Imelda May 2017 UK Tour

Imelda May has announced her first UK tour in over three years in support of her highly anticipated new album ‘Life, Love, Flesh, Blood’ due for release in March 2017.  And the great news for us here in the East of England is that there are THREE opportunities to see her!

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.

Tickets for Imelda May’s major UK tour go onsale Friday 9th December at 10am via www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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 6th December.

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 www.sjm-vip.com.

 

MAY 2017

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