MY earliest memory of The Corrs was sitting in the back of a people carrier on a rainy day winding back their cassette tape over and over to learn the words for ‘Runaway’.
I was bravely entering my first winning talent contest aged around six years old.
My favourite childhood band took a ten year hiatus soon afterwards, but the fan base has been expectantly waiting and The Corrs are back bigger than ever.
Rory O’Connor performing hit song ‘Runaway’
Following a new album and string of successful sold-out arena tour dates, including the O2 arena, The Corrs are now performing at packed out racecourses around the country.
The band will take on Epsom Downs Racecourse tomorrow evening as part of ‘An Evening at the Races’ music concert presented by the Jockey Club Live.
They will bring their unique brand of traditional Celtic music with a pop rock twist to the grandstands.
The Corrs said: “We love open-air summer shows, so are really looking forward to playing Epsom Downs on 30th June after the races.
“We had a fantastic time touring our new album White Light at the start of the year so can’t wait to get back on the road to perform all our hits for a few familiar faces and more this summer.”
Since releasing their album Forgiven, Not Forgotten in 1996, The Corrs have gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide.
Known for hits including Runaway and Breathless, the band took a 10-year break to spend time with their families while Sharon and Andrea also pursued solo careers.
Talking of the loyal fans who have patiently waited in the hope of a return, Sharon Corr said: “We were aware that we had been missed and we poured our hearts and souls into making this new record.
“As always there are no guarantees and you just have to do your best work – we were thrilled with the reaction!
“All gigs are amazing – performing is the greatest feeling in the world!”
The first gig for the band following their return was an outdoor show at Hyde Park last summer.
Sharon said: “Hyde Park was so special – 60 thousand people singing along to Runaway was the most incredible feeling.
“I know we all started to well up at that point with so much love from the audience.”
The Corrs seem to have held on to their fans and made some new ones since their return.
Their comeback album White Light went straight into the UK charts at number 11 and saw the band catapulted back into the touring circuit.
“The crowd reaction has been amazing – I think as a band we’ve matured a lot and I think the crowd can really feel how much we love what we are doing and that’s infectious – there truly is nothing like making music and performing it to an enthusiastic crowd,” said Sharon.
Power four: The Corrs
The siblings are back playing together and joining each other on the road once again.
“We laugh so much! As soon as we get together we just enjoy every moment and savour it.
“Making music together is very special and we missed that.
“We love being on the road – it’s like this bubble of creativity and you get to live outside the routine – which I adore,” said Sharon.
Fans are in for a treat at the special outdoor show and fans can expect to hear all the hits along with brand new material.
The band also plans to break their set down to a small acoustic section, making for a very organic and special moment on the night.
Simon Durrant, Epsom Downs Racecourse general manager said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming The Corrs to Epsom Downs Racecourse.
“With their inimitable style and greatest hits, I think it’ll be the perfect end to a beautiful summer evening at the races.”
Racing action will kick off earlier in the day with a six-race-card giving fans the chance to witness powerful equine athletes who are stars in their own right.
THE CORRS PLAY EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE ON 30TH JUNE 2016.
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