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Imelda to spin hits on new radio show


ON AIR: Imelda May at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

ON AIR: Imelda May at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

ON AIR: Imelda May at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

ROCKABILLY queen Imelda May has landed her own radio show with BBC Radio Two.

The pilot for the programme will be broadcast next month and Imelda is hoping that it will then become a regular series.

She revealed: "It's going out just before Christmas and myself and my husband Darrel have recorded a pilot for what will hopefully be our own series. I'm the head choosing the songs and he's the brain telling me when it came out, who's on it and all the rest.

"It's mainly rock and roll and rockabilly, the music we really love, with a few additional surprises thrown in. I hope people will enjoy it."

Meanwhile, busy Imelda, 37, has hooked up with veteran folkies The Chieftains to perform on their 50th birthday album, which will be released in February 2012.

The Liberties belle joined other slightly offbeat new generation artists including The Low Anthem, Lisa Hannigan, Bon Iver and The Secret Sisters.

Imelda revealed: "I got a call from Paddy Moloney asking 'Do you want to sing a song on The Chieftains' 50th anniversary album?' The answer was a shrieked 'Yes'! Then he asked me if I wanted to play bodhran on it too, which I wasn't sure about as they are the best traditional players in the world.

"But I gave it a lash and it turned out okay. I roped the lads from my band in as well, so you have the double bass and the guitars duelling with the fiddles and the tin whistles. I think it's great that The Chieftains have been around since 1962 and are still interested in experimenting with new artists like myself."

In the past The Chieftains have collaborated with more seasoned artists, including The Rolling Stones, Sinead O'Connor, Nancy Griffith, John Hiatt, Alison Krauss, Ry Cooder and Herbie Hancock.

The Chieftains will tour America next February and March, taking in their annual date in New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall on St Patrick's Day.

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The six-time Grammy winners will return to Ireland to play Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre on May 29, before embarking on a lengthy UK tour.

Group leader Paddy Moloney stated: "I can think of nothing more exciting than to spend another 50 years collaborating with the best voices of the future."

Imelda, who plays Dublin's 02 on December 16/17, also has some pretty famous friends who she has shared a stage with.

These include Jools Holland, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Wanda Jackson and The Supremes.

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