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Imelda Mary Higham (born Imelda Mary Clabby; 1974), professionally known as Imelda May, is an Irish musician, producer and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, May began her career in music at 16 by performing with a number of local bands and musician, before she formed her own band in 2002. She released her debut studio album, “No Turning Back”, in 2003 and relocated to London with husband, guitarist Darrel Higham, after its release.
Although known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Described as "a unique vocal talent," May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.