Imelda hits her groove at Live Fest
Music with Eddie 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.”