Imelda May to play Galway Arts Festival Big Top

Ireland’s ‘Queen of Rockabilly’ Imelda May will play the Galway Arts Festival Big Top on Friday July 26, joining an excellent Big Top line up that includes Grizzly Bear, Josh Ritter, and Glen Hansard.

Born in Dublin’s The Liberties area, Imelda has been working as a singer and musician since her teens but it as with the release of the Love Tattoo album in 2008 that she began to gain recognition in Ireland. In 2010 an appearance on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland saw her shoot to fame in Britain. Her Irish and British success was confirmed with the release that year of the album Mayhem.

May has since performed at the Grammy Awards with Jeff Beck and toured the US with the legendary British guitarist. She would later go on to play festivals such as Electric Picnic, but took time out last year to give birth to her daughter Violet.

The Guardian described May as possessing “a whipcracker of a voice” who delivers songs with “oodles of energy”, while The New York Daily News said “she has vocal chops that put nearly any singer to shame”.

This is a ‘Galway Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh presents...’ show. Tickets are €33.50 and go on sale on Wednesday March 13 at 9am from and A limited number of Early Bird tickets at €30 will be available from


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