I thought it would be useful to blog about who we’re using in the film and why it’s important to support our Kickstarter.
So let’s start with the Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May.
This isn’t a ranking, mind you. I’m just going in order of how the songs appear in the film (so I don’t forget anyone), and May is first. Her performance of the song Wild Woman at Viva Las Vegas in 2014 is in our opening arc before the titles.
May – for those of you who don’t know – is from Dublin and has released four albums. The song we’re using is from her latest release Tribal, which came out in 2014.
Fun facts: she’s a vegetarian, is a mother of one, and got a kiss from Pope John Paul II when she was six.
She’s also one of the artists who is represented by a major record label and publishing company. Music rights are complicated: you pay for the performance of the song (the recording itself) and for the rights to use the composition (the sheet music as it were). We don’t have to pay for her performance since we recorded it live, but what her song composition costs is setting the baseline for the other artists who are in the film.
So that also makes her a good starting point.