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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Imelda May rocks up for a walk on the 'Wild' side

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 18/02/2014 | 02:30

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Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabrina are welcomed to Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin by Imelda May before a festival screening of Inequality for All as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.  Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire
President Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabrina are welcomed to Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin by Imelda May before a festival screening of Inequality for All as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire
Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabrina are welcomed to Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin by Imelda May before a festival screening of Inequality for All as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.  Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire
Michael D. Higgins and wife Sabrina are welcomed to Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin by Imelda May before a festival screening of Inequality for All as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

ROCKABILLY singer Imelda May is looking forward to hitting the road with her daughter Violet once again.

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May brought Violet on tour with her last year, and thinks her 18-month-old daughter is already something of a music aficionado.

"Violet goes crazy for music," she told the Irish Independent.

"My husband Darrel thinks she loves Bill Haley, but I think she likes The Ramones more.

"But both of us are thrilled because she keeps pointing at pictures of Elvis and saying 'daddy'. Hopefully we'll have another. We'll see how it goes."

The 'Love Tattoo' singer will release her forthcoming album 'Tribal' on May 30 and will be in Spain when she turns 40 later this year.

"I'll be celebrating in Madrid with the band; I've no problem with turning 40," she said. "We'll have a bit of a bash."

May was talking at the screening of 'Los Wild Ones' in Cineworld as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The film focuses on Dubliner Reb Kennedy and his career at LA music label 'Wild Records'.

Kennedy was the man who encouraged May to sing and later introduced her to her husband Darrel.

"Reb has been around Dublin forever," she said. "When Dublin was full of punks and Goths and rockabillies, Reb was there."

"He introduced me to my husband Darrel at a party," she said.

"He's a good pal, and a rare gem. He rang me up and said 'They're making a movie about me'. He was dead excited."

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton attended a screening of the documentary 'Inequality for All' at Cineworld.

Fresh from Sundance, where it won the Special Jury Prize, the documentary examines widening income inequality in the USA.

Meanwhile, John Michael McDonagh's black comedy 'Calvary' has picked up the 'Best Film' award in the Panorama Strand at Berlinale.

'Calvary' was up against the Yves Saint Laurent biopic by Jalil Lespert, Michael Gondry's 'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?' and 'Things People Do' by Saar Klien.

McDonagh's comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as an innocent priest condemned to death by an abused man who has vowed to take vengeance on the Catholic Church.

According to Gleeson, who attended Berlinale with his son Domhnall, the German screening was an emotionally charged experience.

"You could feel the intensity in the room. It was unmistakeable," he told the Irish Independent.

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