Imelda hits her groove at Live Fest

Mu­sic with Ed­die Row­ley

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE - ROCKIN’ ROW­LEY

WHEN Imelda May split from her mu­si­cian hus­band Dar­rel Higham it was a shock for fans who thought they had the per­fect mar­riage.

The Dubliner, who has just been an­nounced as a head­line act at this year’s Sligo Live Fes­ti­val on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, adopts a healthy sense of hu­mour when she looks back at that dif­fi­cult pe­riod in her life.

“Some­body said to me years ago that ‘you will both want divorce dur­ing the course of your mar­riage, but as long as you don’t want it at the same time you’re okay,’ ” Imelda laughs, adding: “And then the lat­ter some­times hap­pens.”

The mar­riage break­down, while ob­vi­ously trau­matic, has been am­i­ca­ble and the cou­ple’s main con­cern is that their young daugh­ter re­mains happy and se­cure.

“We have a lovely daugh­ter and we’re mad about her,” Imelda says.

“As long as she’s al­right, we’re grand. And as a cou­ple we’re good, and I’m not just pre­tend­ing that we’re good. We are still very sup­port­ive of each other.”

Long cel­e­brated as a pow­er­ful singer of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, Imelda pours out her heart and soul in her songs.

With her cur­rent al­bum, Life Love Flesh Blood, this iconic per­former has found a new groove, ex­plor­ing blues, soul, gospel, folk and rock through the au­to­bi­ographi- cal songs. “I’ve called it Life Love Flesh Blood be­cause that en­com­passes ev­ery­thing,” Imelda says.

“It’s all in there: birth, sex, love and death. It’s the story of my life. Life changed. I love the al­bums I made be­fore. They were hon­est to the per­son I was. But that was then and this is now.”

May ad­mits to be­ing very crit­i­cal of her own work. “I don’t lis­ten to my al­bums once they’re done,” she says. “I lis­ten to them a lot when I’m work­ing on them and I’m very crit­i­cal.”

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