Rockin’ like billy-o

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOING OUT -

IMELDA MAY Vicar St, Dublin Wed/Thurs 7.30pm €40/€35vi­ It’s taken a while, but it seems as if Imelda May is fi­nally reach­ing au­di­ences that don’t slick their hair into a ques­tion mark or dress in Teddy Boy threads.

There’s still a no­tice­able rock­a­billy twang to May’s new al­bum,

Tribal. But she seems to have copped on to the fact that, good though the mu­sic is in the hands of the ex­perts – and May and her band are in­deed ex­perts – there’s a niche as­pect to rock­a­billy that can lock it into a cup­board. From there it ac­ces­si­ble only to those who can tell the sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween Wanda Jack­son and Johnny Bur­nette.

Hence, sev­eral tracks on Tribal broaden out into cross­over. It’s a neat trick that not many could do with­out be­ing over­come by fumes; Imelda May does it, and comes up smelling of roses.

In­ci­den­tally, in play­ing Vicar St, May not only ar­rives back in Dublin for a pair of home­com­ing gigs, but vir­tu­ally gets to sit on her fam­ily’s doorstep. TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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Bryan Ferry Wed/Thurs, Dublin

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