Imelda May first met Ronnie Wood when she was performing in her teens – and revealed that he later joked about “discovering” her.
His singer’s Glastonbury adventure this year meant she missed seeing her friend play in London’s Hyde Park, where he was touring with The Rolling Stones.
“Ronnie has been a good friend for many years – he’s a great guy. We first met when I was 16 years old. I started singing in the Burlesque Blues Club in Dublin in the basement, and he jumped on stage,” she told Irish Independence.
“He is staying in a nearby hotel. There was a jam session, and we sang a few songs together.
“However, I did not see him again until many years after I turned 30. I went on tour with Jeff Beck who recommended us. I said to Ronnie, ‘We’ve met before, but you won’t remember’.
“But he did – he remembered everything, and then we continued where we left off. It’s crazy, isn’t it?
In his documentary (Someone up there likes me), he told the producers, “I discovered Imelda,” and I replied, “Yes, you did, but you forgot to tell anyone about me.”
Last month, May surprised fans when she made her debut in Fisherman’s Friends: One and All – sequel to the movie 2019 Fisherman’s friends.
The singer described the opportunity as leaving her “absolutely emotional”, and if that wasn’t enough, she also released her latest album, 11 hours have passedis out now.
Although the past year has been successful on the career path of stars, it is not without challenges.
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The Liberties artist was heartbroken when her mother Madge (94 years old) passed away last November.
“We all miss her, and will for the rest of our lives. But we are grateful to have her,” May said.
The 48-year-old had plenty to keep her busy – especially an impromptu performance in Glastonbury in June. “It’s a myth, The Fisherman’s Friends – a folk group that sings songs about the sea and the movie I was in – asked me to be their guest. So I jumped on stage and sang a song. Art is imitating life back then. “
Explaining how big the opportunity on the big screen was, she said: “The producers contacted me because they thought I would be perfect for the role of Aubrey Flynn. I wanted to do an audition, and then I got the job.
“I don’t have any formal acting experience, but I did a few plays when I was younger, although it wasn’t exactly the same.
“But I also have no formal musical training.
“I spent six weeks filming in Cornwall, and the plot was beautiful. It’s a great feeling movie but it’s deep and fun. I think that’s something we all need to be honest about.”
May is currently in a relationship with Dundalk actor Niall McNamee (28 years old), who starred in The Reavey Brothersis a short film based on the true events of three heartbreaking murders that occurred in Co Armagh in 1976.
She attended the premiere in London in January and said: “I am absolutely delighted… I know about the story, and I am honored to meet the families. Hopefully it gets turned into a bigger movie, because it deserves to be told and for their story to be told. “
The couple met in London in 2018, but it wasn’t until the first lockdown in 2020 that the romance began to blossom.
The mother-of-one revealed that things were going well with the couple but she soon ruled out the marriage.
“I just feel happy.
“Everything is good.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/imelda-may-ronnie-wood-told-the-makers-of-his-documentary-he-discovered-me-i-said-yes-you-did-ron-you-just-forgot-to-tell-anyone-else-41958078.html Imelda May: ‘Ronnie Wood told his documentary makers he spotted me – I said, ‘That’s right, Ron, you just forgot to tell anyone else! ”