Monday, February 1, 2010

Imelda May 2010 Grammy Awards

Imelda May is an Irish female vocalist. She hails from The Liberties area of Dublin City. Her most popular and well-known album is called Love Tattoo. She can play the bodhrán. She won the Best Female at the 2009 Meteor Awards.

Imelda May is true Dublin who's not washing the Irish out of her accent to make-it as the capital city's newest star of traditionally Black forms of music. Black music made by Irish people is often exceptionally good and unusual. There's a certain Irish affinity to the blues, for example. Both Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday spoke of Irish ancestors, and many Irish performers, like Van Morrison recognize in Black music qualities that resonate to the deep note of native forms.

May specializes in Rockabilly music, she has a repertoire of covers and self-penned songs. In 2003, Imelda released "No Turning Back" under her maiden name Imelda Clabby, which has been rerecorded and reissued under her current name.

List of appearances

* May is the singer for The Candy Box Burlesque Club in Birmingham. She has appeared alongside The World Famous Palookaville! Burlesque Orchestra at every Candy Box show since it started in February 2006.

* In 2006, Imelda featured as vocalist on the Blue Harlem jazz band's CD Talk to Me.

* At the Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire in July 2007 she opened both days of the festival. Imelda appeared twice again at the 2008 Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire, England, UK. She played on the Sunday of the 2009 Cornbury Festival, and after her set joined Eddi Reader on stage for a duet.

* Imelda performed on Later... with Jools Holland in September 2008 playing two songs from Love Tattoo.

* On 4 January 2009, Imelda, along with her husband Darrel Higham, made a guest appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Johnnie Walker Sunday Show.

* On 23 January 2009, Imelda appeared and performed on Ireland's most popular and ever prestigious television show, The Late Late Show, which is the longest running chat show in the world and was presented by the veteran broadcaster Pat Kenny at the time. He has since retired and had his job taken by Ryan Tubridy.

* On 26 January 2009 Imelda and the band also appeared on the Radcliffe and Maconie Show where they played several songs live.

* On 11 February 2009 she appeared on Other Voices where she played three songs from her album Love Tattoo.

* On 17 March 2009 she received the award for Best Irish Female, and performed live at the 2009 Meteor Music Awards.

* On 29 May 2009 she once again played on the The Late Late Show for Pat Kenny's final night on the show.

* On 19 June 2009 she once again played at Arlington Arts theatre in Newbury.

* In June 2009 she appeared on The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show on RTÉ 2fm but Colm beat her on his quiz which contained quotes from Imelda's wikipedia page.

* In June 2009 she appeared at Glastonbury Festival in England.

* In July 2009 she opened for Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in England.

* In July 2009 she appeared at Splendour Festival in Nottingham.

* On 26 July 2009 she appeared at the iTunes Live music festival in Camden.

* On 14 August 2009 she appeared on RTÉ's Other Voices singing "Johnny Got a Boom Boom" and an unplugged version of "Big Bad Handsome Man"

* On 5 September 2009 she performed on the Crawdaddy stage at the Electric Picnic in Stradbally, County Laois in her native Ireland.

* On 9 September 2009 performed in Martyrs, Chicago.

* On 24 September 2009 she performed in Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2, Ireland as part of The Arthur Guinness 250 Years Celebration called Arthur's Day.

* On 3 October 2009 she performed at The Music Show in the RDS, Dublin. She played a short acoustic set with Darrel Higham at the 2fm stand hosted by radio DJ Larry Gogan. This was followed by a performance on the live stage.

* On 31 January 2010, she performed at the 52nd Grammy Awards with Jeff Beck in a tribute to late guitar legend Les Paul

* In January 2010 she performed at Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Netherlands.

* 2-25 March 2010 she will be supporting Jamie Cullum for several shows across the USA.

Performances with other artists

May has shared the stage with Alison Moyet, Dionne Warwick, Bryan Ferry, Anastasia, The Supremes, Sister Sledge, Scissor Sisters,The Dubliners, Madeleine Peyroux, Matt Bianco, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, Jeff Beck and Elton John. She didn't actually share the stage with Costello but has reported sharing a toilet with him on one occasion. During a show with Elton John she has said she watched from over a balcony. She also spent four years as a vocalist in Mike Sanchez's seven-piece rhythm and blues band[5]. In 2009, Imelda recorded the official Children In Need single alongside Cara Dillon, Sir Terry Wogan, Hayley Westenra and others at Abbey Road Studios. She also made an appearance with Louis Walsh on the "Late Late Show".

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