Imelda May

Imelda May

Real Name:
Imelda Mary Higham (born Imelda Mary Clabby)
Irish vocalist and musician, born 10 July 1974 in Dublin, Ireland.

Imelda May Discography


HARL CD007 Blue Harlem, Imelda May Blue Harlem, Imelda May - Talk to Me(CD, Album) Own Label HARL CD007 UK 2005 Sell This Version
1790566 Imelda May Love Tattoo (Album) Universal Music 1790566 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
FT008 Imelda May No Turning Back(CD, Album) Foot Tapping Records FT008 UK 2007 Sell This Version
harlCD009 Blue Harlem, Imelda May Blue Harlem, Imelda May - Jump Jack Jump(CD, Album) Not On Label (Blue Harlem Self-released) harlCD009 UK 2009 Sell This Version
2751925 Imelda May Mayhem (Album) Decca 2751925 UK 2010 Sell This Version
B0020810-02 Imelda May Tribal (Album) Decca, Universal B0020810-02 US 2014 Sell This Version
RSRCDD 2014 Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, Imelda May Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, Imelda May - Live At The Thunderbird Rock 'N' Roll Venue(2xCD, Album) RockStar Records (2) RSRCDD 2014 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Imelda May Big Bad Handsome Man(CDr, Single, Promo) Universal Music none UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Imelda May Johnny Got A Boom Boom(CD, Single) Decca none Europe 2009 Sell This Version
UMUSIC 1686 Imelda May Mayhem (Single) Decca UMUSIC 1686 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
2755882 Imelda May Kentish Town Waltz (Single) Decca 2755882 UK 2010 Sell This Version
2759433 Imelda May Inside Out (Single) Decca, Universal 2759433 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
2741939 Imelda May Psycho / My Baby Left Me(7", whi) Decca 2741939 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
2766424 Imelda May Sneaky Freak (Single) Decca, Universal 2766424 UK 2011 Sell This Version
none Imelda May Road Runner (Single) Decca none UK 2010 Sell This Version
TUCDS 027 Mary Black With Imelda May Mary Black With Imelda May - Mountains To The Sea(CD, Single, Promo) 3ú Records TUCDS 027 UK & France 2013 Sell This Version
3734013 Thomas Dutronc & Imelda May Thomas Dutronc & Imelda May - Clint (Silence On Tourne)(10", Single) Mercury 3734013 France 2013 Sell This Version
378 462-1 Imelda May It's Good To Be Alive // Johnny Got A Boom Boom (Single) Mercury Music Group 378 462-1 France 2014 Sell This Version
none Imelda May Tribal(7") Decca, Universal none Europe 2014 Sell This Version
none Imelda May Wild Woman(CDr, Single, Promo) Decca none UK 2014 Sell This Version


none Imelda May Imelda May Live @ 12 Bar Club Ricks Music Archives none US 2010 Sell This Version


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November 7, 2010
Specializing in rockabilly with a look to match, Dublin-born Imelda May has an extensive repertoire of cool covers and self-penned songs.

Jools Holland is excitable by nature, but when he spots a new artist who has what he considers “it,” his enthusiasm goes off the scale. To go by his reaction to Imelda May, she has “it” in spades. “I’ve got to have you on the show,” he told her after seeing her play live – and so, a couple of months ago, she duly found herself on “Later With Jools Holland,” wowing an audience who included Jeff Beck, Elbow and Roots Manuva. Jeff Beck, in fact, made a point of telling Holland that he was only there to see Imelda.

Internationational TV exposure, a clutch of musician fans – not bad for an Irish newbie. But with respect to Jools and crew, it works both ways: Imelda got that “Later” boost, but “Later” can claim the kudos of discovering a talent who doesn’t sound like anyone else.

Having fallen in love with rockabilly and the blues as a nine-year-old in Dublin – the only kid in her class who wasn’t into a-Ha and Wet Wet Wet – she’s turned them into a cool, swinging fusion that’s both classic and oddly modern. That’s not just PR fluff: though her musical heart lies in early rock’n’roll (she’s partial to the clothes, too - her wardrobe is stuffed with leopard-print cardigans and tight bad-girl jeans), she puts a 21st century spin on things. Her debut album, “Love Tattoo,” is lusciously retro, but as fresh as 2009. And her live gigs, where she sings and plays bodhran, are fierce.

“It’s all gone mental lately,” she says, in an accent that 10 years of living in London has failed to shift. “Elbow asked me to join them on their tour, as a result of ‘Later,’ and Gilson Lavis [Jools Holland’s drummer] said to me, ‘You’re very sexy in a trashy way, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.’ So I said, ‘You look like a pimp, and I mean that in the nicest possible way’.” She looks very pleased at this.

She was the youngest of five kids, and because the family lived in a two-bedroom house, there was no avoiding the music her older siblings listened to. There was folk (one of her sisters was in a folk group connected with their church in Dublin’s Liberties area), and the usual chart pop, but there was also Elvis. “My brother was a mad Elvis fan, and I found a tape in his room with Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. I thought the music was fantastic.”

Imelda has shared the stage with Alison Moyet, Dionne Warwick, Bryan Ferry, Anastasia, The Supremes, Sister Sledge, Scissor Sisters, Matt Bianco, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, Elton John and Jeff Beck.

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