 50 million people ahead of the historic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, a fellow Dubliner, in Las Vegas.

“I was thrilled to be asked by Conor McGregor to sing our national anthem ‘Amhran na bhFiann’,” says Imelda. “It was such an honour for me to open for him and represent our country with him at such a huge international sporting event. I cannot tell you how emotional I felt while singing. Conor did us proud and I hope I did too.”

Watch Imelda’s performance here

Taken from her Top 5 new album ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’,Leave Me Lonely’ is a slinky rock track which features a gritty bass line from Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions) and a typically powerful, evocative vocal from Imelda.

It’s about that time in a relationship when you miss the other person as soon as they’re gone,says Imelda of the song.The minute they go out of the door, you want them back again. It fires things up even more, you realise how much you want them. It’s like ‘why do I long for you more when you leave me lonely?’”

Recorded in Nashville and produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ is on course to be one of 2017’s biggest sellers. On release, the album topped the UK Americana chart and landed No.5 in the official UK album chart (her second UK top 5) with Imelda’s strongest first sales week ever in the UK. The album also received the best reviews of her career, championed by publications including The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Q, Daily Mirror and The Sun.

Imelda has so far promoted ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ with performances on BBC1’s The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and ITV’s Tonight At The London Palladium. She also appeared on Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 show, where she performed a brilliant cover of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I Was Looking For’, and joined The Guardian for a webchat. Imelda recently wrote about her favourite female icons of soul music for Marie Claire magazine

Imelda is soon to appear as a mentor on the new Sky Arts TV series Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes, in which the legendary music producer – at the controls for much of David Bowie’s career – scours the UK & Ireland to find unsigned musicians and bands to perform at a concert celebrating his career at the Union Chapel in London. Other musicians appearing on the six-part series, which airs on Sky Arts from 5th September, include Stuart Copeland, Bob Geldof, and Nitin Sawhney.

Imelda ended her UK & Eire tour in May 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. Imelda’s upcoming UK tour includes a headline show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, where Imelda supported The Who in April in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Imelda May has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson and can count high profile artists including Bob Dylan (who recently revealed he is a fan of Imelda in a rare interview with Bill Flanagan) and Bono amongst her fans.

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
Mon 20th November Leicester De Montfort Hall
Weds 22nd November Royal Albert Hall

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