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Corr! Just look who's back on the music scene

By Catherine Wylie and Ed Carty

Family pop group The Corrs are set to play in Belfast after returning to the stage following a 10-year hiatus - but they say it feels like they have never been away.

Irish siblings Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim played London's Hyde Park on Sunday and have quickly followed it up with plans to play eight concerts across the UK and Ireland.

The quartet also announced the release of album White Light - their first major release since Borrowed Heaven in 2004.

The band will play The SSE Arena in Belfast on Friday, January 29 and Dublin's 3 Arena on Thursday, January 28. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, September 24.

Speaking after a short set in Ronnie Scott's in London's Soho at lunchtime, where they played a mix of old and new tracks, Sharon said: "We never sort of decided to stop or quit as a band. We've had eight children between us in the meantime, so that kind of takes up 10 years, so I think we were entitled to it after 15 years on the road."

She added: "But music is part of the fabric of us. It is absolutely who we are.

"This is what we do, so it's not really a revelation from that point of view, if you know what I mean. This is what we do so we're just doing it."

Although the family are from Dundalk, Co Louth, they have connections to Northern Ireland.

Jim lives in the Co Down village of Crawfordsburn, and has a son with former Miss Northern Ireland and Miss UK Gayle Williamson. Although the couple split six months after Brandon's birth, they are understood to still be friends.

And Sharon lived in Stranmillis with husband, Belfast barrister Gavin Bonner.

Speaking about their Hyde Park appearance, Andrea said: "I was absolutely terrified for about two weeks before it. But once we got on and did it, it felt like we'd never been away to be honest. It has ignited our excitement about touring again and now we're really excited about playing our new songs."

Sharon said one of the biggest inspirations at Hyde Park was that their children would see The Corrs perform "for the first time ever".

She added: "It's so weird because you'd have eight children - the most important part of our lives - and they've never ever seen us perform together."

She said it was "super exciting" and described it as a "beautiful experience" when the crowd joined in with Runaway.

Asked about how special it will be to play to a home crowd in Ireland, Sharon said: "I remember we did Lansdowne Road, which is now the Aviva Stadium, and that was like this mega moment for us. It was so nerve-racking and then just so utterly beautiful. And mum and dad were there too which was really, really amazing.

"We'll be looking forward to going back and playing Dublin and playing Belfast."

Asked why they do not look like they have aged in the last decade, Andrea joked that they all go home at night and "put our faces in a little jar" while Sharon joked that they had been "cryogenically frozen".

Corr! Just look who's back on the music scene

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