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"The Corrs (Music from Ireland)" Music Tip by Fen

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  The Corrs
by Fen

The Corrs are one of my favorite bands so I like to include them here.

The Corrs are an Irish band and consist of the 1 brothers and 3 sisters Andrea (vocals), Caroline (drums), Sharon (violin) and Jim (guitar, piano). They originally come from the town of Dundalk in the County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.

The band was formed in 1990 when Alan Hughes was doing a casting for his upcoming movie "The Commitments". Though the Corrs' parts in this movie are tiny, it helped them to meet their future manager, John Hughes. After years of touring pubs and small clubs, the big break came when they were invited to America and got to know the famous producer David Foster. He was instantly smitten with the Corrs' style and signed them right away. Only little later, "Forgiven not forgotten" was released and marked the Corrs' rise to international success. Two more studio albums and two live albums followed, resulting in over 24 million sold CDs and countless awards.

You hear "Ireland" and you may think Chieftains or Clannad. However, even though the instruments the Corrs are playing are indeed a little bit unusual for a modern band, they have far more in more stock than just a jig. Tin whistle, bodhrán and violin are not found very often in today's music. However, this is one of the strengths of their style: they include Irish elements in pop music (or vice versa as you prefer), which adds a trademark twist to their songs. Caroline once called the Corrs "a traditional Irish pop-rock band, whatever that may be".

Today, the Corrs are one of Ireland's most famous groups next to the Chieftains, U2 and Westlife.


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  • Written Aug 7, 2005
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