Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Imelda May releases new single 'Girl I Used To Be'




Imelda May: Live at MAIDA VALE | Photo Credit: Max Dodson

“May has made the album of her life” 
Daily Telegraph 

Irish superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May has announced details of her new single ‘Girl I Used To Be’, released 30th June on Decca Records. The track is taken from her Top 5 new album ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ and follows the BBC Radio 2 playlisted previous singles ‘Call Me’, ‘Black Tears’ and ‘Should’ve Been You’.

A hauntingly beautiful acoustic ballad, ‘Girl I Used To Be’ (listen on 
Spotify) is a memoir of Imelda’s life growing up in the Liberties area of Dublin, and the lessons learned she will pass on to her daughter.

“I love those old story songs where you’re taken on a journey from beginning to end,” says Imelda of the track. “Songs you’re riveted with. Like when you’re in the car and you sit in the driveway, because you can’t turn the radio off, you have to listen to the end of the story. I thought, ‘I’d like to write one of them’. The lyrics are about my family, and my daughter, and myself and my life growing up in Dublin. We didn’t have much money but my parents are fabulous, creative and open-minded people. They gave me art and literature and encouraged me to do whatever was in my heart and I want to do that with my daughter.”

Last night Imelda played her third and final sold-out show at Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of her headline UK tour, which also included a triumphant show at London Palladium (“May’s wild side was worth the wait, though her mature reinvention was the evening’s real triumph” said Evening Standard in their 4 star review). Imelda has promoted the new album with performances on BBC1’s The One Show and The Graham Norton Show, and an appearance on Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 show, where she performed a brilliant cover of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I Was Looking For’. She also recently joined The 
Guardian for a webchat

Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ was recorded over seven days in Los Angeles and features musical contributions from Jeff Beck (on ‘Black Tears’), Jools Holland (on ‘When It’s My Time’) and an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions).

Imelda May has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson and can count high profile artists including Bob Dylan (who recently revealed he is a fan of Imelda in a rare interview with Bill Flanagan) and Bono amongst her fans.

Imelda heads to the US and Canada this month, including three dates as support for Elvis Costello – full dates below
Related BLOG POSTS / Album Details:

Imelda May announces forthcoming Album LIFE. LOVE. FLESH. BLOOD

Imelda May tops UK Americana Chart and No. 5 In UK Album Chart

Tickets available from Ticketmaster UK

June 2017 USA Tour Dates:
Tue 20 - Richmond, Va - Richmond Raceway Complex*
Wed 21 -  Charlotte, Nc - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Thu 22 -  Vienna, Va - Filene Center At Wolf*
Sat 24 - Boston, Ma - Paradise Rock Club
Sun 25 - Philadelphia, Pa - Union Transfer       
Tue 27 - New York, Ny - Webster Hall
Wed 28 - Toronto, On - Danforth Music Hall
Fri 30 - Chicago, Il - Park West
*SUPPORTING Elvis Costello

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