My Imelda May t.shirt is one of my favourites and I wear it lots.....as you can see here taking tea at Lee Rosys in Nottingham.
I was lucky enough to meet Imelda backstage after her gig in Cambridge last year (please excuse the slightly stalker-ish, bemused expression on my face!!!) and she is an absolute doll. Very sweet and genuine, full of amusing stories, anecdotes and Irish charm.
Back in Summer 2010 Imelda played a free gig in Nottingham's Old Market Square and I went along to watch with a group of friends. A great time was had by all.
Last month I saw Imelda perform at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall which was fantastic. Our seats were only a few rows back from the stage so we got a great view. It was strange watching her perform at an all seater venue as you do want to bop about to the music but it did feel quite intimate and gave Imelda the chance to tell us all a few little stories associated to the songs. It also showed what a true professional she was as she strutted around on stage in high high heels and a skin tight dress with no need for comfort breaks despite being heavily pregnant.
Imelda's music has now crossed over into the mainstream thanks to performances on TV programmes such as Jools Holland. You can also hear her songs as background to TV ads.....most notably for SKY TV. This has helped to attract a wider audience and increase her well deserved popularity and success.
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Imelda and her husband Daryl all the best with their new bundle of joy when it arrives and look forward to seeing her perform again in the near future.