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Saturday 2 August 2014

Rockabilly star Imelda May at the helm of new Irish music show

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 10/03/2014|17:47

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Imelda May plays The Iveagh Gardens supported by Mundy, Dublin, Ireland - 11.07.13. Pictures: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Imelda May
Studio based programme 'The Imelda May Show', will see Irish acts perform sets and chat about snare drums and bass guitars with May. Pictures: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM

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RTE have commissioned an Irish version of BBC show 'Later …With Jools Holland' with rockabilly star Imelda May at the helm.

Studio based pilot 'The Imelda May Show', will see Irish acts perform sets and chat about snare drums and bass guitars with May.

The Liberties native, who has appeared several times on 'Later …With Jools Holland’, claims she’s not a natural when it comes to working the camera and had some initial reservations about the show.

"I have absolutely no longing or ambitions to be a TV presenter but when I heard about this music show I was very interested," she said.

"'Other Voices' is terrific but only runs for a short period of time. There are so much great bands in Ireland that need a platform to get out there. And of course, Jools Holland gave me my break on his TV show," she said.

The first episode of 'The Imelda May Show' will air this Sunday 16 at 9:30pm on RTE One as part of the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations.

If the pilot is a success RTE plan on turning it into a full series running throughout the year.

Guests appearing on the first episode include Finbar Furey, Dublin trio The Original Rudeboys, Nathan Carter, Sharon Shannon, and Imelda will perform a live set in studio with her band.

May will release her upcoming album 'Tribal' this June. "I'm dying for it to come out," she said.

"It's my favourite album so far. I'm rocking out on it. I was hoping it would be out earlier but these things don't always work out the way you plan."

The 'Love Tattoo' singer and her husband Darrel Higham will bring their daughter Violet on tour with them once again when they hit the road later this year.

"She loves being on tour," May said. "She's a very social baby and loves music. My husband Darrel thinks she loves Bill Haley, but I think she likes The Ramones more."

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