A sudden burst of inspiration overtook me last week. What a delight because such moments are rarities nowadays! The creative process is a fickle beast and how happy I am that it’s come back for now! I’m still working on producing this little number but I’m just too excited so I’m sharing a preview right now. Looking forward to recording over these horrendous guide vox of mine with a brilliant singer in a few weeks time, but for now, enjoy!
Last Friday saw a belter of a night of music in Richmond Fort in Millmount Cultural Quarter, Drogheda. Louth traditional musicians Kern, with support from Drogheda singer-songwriter Gene Carolan, showcased local, contemporary talent in the new music venue which holds much promise for future, intimate gigs in the town.
A performance space which was neither too big nor too small for both, Richmond Fort is a delightful room to enjoy music in. The small upstairs room was cosy, bright and comfortable while boasting a high ceiling which carried the sound adequately. A professional sound set up surrounded by thoughtful and considered lighting made for a delightful setting in which to enjoy the music.
Gene Carolan opened the night, delivering a showcase of original songs which reflected his life experiences to date while looking brightly to the future of Drogheda, the town hosting this years Fleadh. Usually flanked by his brothers on stage, Gene carried a big show solo with his intricate fingerpicking guitar skills which seamlessly blended into his songs. His charming personality warmed the audience and his honesty and authenticity leaves no doubt that Gene has a long, sparkling musical career ahead of him.
Kern, a trio of musicians from south, mid and north Louth respectively, SJ McArdle (lead vocal, guitars, harmonica), Brendan McCreanor (uilleann pipes, whistles and backing vocal) and Barry Kieran (fiddle and floor stomper/fire-out-putter!) are the counties’ gem in contemporary folk and traditional music. Opening with the first two tracks from their debut album False Deceiver produced by Trevor Hutchinson, one can see instantly why their record was so well received. Executed so well on the stage, one would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the CD and the live performance! A testament to their first class musical talents and the production of the album which in both settings sound full, warm and beautifully thought-out. Ale saw fiddle player Barry take the solo with the beautifully charming The Ale is Dear Scottish reel later accompanied by Brendan on the low whistle and SJ on acoustic guitar. The nuances of Barry’s fiddle playing so clearly audible in the perfect room, I couldn’t help by gaze in awe at his tasteful dexterity. The sudden break into the faster Teampall An Ghleanntain hits you right in the solar plexus followed by Crooked Road to Dublin, a delight to hear so early in the set as it sets the tone for the entire show.
Savage gig tonight from Louth musicians @bandkern in Drogheda 💞 Excellent band 😄 #kern #trad #hup #tune #music #band #musicians #traditionalirishmusic #fiddle #uilleannpipes #guitar #guitarist #sing #singer #drogheda #louth #irish #ireland #dundalk #lovethem #irishmusic #support #fan #superfan #whistle #jig #reel #playmusic #livemusic
SJ’s years of being a singer-songwriter in his own right, took him around Europe with multiple recordings under his belt. A natural front-man, his ad-libbed jokes and natural dry wit between songs left the room laughing hysterically. With the sudden realisation that most of the songs in their current repertoire are marine-themed, SJ made light-hearted banter about the coincidence while pointing out the true issues at hand, such as the sorrows of Irish emigration, love and loss. The town of Drogheda has a rich history of Irish maritime, my own great-grandfather worked on the port so it was a delight to hear a local group pay tribute to such an important part of our hertitage.
The group’s set has expanded since the last time I caught them, in Dublin’s infamous Cobblestone pub and venue. New jig sets, reel sets, new songs and sounds hint at what the band’s sophomore album will sound like. With each musician offering so much variety and creativity to the collective sound, backing vocals, harmonica, various whistles and last but not least, a growing number of guitars (acoustic and electric) and a plethora of pedals to boot/Converse (SJ even worked in live looping with absolute precision and perfection), it’s obvious that the possibilities for the future of Kern are endless! It’s refreshing to catch such an innovative band with traditional values at it’s heart and it’s wonderful that the musical heritage of Louth is being honoured in such a beautiful way.
Hup lads! Can’t wait for the next one! Here’s hoping there’ll be more of the like in Richmond Fort!
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I haven’t made a single post here in a year and half and I’ve been very aware of it. I’ve been in two minds whether to continue this blog or not and if I do, should it be a personal blog or professional music blog? I haven’t been able to find what resonates with me so I just left it for the time being.
2017 was a weird year. I didn’t play a single gig. I have felt very disconnected from music and to be honest, disconnected from myself. 2017 was quite frankly a dark year. It started in January with the loss of my cat and while that might seem insignificant compared to what else is going on in the world, it hit me very deeply. I loved her very much and I can’t really talk about her still without welling up. The part of my heart she lived in went with her when she left this life.
I spent much of the first half of the year alone, unable to move with her loss. The raw emotions I was going through didn’t inspire me to write music, chase jobs or even seek out other people to make music with.
However life did pick back up, I was chased to record music for an old college friend, it was a very creative and busy few months. I fostered a cat with her kittens for the Drogheda Animal Rescue centre and ended up adopting them. By the time all that settled down, I found out I won a scholarship to start my Music Research Masters in September.
Returning to college was an incredibly anxious time and the transition is still happening. It’s all very different to my previous 6 years of study and I’m still finding my feet. However I’m starting to feel creative again, I want to play music again and I want to listen to music again.
2017 had it’s great moments- going for dinner with Jim Corr (wow!), going to gigs to see Kern and then Anto Drennan, completing a Sound Therapy course, recording Fiona in my studio, talking about the creative process with Chela in Canada, watching my childhood best friend get married and of course, her crazy hen party!
Goodbye 2017, may 2018 be more fruitful and productive! Maybe I’ll come back to the stage?
Two days after the Corrs played the Marquee, Cork and I’m still reeling. I have never felt such profound happiness, love, devotion and respect in all my life. Absolutely every little thing that happened at the concert was nothing short of amazing.
Where do I start?!
A Corrs fan from the word go, as a teenager I dreamed about the life the Corrs lived. Their astounding beauty and style coupled with their amazing music had me spellbound. How exquisite were Sharon Corr’s violin melodies? How angelic were Andrea’s vocals? How utterly mind-blowing was Caroline’s drumming? And how much did Jim rock his black and white Fender Strat and every other instrument he put his hands on?! I was ever-so-mildly obsessed!
Lansdowne Road happened. My first concert and my first time seeing the Corrs in real-life. I was truly smitten.
Next time I saw them was 2004 in the Point, Dublin. A very polite concert- in complete contrast to the dancing and celebrating in Lansdowne Road, the audience sat and clapped. I just wanted to scream “I love you Jim!!!” Nevermind- my sister did that for me! Jim looked up into the seating area in our direction in bewildered amusement!
Fast forward to 2016. January saw their spirited return to the Point. I have already blogged about that amazing night: Bring on the Night- The Corrs Dazzling Homecoming Gig, Dublin 28-01-16 | Audio_Girl so no need to delay, let’s talk about Cork!
That evening something amazing happened and we found ourselves invited backstage to meet and greet! How incredibly LUCKY were we?!!! We jumped up and down in excitement, fixed our hair, lashed on perfume and wondered out loud what on Earth were we going to say to the Corrs?!!!
When we got backstage we were in awe of our surroundings. The Corrs crew were like a family and were so warm and friendly to us. My knees went weak when I caught a glimpse of Jim peeping his head out of the band-room. There was my greatest inspiration!!!
When he came out, he was beaming. His smile broke my heart there and then (in the nicest possible way!). He looked ultra-cool in his black and white kicks, black jeans and grey camo t-shirt. Sporting a sexy, scruffy stubble and his hair spiked up, he was the picture of youthful joy and well-being.
I watched Jim (open-mouthed!) talking to the other lucky fans and suddenly manager John Hughes was by my side, chatting to us. I recognised him immediately. A moment after he drifted off, Andrea literally bounced over to us, talking excitedly about our pizza party she seen online while she was on her way down! She talked to us like a giggling school-girl and busily signed our merchandise and posed for selfies. Caroline was with her, much quieter and reserved but eager to say hello and graciously signed autographs and allowed photos. I was astounded by her natural beauty- herself and Andrea were total goddesses!
Thank you @andreacorrofficial ❤ you are an absolute lady!!! I loved every second I spent in your presence! Xxxxx #andreacorr #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #backstage #meetandgreet #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #myhero #blessed #luckyme #thecorrsfan #thecorrsofficial #thecorrscomeback #yay #happy #thankyou #corrmunity #babycorr #wow #thecorrsband #beautiful #loveher
I'm so incredibly lucky I got to meet Caroline Corr yesterday! She's such a sweetheart! Thank you very much beautiful lady 😍 #carolinecorr #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #backstage #meetandgreet #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #myhero #blessed #luckyme #thecorrsfan #thecorrsofficial #thecorrscomeback #yay #happy #thankyou #corrmunity #drummer #inspiration #loveher #drums #incrediblemusician #fan #irish
Breathless I turned around when I heard a very familiar voice “hiya Steffy!” there was Jim Corr himself smiling at me! I think I managed to squeak out a “hi” and threw my arms around him! He gave me the best hug of my life! We had our picture taken immediately and I introduced my boyfriend. Autograph signed during relaxed chitchat, I felt like we were talking to an old friend. I forgot it was the Jim Corr talking to us, it seemed like a garden party or a bbq and Jim was about to offer us a burger! He asked ME about my music and I managed to squeak something out! I gave him a soft teddy with a rose- a gesture of my humble love for him which he thanked me for 3 times!
My heart was racing and I couldn't slow it down 😂 ❤❤❤ I treasure these happy minutes I spent with Jim!!! He's such a lovely man and he's my hero!!! #thankyou #jimcorr #teamjim #lovehim #corrmunity #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #backstage #meetandgreet #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #myhero #blessed #luckyme #thecorrsfan #thecorrsofficial #thecorrscomeback #yay #happy #guitar #guitarist #livemusic #love
Time to be moving out, the Corrs had to be on stage shortly! Sharon was talking fluent Spanish to a fan, I politely waited- enthralled by the sound of her voice. I loved her green sparkly eyeshadow- I told her so and she seemed genuinely pleased, having done it herself! She signed my White Light album twice (it was raining- she apologised for it! Good gracious lady, no need to apologise for that!) and let me take a photo! This was my second time meeting her and she was every bit as lovely and beautiful as I remembered!
Thank you so much @sharoncorrofficial for letting me grab a quick minute with you right before you went onstage! 😂 you rocked your glitter eyeliner! 😇💚💚💚 #sharoncorr #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #backstage #meetandgreet #cork #themarquee #music #violinist #violinplayers #hero #musicians #happy #fiddle #fiddleplayers #thecorrsfan #thecorrsofficial #thecorrscomeback #yay #happy #thankyou #blessed #luckyme #corrmunity #loveher #bestdayever
Hurrying out I heard a shout “Hey Steffy!!!” I turned and Anto Drennan himself hurried toward me! Anto Drennan the legend himself recognised me!!!! We got a quick photo and a quick “great to see you again!” before we had to part ways! The Corrs were late for the stage and it was my fault! 😛 I still can’t believe my guitar hero called ME- what a perfect gentleman!!!!
Well I just couldn't have been any happier in this moment! Meeting Anto Drennan for a second time right before he went onstage with the Corrs! I have always loved his style of guitar playing and he's a legend!!! #antodrennan #thecorrsband #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #backstage #meetandgreet #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #myhero #blessed #luckyme #thecorrsfan #thecorrsofficial #thecorrscomeback #yay #happy #guitarist #guitarists #guitar #lovehim #guitarhero #irish #ireland #irishmusic
Back in the Marquee, the Corrs did not disappoint! The concert was every bit as magical as the Point earlier this year. The band were tight, flawless and nothing short of insanely talented. One thing different from the Point was that the Corrs smiled much, much more this time. They never stopped smiling all night!!! The crowd out-sang the band during Runaway moving Andrea to near tears- her voice cracking in emotion. We danced the night away, bopping to our favourite Talk on Corners songs, Anto shredding his guitar solos like the string god that he is famous for, Keith Duffy pounding the bass through our hearts and each Corr shining on their instruments. The vocal harmonies were stellar- especially during Kiss of Life (my favourite track from White Light), those chorus “oohs” gave me goosebumps which still haven’t worn off yet.
Smiling sisters ❤ #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #musicismylife #irish #babycorr #andreacorr #sharoncorr #fiddle #violin #tinwhistle #sisters #bestnightever #favouriteband #thankyou #blessed #cantbelieveit #loveyou #corrmunity #cork #themarquee #music #thecorrsfan
@Jimcorrsays rocked Cork! ❤ #jimcorr #teamjim #lovehim #corrmunity #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #rte #livemusic #electricguitar #amazing #bestnightever #irish #ireland #irishmusic #guitarist #fan #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #myhero #blessed #cantbelieveit #loveyou #bestband #thecorrsfan
All smiles last night in Cork 💜 #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #music #sharoncorr #fiddle #violin #happy #thankyou #corrmunity #fiddleplayer #violinplayer #violinist #purple #pretty #cork #themarquee #ireland #irish #irishmusic #dundalk #loveher #thecorrsfan
Caroline played out of her (gorgeous) skin 💜 #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #musicismylife #irish #ireland #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #myhero #carolinecorr #bodhran #drums #corrmunity #corrsfan #purple #awesome #thankyou #blessed #cantbelieveit #loveyou #bestband
Happiness is watching the Corrs playing music smiling 💜 #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #teamjim #lovehim #jimcorr #keyboard #roland #synthtastic #sing #music #musicians #bestnightever #irish #ireland #irishmusic #corrmunity #corrsfan #purple #awesome #thankyou #blessed #cantbelieveit #loveyou #bestband #thecorrsfan #thecorrsofficial
The icing on an already amazing day was when the lovely security man gave me Jim’s setlist! I’ve always wanted one! I pressed it to my chest in pure joy and the people around me smiled- a stranger walking up to me saying “You deserve that setlist! I’m glad you got it!” Corrs fans are truly the nicest people on the planet!
Beaming cos I got Jim Corrs setlist 😂 #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #corrs #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #musicismylife #irish #ireland #cork #themarquee #music #bestdayever #jimcorr #teamjim #lovehim #corrmunity #setlist #luckyme #blessed #sohappy #bestnightever #favouriteband #thankyou #andreacorr #carolinecorr
The Corrs are amazingly kind and generous to have gifted us with these memories.
The Corrs give the world so much with their thoughtful, mature and poignant music.
The Corrs make the world a better place and inspire their fans to do the same and to enjoy life.
This is why the Corrs are so successful. White light surrounds them and they are earth angels.
Preview, buy and download songs from the album White Light, including ”I Do What I Like”, ”Bring On the Night”, ”White Light” and many more. Buy the album for €10.99. Songs start at €1.29: White Light by The Corrs on iTunes
For the creators and for the fans, active listeners or passive listeners, music has the power to move us all incredibly deeply. Sometimes we’re right here- in the moment and sometimes we’re floating in a sea of sounds- we blissfully lose ourselves for a tiny while.
And sometimes we’re both- Here and There.
The latest release My Names A, Your Names Zed from El Grey is exactly that.
If you’re already a fan of El Grey you’ll come to expect haunting, stunning and breathtaking vocal performances as standard. You’ll also expect crunchy beats mixed with a wash of synths and gentle acoustic guitars. You’ll also be aware that her music is deeply personal to her and each song is a little piece of her soul, committed to record.
Take all that you already know about El Grey and put a little twist on it. You won’t find this track anything like her previous release El Grey, but you will find her distinctive, trademark vocals affirming her ardent passion right here. Glistening synthy motifs bounce over and back a sound world of luscious piano playing and looped, reverberant vocals. Instantly you’re taken by the hand of El Grey herself into the infinite cosmos. If you haven’t gotten goosebumps multiple times within the first 60 seconds then you’re not ready for the journey she wishes to bring you on.
Hypnotic yet deeply grounding, her chanting vocal pulls you right into the centre. Looped over and over with additional harmonies, her voice guides the way- “Grab a coat, find a home”. While the chant gives way to a choir of swirly, angelic vocal expressions, we’re lifted further into the heavens, soaring high, looking for Home.
The mood changes somewhat after this point. You’ll hear a male voice enter- another new sound for El Grey. You’ll know that there’s something very special going on here- something very deep and very personal. In absolute contrast to what we’ve been listening to, she sings in her native tongue- and it works brilliantly. Switching languages in one song is a new and brave move for El Grey for she has something personal to say-revealing another dimension of herself and affirming her spirituality though her music.
For me the most poignant lyric comes in around the 7-minute mark- “It’s just one heartbeat away from you” with echoes of “one” bouncing around, underpinning it. The music producer in me loves that line. The sentiment in me loves it too. It’s a line I’d hang on to for dear life.
This recording is 100% live and one take only. There was no pre-production. There was no doctoring this up in post-production either. The barest moments of extraneous sounds pop in and out here and there but these are not faults. Such sounds tickle my imagination and for me, they add to the soundscape. The piece in its entirety has a completely natural feel and I’m certain the musicians lost themselves in this performances-lost themselves to find a little something on the way back.
You could use a multitude of words to describe this track (atmospheric, holy, meditative, serene, gripping, stunning, special…) and you could find a multitude of situations to enjoy it in – at home with a candle, on a long, night-drive home, walking around a busy city- for it’s completely immersive and completely El Grey.
Enjoy the music here: My Names a, Your Names Zed – EP by El Grey on iTunes
El Grey perform tonight at the Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones in support for Oxfam Ireland alongside bands Calm State, Woodlark and Retrofix. More info: El Grey, Calm State, Woodlark, RetroFix play for Oxfam
As I write this, five days and 21 hours have passed since the Corrs made their truly glorious return to the Point Depot (called the 3Arena nowadays), Dublin. The brilliant buzz still hasn’t faded and from I see from fans Instagram accounts, it’s not going anywhere fast!
We always said it was going to happen yet last summer out of the blue 😉 the Corrs announced they were returning to music after a 10-year break. The gig: BBC Radio 2 Live in London’s Hyde Park. Their new single Bring on the Night followed shortly and after an abundance of teaser video clips and photos taken by all Corr siblings and their producer, John Shanks from the studio (Ananda Entertainment, Hollywood and Metropolis, London), their new album White Light was released in Ireland and the UK along with a string of tour dates. Two Irish dates, the Point, Dublin and the Odyssey, Belfast were included to conclude the mini-tour.
Fast forward to the 28th of January, 2016. We wake with a bolt and get to Dublin armed with raincoats, hats, scarves and nibbles. My dear friend Anne had travelled from Berlin, Germany just for this day- we met on a Corrs fan website some 16 years ago and have kept in touch ever since, meeting every few years in both countries. This was to be the most perfect day we could ever spend together- finally experiencing the Corrs music live with each other!
@jim_corr @sharoncorrofficial @carolinecorrofficial @andreacorrofficial @mandoneona 50 days until Dublin!!!!!! #whitelight #thecorrscomeback #thecorrsfan #corrs #concert #tickets #ticketmaster #instagood #musicians #dublin #ireland #3arena #3arenadublin #music #musicismylife #thecorrs #excited #countdown #jimcorr #sharoncorr #andreacorr #carolinecorr #gig #livemusic #livesound #harmony #corrmunity
We arrive at the Point in the wind and rain to find a handful of hard-Corr fans already waiting, huddled in the arches. Hailing from Portugal, Brazil and Scotland, they greet us warmly, smiling broadly with excitement. It was only 2:30pm but they were there since 8am! We all watch our phones eagerly, checking Instagram and Twitter for any posts from the Corrs- only to be teased with a snap of Caroline sitting triumphantly behind her drum kit, arms raised in the air and wearing a winning smile, all under a magnificent white light in the venue. We get giddy and beg for time for pass by quicker!
Thankfully time did indeed pass us by swiftly and we found ourselves smack-bang in the middle of the front row! We can’t believe our luck- everyone who made it early and braved the cold weather was the front row.
The Shires burst onto the stage after a short introduction from their band- who I have to say were rock-solid. Drummer Ollie Harding particularly impressed me with his heavy yet steady playing. The Shires delivered an upbeat, cheerful and entertaining set, warming up the crowd perfectly for the Corrs.
An hour later, after a frantic yet systematic set up for the Corrs, the lights dimmed, a haunting bass drone fades in and the crowd erupted in roaring applause and cheers of excitement. The thunderous drumming that is undoubtedly Caroline Corr solo fills the arena and all we see on the side screens are her silhouette on a white background- the much-anticipated introduction we’ve all been waiting for and heard so much about, absolutely knocked our socks off!
Suddenly the curtain goes up and we see Caroline belting her kit with all her might, completely focussed and seemingly unaware of the spotlight. We’re already jumping in delight at this treat and the next thing, the entire band are revealed standing in the middle of the stage- Andrea is beaming with her beautiful smile, she looks like she’s breathing heavily in excitement, Jim is to her left looking cool and collected with his rockstar shades and brilliant green electric guitar while Sharon stands tall to Andrea’s right, clutching her violin, smiling somewhat nervously. Anto Drennan on guitar and Keith Duffy on bass stand either side of Caroline- not Corrs by name but certainly are family for both have been in the band from the beginning and are recognised and loved by the fans.
Opening with I Do What I Like, the leading track of White Light, Andrea danced her way to her microphone, still smiling, looking adorable in her tiny ballerina flats. She looked everyone in the front row right in the eyes and I felt as if she were an old friend. I had the pleasure of being at Lansdowne Road 1999 and the Point 2004 but I was nowhere near the front! This was the first time in my life I was seeing Andrea up close and personal! She has an incredible stage presence and I’m not talking about the type of awe that surrounds Sting or the sheer force of power that’s James Hetfield of Metallica (all concerts I’ve sung my heart out to), it’s a totally different presence. Here is an incredibly talented singer and tin whistle player who’s very much a icon in pop music yet she has a sweet sensitive nature on stage. Maybe it’s the way she dances like a tiny fairy, maybe it’s her aura or energy or the way her dark brown eyes look straight into your soul while she’s singing- perhaps it’s all of the above combined with the fact she’s got her feet planted on the ground. Andrea Corr impressed me immensely as a musician and as a human being.
Another one of my favourite photos I took on Thursday night, Dublin ❤ #thecorrs #dublin #ireland #3arena #3arenadublin #music #whitelighttour #whitelight #andreacorr #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #musicismylife #irish #babycorr #instagood #musician #thecorrscomeback #thecorrsfan #corrs #sing #blue #bestnightever #favouriteband #thankyou
Of course it’s not entirely all about Andrea! Jim has been a hero for me throughout the years- I was inspired by his musical diversity and creativity- playing various different instruments on all the studio albums and live. You name it, Jim Corr plays it. He’s also big into music production- the mics, the desks and all the gear. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Jim personally about the Corrs production style on their second studio album Talk on Corners (1997) just over a year ago and I could have listened to him for hours. Seeing him for absolute real in the Point was a dream come true for my fan-self. Effortlessly cool while providing backing vocals and rockin’ out on guitar, he provided big-brotherly support to his sisters who all looked at him adoringly at some point or another throughout the show. Still the rock and clearly the (unofficial) band leader, Jim swopped between electric and acoustic guitars and jumped onto keyboards throughout the set.
@Jimcorrsays I really love your new green guitar! 💚 I took this in the Point last week! #jimcorrforpresident #thecorrs #dublin #ireland #whitelighttour #whitelight #jimcorr #guitar #guitarist #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #musicismylife #irish #thecorrscomeback #thecorrsfan #corrs #concert #gig #instagood #musician #electricguitar #thecorrs2016 #tour #rock #thankyou
Surprising us with their second song, Give me a Reason was somewhat unexpected- mind you, a very pleasant surprise! Anthemic melodies and driving drums, the crowd sang their hearts out. Andrea looked lost of words after each song as the crowd literally screamed in sheer adoration up at the band. Keith Duffy never once stopped smiling behind Jim.
The band delivered hit after hit- Forgiven Not Forgotten, Bring on the Night, What Can I Do and Radio before settling down into a relaxed set which saw Caroline rise from her kit and take a seat at the front, right between Andrea and Jim. Known for being the shy Corr, she looked rather nervous taking her place on her cajon drum box. It can’t have been easy to step up into the front-line of camera-phones and strange faces when you’re used to the security a huge drum-kit! No need for her to be nervous, she took up band leadership, driving the group with expertise percussive skills on cajon, bodhran and shaker.
Starting with a beautiful medley of Lough Erin Shore/Joy of Life/Trout in the Bath, the Corrs prove they still very much value their traditional Irish roots and are still top-class! The sound was exquisite. Simple, serene and traditional. Next up 1996 hit Runaway proved to be still the fans favourite when the audience actually sang louder than the Corrs themselves! The look of pure astonishment on Andrea’s face was priceless! Played beautifully, still in unplugged-style Runaway was the song of the night. A couple of songs from the new album, Stay and Ellis Island fit perfectly into the set. Andrea strummed her ukulele to Stay– clearly this is a personal favourite of the band’s (there are two versions on White Light, the band opting for the more wholesome, slow-tempo version for the show. Ellis Island was visually enhanced with spectacular yet poignant graphics on the big screens. A song about emigration and full of sorrow, the band absolutely nailed it live. The audience were visibly moved as the voices around me hushed and drank in the emotion.
A moment of comic relief during the next song, Buachaill On Eirne as Andrea momentarily drew a blank on the opening lyrics. She stopped in her tracks, clearly mortified and burst into a fit of giggles, looking at her siblings for support. Everyone onstage giggled and helped her remember the Irish lyrics. Andrea couldn’t apologise enough to the audience (who thought she was being hopelessly adorable!) for her first ever blank moment on stage and voiced she hoped her old Irish teacher wasn’t attending the gig tonight!
Another total surprise for us was the following song Love to Love You, another 1996 gem. I think it was around this point in the show that I thought that this wasn’t like a reunion gig at all, more so the next stage of the Corrs music career. To be truthful the Corrs never broke up in the first place!
With Caroline back behind the kit, Andrea introduced the band one by one and the gig went back into full tilt with up-tempo Talk on Corners favourites Only When I Sleep, Queen of Hollywood and their rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams. Seamlessly fitting in to the set Kiss of Life was vocally stunning. For me, one of the top songs off the new album and without a doubt one of my absolute favourite Corrs songs, Kiss of Life soared and took us all to a special place.
Bringing up the tempo again for I Never Loved You Anyway and So Young, the band brought the roof down and left the crowd begging for more.
After a brief teaser of a disappearance, the Corrs returned once more with electrifying performances of White Light, Breathless and Toss the Feathers. It was all over too soon yet the band played for a full 2 hours!
The house lights came on, the finality of the gig being over dawned on us and we exited the arena in an absolute daze! The Corrs were back, sounding amazing and clearly in top form! We left the Point Depot talking excitedly, a bag full of merchandise under our arms, giggling at the lads walking in front of us back to the city centre singing Runaway at the tops of the voices! It was truly the best homecoming the Corrs could have wished for- a huge crowd but with an intimate feel, the Corrs are still our favourite after all these years.
One of my favourite photos I took on Thursday night ❤ enjoy 😄 #thecorrs #dublin #ireland #3arena #3arenadublin #music #whitelighttour #whitelight #jimcorr #sharoncorr #andreacorr #carolinecorr #instagood #musicians #happy #fiddle #violin #tinwhistle #guitar #thecorrscomeback #thecorrsfan #corrs #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #thepointdepot #jimcorrforpresident
In case you haven’t heard the good news, the Corrs are playing again this summer- the Cork Marquee, June 9th. Tickets go on sale this Thursday (a full week after the Dublin gig! Good timing or what?!). You can be sure to find myself and Anne at the front again!
Look who got the setlist belonging to @andreacorrofficial after the Point!!! 😆 #thecorrs #whitelight #whitelighttour #dublin #ireland #3arena #3arenadublin #music #musicismylife #fans #thecorrscomeback #thecorrsfan #corrs #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #happy #friends #bestnightever #irish #german #andreacorr #carolinecorr #jimcorr #sharoncorr #wow #setlist #corrmunity
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I'm clearly still buzzing!!! #thecorrs #dublin #ireland #3arena #3arenadublin #music #musicismylife #fan #whitelighttour #whitelight #jimcorr #sharoncorr #andreacorr #carolinecorr #instagood #musicians #happy #newalbum #favouriteband #band #cd #ticket #concert #gig #livemusic #livesound #musicislife #buzzing #love #corrmunity
Preview, buy and download songs from the album White Light, including I Do What I Like, Bring On the Night, White Light and many more. Buy the album for €10.99. Songs start at €1.29. White Light by The Corrs on iTunes
Posting and sharing with you, my most recent music production project, the beautiful Leaca Bán by 5-piece, traditional Irish crossover group, Na Tonnta.
Introducing Na Tonnta (L-R as above): Daniel ‘Hearthrob’ Whelan, Ellie ‘Ellington’ J McGinley, Sinéad ‘Brings her own teabags’ O’Malley, Ciara ‘I♥ Beoga’ Moley and Fiachra ‘Figgy’ Meek. The group met while studying Music in DkIT together and bonded through their love of traditional Irish music, popular music, tea, biscuits and cakes!
My journey with Na Tonnta began in September 2014. I was searching for a musically-new band to introduce to the recording studio and collaborate with for my final music production project at DkIT, resulting in three songs- one being the core and most-polished production.
Approaching Na Tonnta was an easy task. It was actually perfect timing! I already knew Sinéad, their flute and whistle player from the Norway erasmus trip in 2013 and I worked with Ellie, their vocalist and fiddle player on my previous production project, “Crystal Hearts” feat. Fiona McErlane by Audio_Girl | Free Listening on SoundCloud.
I knew I wanted to carry forward my love for traditional Irish music while bringing it into a contemporary production and I also knew Na Tonnta were a hard-working, creative and driven group from my Facebook stalking since they formed in October 2013!
Leaca Bán began in the rehearsal room. Sinéad introduced the idea to the group with the beautiful, haunting traditional tune, 250 To Vigo, accompanied by accordion player, Ciara. I sat, mesmerised by the performance- the beautiful tone of the B flat whistle, the rhythm of the tune, the sombre accordion, gently accompanying the haunting tune. The hairs on my arms stood and I knew instantly that this was a tune I wanted to be a part of. I could already hear our studio recording in my mind’s ear!
What happened next lifted my spirits even further. There was a lyrical idea. In fact, there was more than just an idea- there was a theme, a mood, an atmosphere and a poem! A vintage book was produced- a little blue book with yellow pages, about to be tossed out from a local school library where Sinéad worked. For some reason unknown to me, Sinéad opened the book and there was a beautiful poem at the beginning. The Lights of Leaca Bán by Alice Cashel is an old book intended for secondary school children but the poem simply titled Leaca Bán, found at the begnning of the book, is a literary work of beauty. It was suggested that Ellie fit the tune to the words- amazingly, it worked like a dream. Ellie suddenly started singing the poem and it was just right.
By Christmas a humble demo which consisted of a vocal, fiddle, tin whistle and accordion was recorded and then my audio fun began. What I already had was a beautiful tune which was deeply Irish and could hold up on its own with such a small ensemble- how about adding drums? Synthesisers? Guitars? More vocals? How big could we go?! How big did I dare?!
Well, here’s the final production. Listen for yourself.
Let’s stand together.
Let music join us all.
Join us tomorrow night for our FREE CONCERT at 8pm to raise funds for the ‘Save The Dominican Church Fund’.
I promise you it will be a memorable show.
Delighted to announce that the Augustinian Gospel Choir will perform a special concert in the Dominican Church, March 8th 2015!
This is a fundraising event in aid of the Dominican Church, admission is free and a brilliant night of gospel choir music and solo singers and musicians is promised.
More information about saving the Drogheda’s beautiful Dominican church can be found at: Fight now begins to save Dominicans after 790 years – Independent.ie.
Watch the complete story, including interviews, footage of the Rally and the controversial debate that followed it.
“Thank you for bringing music to and through me.”
I came across this affirmation this morning when seeking guidance about my own life purpose. My attention has been drawn to Archangel Sandalphon, who heals through music.
I’ve been aware of the healing power of music since I started playing violin as a teenager. I understood very quickly that I felt lighter, better and happier when playing. Lately I’ve been wondering about music therapy, I’m drawn to singing bowls and other such musical instruments and I want to investigate this area of music further. I feel a connection between my passion for music, healing crystals, divining and angel card reading. I wonder if my life purpose links these together somehow.
I’ve read online (http://www.healingcrystals.com/Crystals_and_Archangels_Epilogue___The_Lesser_Archangels_Articles_1821.html) that Sandalphon was Metatron’s twin brother, the prophet Elijah. His name means “Brother” and he is considered one of the Seraphim. Sandalphon is the archangel of Power and he oversees strength, prosperity and beauty. He gives us the joy of living and is also given the task of looking after unborn children. He may be called upon for issues concerning pregnancy, fertility and birth. Sandalphon also helps release emotional blocks, fear, guilt and aggressive tendencies. This angel is the patron of musicians, journalists, nurses, pediatricians and midwives. The planet Jupiter rules this archangel, as does the element of earth. His day is Thursday and crystals linked to Sandalphon are Turquoise and Calcite. I’ve read that beautiful Lapis Lazuli is also linked to him.
Love and light.