“Beautiful, heartbreaking pop inspired songs that trip along and pull you in to their melodies and chord structures that are reminiscent of Paul Weller's Butterfly Collector or English Rose' ” - Billy Roche, Songwriter, Playwright, Actor
Born – Leeds, United Kingdom. Lives Wexford, Ireland (Nationality – Irish).
Imelda Kehoe is an Irish Contemporary Folk Singer Songwriter. She has created her own style, which is influenced by Folk, Blues and with elements of Soul. It's difficult to pin a specific genre to it.
Her songs are Melody rich, full of stories, life experiences written with the listener at heart and with a definite World music feel.
'Beautiful, heartbreaking pop inspired songs that trip along and pull you in to their melodies and chord structures that are reminiscent of Paul Weller's Butterfly Collector or English Rose' Billy Roche, Songwriter, Playwright, Actor
From a big Irish/English family, Imelda was born in Leeds but spent most of her childhood moving around and living in beautiful locations in England and Wales while her parents renovated old properties to the soundtrack of her Father’s record collection, which included Nat King Cole, Buddy Holly, Simon and Garfunkel, Mamas and Papas and the Beach Boys. She describes these early influences as shaping her love of good melody. She trained as Nurse in Leeds and worked in inner City A&E and Intensive Care departments and cites these experiences as being influencial in her Song Writing.
Imelda honed her vocal skills through being a member of National Choirs and developed her performing skills through membership of the Wexford Light Opera Society with whom she performed in National Opera House before before pursuing a music career as a Solo Artist in 2018. Her First Album, critically acclaimed, 'How to be Human' was released in 2018 and the follow up release will be eagerly anticipated and is due for release in 2021.
Alongside her Irish band, Imelda worked with musicians from all over the world to complete the Album during lock-down. Her esteemed collaborators include: Electric Violin player and composer, Sarah Mallock (played with Adele, Andrea Bocelli, Annie Lennox, Brian Ferry, Brian May, David McCalmont, Enya, George Michael, Harry Connick Jr, Jay-z & Beyoncé, Madonna, Noel Gallagher & Oasis, Rod Stewart); Meredith Moore from New Orleans, (recorded with Disney, Pixar, Sir Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Robbie Williams); Hugo Lee, (played with David Sanborn (The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie) and Richie Cannata (Billy Joel, The Beach Boys). Classical and Electric Guitar player Horacio Valdivieso, Pedal Steel Guitar player Dakota Holden from Southern Illinois, Hugo Iglesias, a multi-instrumentalist from Spain and Rick Curran from England, who has recorded with Bert Jansch, Albert Lee, Steve Tilston and Fairport Convention.
In January 2021 Imelda announced the signing to UK Record Label Thoroughbred Music. Her new Album 'Blue Sky Baby' will be released in late Spring 2021 and under the guidance and expertise of Adrian Collis and his team.