Imelda May is set to perform ‘An Evening Of Celtic Soul’ at the London Palladium this coming May. The much-acclaimed vocalist will interpret ground-breaking music first penned by iconic Irish songwriters accompanied by the 24-piece Leo Green Orchestra for BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ series on 6 May.
May will proudly celebrate the songs of fellow artists from her homeland such as Van Morrison, U2, The Chieftains and Glen Hansard – all whom she has previously shared the stage with – and many more such as Damien Rice, The Cranberries and Thin Lizzy.
The Irish star said in a statement: “When Leo asked me to join him and the orchestra at the Palladium for a show celebrating my influences I was intrigued and the more I delved, the more I realised how many artists from Ireland have hugely influenced me and continue to inspire me. For such a small island we have a wealth of musical talent. That’s something I’m happy to celebrate.”
The singer-songwriter’s most recent U.K. Top 5 album Life Love Flesh Blood saw her follow her heart and change her musical style reflecting her influences and her life. The record sits outside of any sharply defined genre box, widely spanning blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz.
Imelda May was initially discovered by Jools Holland, who asked her to support him on tour, and has gone on to perform alongside many legendary artists; most recently joining Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum on his 2018 album The Capitol Studios Sessions. An acclaimed songwriter, she is presently ensconced in the studio working on her sixth album. As well as selling millions of records worldwide, she is also a Human Right’s Activist and Poet, currently compiling her poems for her first poetry book.
An Evening of Celtic Soul starring Imelda May is at The London Palladium on Monday, 6 May 2019. Tickets for the event go on sale on Wednesday 20 March.