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Sunday 19 November 2017

Imelda May signs up to Sligo Live

Prepare to be blown away by May says Sligo Live co-producer

Jenny McCudden

Singing sensation Imelda May has just been announced as the headline act for this year's Sligo Live.

The Liberties woman will play a concert in the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on Friday, October 27th 2017 at 8.30pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10.30am for this major event in 'Music City Sligo's' calendar.

Spokesman Rory O'Connor says: "If you haven't seen Imelda May live - prepare to be blown away. If you are already a fan, get ready to hear her as you never have before."

Rory explains that she has found a new groove that explores blues, soul and gospel on a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written.

Imelda May will perform the album of her life - "I've called it Life Love Flesh Blood because that encompasses everything," says Imelda. "It's all in there: birth, sex, love and death. It's the story of my life."

Long-time Imelda May fan Bono has already been singing its praises: "I love the girl she used to be but I think I love even more the woman she's become. Still mischievous and playful, still a siren but there's an ache in her voice now that has me with a glass at my ear to the wall of her world where trouble has entered the room. There's an erotic power here that's not just feminine power. She makes truth-telling an invitation to intimacy."

Imelda has been through a lot in the run up to recording. "Most songwriters use writing as a form of counselling. It's therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read." In the past she would sometimes "hide things in my songs and twist them around." But this time, she is telling it exactly how it is. "I wanted to go straight to the bone. I had a lot to write about. Life changes, falling out of and falling in love again. It's the whole circle of love and life."

Song titles tell a story in themselves: Call Me, Black Tears, Shoulda Been You, Leave Me Lonely, It's My Time, The Girl I Used To Be.

"Life changed. I love the albums I made before. They were honest to the person I was," says Imelda. "But that was then … and this is now."

Sligo Live co-producer, Rory O'Connor said:"We have spent the last seven months over and back working with Imelda's representatives to make this gig happen. Imelda's schedule is so packed and she's so popular that it is very difficult to squeeze in intimate shows like this. She normally plays much larger venues. Now that the show is finally confirmed, Imelda is looking forward to her return to Sligo Live which she has played twice previously in 2013 and 2009, both times to rapturous sell-out audiences."

Tickets will be on sale on Friday next at 10.30pm on Sligo Live's website www.sligolive.ie, in the Hawks Well or by phone on 071 916 1516. Tickets will be limited to a maximum of 8 per person.

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