Rockin’ like billy-o
IMELDA MAY Vicar St, Dublin Wed/Thurs 7.30pm €40/€35vicarstreet.ie 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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