Friday, 27th October, 2017 – Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters its 13th year of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
25th – 30th October 2017 Live is delighted to announce IMELDA MAY will headline the Festival’s Friday night, 27th October 2017 in the Knocknarea Arena at 8.30 pm.  Tickets are on sale now from, and the Hawk’s Well Theatre (071 9161518).

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.

She has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry on a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written. Long celebrated as one of the most sensational singers of contemporary music, Imelda May has made 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.”

The album was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett and features a band of some of the finest musicians in America with guest appearances by guitar hero Jeff Beck and piano maestro Jools Holland. 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’s reputation as a vocalist can be deduced from the company she keeps, performing over the years with Lou Reed, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, Meat Loaf, David Gilmore, Sinead O’Connor, Wanda Jackson,

So meet the new Imelda May and prepare to be amazed. “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 are on sale now from, the Hawks Well or by phone on 071 916 1518.

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