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Imelda May for the Castle

What’s not to like about Imelda May?

Seriously, what human being could fail to be transported by Imelda’s sassy sorcery?

Imelda May at King John's Castle, Limerick

Of course, we’ve all seen Imelda May in Limerick before, first in Dolans and latterly in the Big Top at the Milk Market but now comes news that the Queen of Rockabilly is getting her own castle, as befitting rockabilly royalty. And yes, before you start, I know Imelda doesn’t describe herself as a rockabilly artist. I know Imelda covers all genres. Chill. The fact is that I get to breathe the same air as Imelda May on the 13th August and that’s enough for me.

WImelda May at King John's Castlehat’s more, I get to share the same space as Imelda May in a castle.

A big stone Norman castle defending a bridge. Think Walder Frey, but without the violence and now with added sexiness and fun.

I can be the new Walder Frey paying homage to Lady Imelda without a Red Wedding that was ever heard of. There will be no minstrel bow-men in the galleries at this gig, but a solid line-up of rocking bad-ass psycho-musos backing the baddest woman in music.

I’ll be there in my millions.

Be there.

Who wouldn’t go to the castle when the Queen is in residence?







Imelda at the Milk Market

Milk Market Music

Imelda May at the Limerick Milk Market

Why is Imelda May so fabulous?


Some people are born wonderful and Imelda is one of them.  How hard to figure that out?  Very, very easy.

Where would you get the likes of this?  Seriously.  I ask you.   Where would you find the sort of performer that Imelda May happens to be, simply by wandering down to your local auditorium?

The answer is simple.  You wouldn’t.

Imelda is special, the Milk Market is special, and in fairness to them, the Limerick crowd are special.  They love music and they adored Imelda May, as you might expect.  But for that enormous guitar-playing husband, I’d be tempted to run away with Imelda, and who wouldn’t?

Gorgeous.  Full of life.  Natural, unaffected and utterly charming.  Bursting with talent.

What’s not to like?

If Imelda calls me and says, Bock, I need you to be outside my hotel room in 30 minutes with the engine running, I’m there.  What are the chances?  Who knows?  We can only dream.


(Hard to believe it’s more than six months since Imelda last played in the big top).





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Imelda May at Limerick Milk Market

Here’s a few shots from the Imelda May concert at Limerick’s Milk Market, a venue shaping up to be among the best in the country.

Imelda was outstanding, and full marks to Mick Dolan for putting on another hugely successful show.  This is the second gig under the big top, and the second time a band has left the stage grinning ear to ear.

Full marks also to Imelda’s security consultant for the best stand-up comedy of the year.   Keep talking into that sleeve, kid.