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Sunday 21 October 2018

How Barry bagged Imelda for sellout Wexford show

Maria PEPPER

SEXY, sassy and sultry blues singer Imelda May packed out White's Hotel at the weekend with fans aged 85 to 18.

Her 82-year-old mother was among the crowd of 850 for the sold-out gig organised by Wexfordman Barry Ennis in association with the hotel.

He managed to bag the increasingly popular singer with some initiative when he offered her manager a taxi ride to Dublin airport. He says he could have sold tickets out three times over.

'I rang her manager on the mobile and he just happened to be in Ireland at the time so I offered to collect him at the hotel and drive him to the airport,' he said.

'We chatted along the way and I honestly believe that if I had just emailed him, the concert never would have happened.'

May gave an electrical performance for two hours and was supported by local man Clive Barnes.

'The whole night was magical,' he added. 'There was a great mix of people and she put on a great show.'

After speaking with her booking agent he also managed to arrange a tour of the UK for Mick Flannery, who he is an agent for.

Anyone who missed out on the concert still has a chance to catch Imelda May as she performs in Dinn Ri, Co. Carlow at the end of the month and Langtons in Kilkenny. Tickets cost ¤25 and are available from Ticketmaster.

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