Wednesday 17 January 2018

Imelda May on 'climbing the walls' after her daughter Violet's birth

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Imelda May was ‘climbing the walls’ for the six weeks after she celebrated the birth of her daughter Violet.

The Irish singer was housebound after her Caesarean section and said she was itching to leave the house.

“I was so over-tired, I couldn’t sleep,” she told

“I wasn’t allowed out of the house for six weeks, I was just dying to get out, even if just for a walk. I was climbing the walls.”

The new mum said her song-writing inspiration for her new album ‘Tribal’ kicked in five months after giving birth.

“About five months after having the baby, I was completely sleep-deprived,” she said.

“I was rocking her with my foot and then I could feel it [the song], it just started flying.”

Imelda said she does believe her upbringing in the Liberties, Dublin influenced her music.

“You suck things from wherever you’re brought up, your life makes you who you are,” she said.

“I’ve got a good backbone from living in the Liberties.”

The singer said she will always remember the advice her mother gave her as a young girl that singing is ‘like telling a story’.

“Remember you’re just telling a story, it just so happens to be music [she said],” Imelda said.

“Whether you’re singing your song, or someone else’s, it’s just a story.

“When I see someone singing a sad song with a happy face, I’m like ‘You’re not telling the story!’.”

Watch the video above for the full interview with's Barry Egan.


We’re giving away three pairs of VIP tickets to Imelda’s O2 concerts in December. One lucky winner will also get to meet the star and get a signed copy of her new album.

To win, all you have to do is answer the following question: Where in Dublin is Imelda May from?

Email your answer to with 'Imelda May' in the subject line to be in with a chance to win.

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