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are a folk rock band from Ireland, consisting of three sisters and one
brother from the Corr family; Sharon,
Caroline, Andrea and Jim Corr. The band rose to prominence in
the late 1990s.
The Corrs were formed to audition for the 1991 film The Commitments.
Jim, Sharon, and Caroline had a small part as musicians, while Andrea
got a speaking part as Sharon Rabbitte, sister of the main character.
While auditioning for the movie they were noticed by their future
manager, John Hughes. Their music has been released through Atlantic
Records, part of the Warner Music Group. The band was relatively
unknown outside of Ireland until 1994 when American ambassador to the
country Jean Kennedy Smith invited the group to perform at the 1994
World Cup in Boston. This performance also led to the band becoming the
supporting act for Celine Dion on her 1996 world tour. Their first
album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten, had its greatest success in Australia,
Sweden, Spain and Ireland, gaining later success in the UK and in
Canada. In 1998 they released Talk On Corners, which was primarily
popular in Ireland and Britain, but then successfully spread across the
globe. Both have been certified gold in the United States, and In Blue
has been certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2004, they released
Borrowed Heaven, which has been very popular globally. They also
recorded Canto Alla Vita with Josh Groban for his self-titled album,
and also been involved with a number of collaborations including with
Rod Stewart, Alejandro Sanz, Ron Wood from The Rolling Stones, Sheryl
Crow on C'mon, C'mon and Bono from U2. In 2005 the band returned with
Home, a traditional Irish album celebrating their roots, many of the
songs coming from their late mother's songbook including two songs in
the Irish language. In October 2005 the band released All The Way Home
an up-to-date documentary on the band along with a live concert from
their Borrowed Heaven tour in Geneva recorded in 2004. The band
became the second Irish band to sell over a million albums in Ireland.
The four core Corrs were born in Dundalk, Ireland, the children of
Gerry and Jean Corr, two musicians. The group contains all the Corr
siblings, three sisters and their brother.
All members can also play the piano which was taught to them by
their father Gerry Corr. All four siblings were made Honorary Members
of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for their outstanding
contribution to music and charity work. This was met with some
discontent in Ireland as the Order is a British award headed by Queen
The band's usual support
musicians are Anto Drennan (lead guitar) and Keith Duffy (bass guitar).
From 2004, Duffy's brother Jason Duffy joined on percussion, with
Kieran Kiely on accordion and keyboards. The band excel in their live
shows and have been called by U2's Bono "the loudest whisper in pop".
The future of the band is
currently unknown. Andrea Corr is currently undertaking some new
projects in acting, and just finished filming a new movie called Broken
Thread alongside Linus Roache and Saffron Burrows. The film is said to
be an exciting psychological thriller being compared to The Sixth
Sense. And she is working on her first solo-album with (among others)
Nellee Hooper. Sharon Corr recently gave birth to her first child with
husband Gavin Bonnar in March of 2006 and presumably will be taking
time off to look after her new family. Caroline Corr, busy with her two
children, also will be taking time off. Jim Corr announced his
engagement to his girlfriend late last year, former Miss Northern
Ireland Gayle Williamson, who just gave birth to the couple's first
child in May 2006. A wedding date has not been announced.
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