Imelda May: Live in Madison, WI

Muruch’s Mid-West reviewer/photographer Jen “Coble” Hopper had the awesome privilege of catching Irish singer Imelda May‘s October 4th performance at the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Coble’s review and photographs of the concert follow…

Irish rockabilly queen Imelda May rocked a house packed into the balcony at Madison, WI’s Majestic Theatre on Tuesday night. The small stage was packed with instruments and dressed with a backdrop that shows off the gorgeous artwork from her new album, Mayhem.

An anxious crowd welcomed her to the stage of the intimate venue with a roar as she opened with “Pullin The Rug” then slowed it down with some blues favorites.

Imelda shared the story of her roots before kicking it up and getting the diverse crowd back to dancing for the rest of the night.

Imelda’s voice is dynamic and capable of wails and low sultry tones, which is the icing on the cake that makes Imelda (and her very talented band) such a treat to watch.

Imelda’s unique signature style combines classic glamour with edgy rock energy. She worked the stage and the crowd with foot-stomping favorites from her debut, Love Tattoo, like “Johnny Got a Boom Boom” as well as many other songs from Mayhem.

“Who’s ready for some rockabilly?” With raw talent like hers, Mayhem is impossible to resist.

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Imelda May: Mayhem

Irish singer Imelda May’s sophomore album, Mayhem, was originally released in Ireland last November and will finally be released in the U.S. via Decca Records on July 19th. The followup to 2009’s Love Tattoo was well worth the wait. The new disc adds just enough modern rock noise to Imelda’s signature growling rockabilly sound to make it interesting without losing the retro style that makes her music so charming.

Catchy, high energy songs like the claphappy opener “Pulling The Rug,” “Psycho,” and the infectious title track have more of a pop polish than Imelda’s debut, but are anchored by her fierce vocals, big brass and rumbling rock guitars.

“Kentish Town Waltz” is a pretty, wry ballad about young love. The rest of the album whirls through torchy jazz numbers and trumpet-fueled swing and rockabilly.

Mayhem closes with a swingin’ cover of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and a new remix of Love Tattoo‘s “Johnny Got A Boom Boom.” If you liked her previous album, you’ll love this one.

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I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below…

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