It's 'Later ... with Imelda' as RTE pilots rival music show
RTE IS piloting an Irish version of the BBC's 'Later ... With Jools Holland' with rockabilly star Imelda May at the helm.
Studio-based programme 'The Imelda May Show', will showcase and promote Irish musicians.
Bands will perform a set and chat about their influences in an informal manner with May.
The Dubliner, 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 many 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 added.
The first episode of 'The Imelda May Show' will air on Sunday at 9.30pm on RTE One as part of the St Patrick's Day Celebrations.
If the pilot is a success, RTE plans to turn it into a full series that would run throughout the year. Guests who are due to appear on the first episode include Finbar Furey, Dublin trio The Original Rudeboys, Nathan Carter and Sharon Shannon – along with May, who will perform a live set in studio with her band.
May is releasing 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."