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Imelda and Glen to play at Higgins' historic visit

Liberties girl Imelda May will perform in the Royal Albert Hall at a special concert organised for President Michael D Higgins' historic state visit to Britain.

The rockabilly singer is just one of the many Irish artists lined up to perform at the Ceiliuradh concert on April 10.

She will be joined on the bill by Lisa Hannigan, Paul Brady and Glen Hansard.

"This is an important concert which will allow Irish creativity, performance and talent to shine as part of this historic visit," said Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.


The sold-out concert is to be the cultural highlight of Mr Higgins' visit to Britain, where he and his wife Sabina will be guests of Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.

There will be contributions from X Factor host Dermot O'Leary and Irish journalist Olivia O'Leary on the night of the concert as well.

Ireland's ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, said: "This event will celebrate the cultural connections between our two countries over the years."