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Irish Rockabilly singer Imelda May announced a date at Folkestone's Leas Cliff Hall on Friday, November 21

Folkestone is the only Kent gig announced on an upcoming tour by Ireland’s reigning musical queen, Imelda May.

The striking singer is set to tour the UK later this year, with the only local date being at the Leas Cliff Hall on Friday, November 21. The tour follows the release of her latest studio album Tribal, which rocketed to Number 3 in the UK Album Charts and Number 1 in Ireland.

Tribal is a rock 'n' roll album infused with the spirit of Sun Studios, where the sound was born in Memphis, Tennessee – but given a 21st century twist by this girl from the back streets of Dublin.

Imelda May
Imelda May

Far from mellowing with her recent motherhood, Imelda promises fans that she will sizzle more than ever, with attitude and a leather-clad look.

There are no lullabies on this album,” says Imelda, who is known for her Rockabilly style, a genre that became fashionable sixty years after it was pioneered by young men like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Imelda and her band will appear on BBC 2 show Later with Jools Holland on Friday night (30) at 11.05pm, performing three songs from the album that forms the basis of this upcoming gig, including the title track Tribal and new single Wild Woman.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 30. Click here.


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