The Corrs roll back years with mix of old and new at sold-out Belfast gig at SSE Arena
The Corrs. SSE Arena, Belfast
More than a decade may have passed since The Corrs graced a Belfast stage, but the Dundalk quartet’s faithful fans were out in force last night at their SSE Arena comeback show.
Oddly, proceedings commenced with a drum solo from Caroline - possibly the least likely way for any band to start a gig, never mind this lot.
But it succeeded in grabbing the attention, and Andrea, Sharon and Jim soon joined their sister.
The four remarkably well preserved siblings launched into I Do What I Like from their new album White Light.
It was a forceful opener, certainly as strong as much of the more recognisable material that was to follow last night.
Give Me A Reason and Forgiven Not Forgotten offered familiar turf for the sold-out crowd, who willingly responded to Andrea’s rallying call: “Let’s blow the roof off!”
Next they again delved into their latest opus for the magnificent Bring On The Night, as was performed recently on The Graham Norton Show.
What Can I Do and Radio continued the format of alternating new numbers with their older hits.
The group then huddled at the front of the stage for an intimate medley of Irish tunes Lough Erin Shore, Trout In The Bath and Joy Of Life, which saw Andrea on tin whistle and Caroline playing the bodhran.
Later the percussionist also took to the keyboards, and her versatility was matched by brother Jim, who switched between guitar and keys throughout the set.
With the members all dressed in black and the stage production consisting of modest video screens and some understated lighting, the focus was very much on the music.
It meant the quality of The Corrs’ songwriting really came to the fore.
“I’m speechless,” Andrea said in response to the mass singalong Runaway provoked.
The singer also proved her local knowledge after Queen Of Hollywood from their breakthrough Talk On Corners LP.
“That could be a totally different song in Belfast,” she joked, referencing the similarly named Co Down town.
Another newie, Ellis Island, saw the foursome dabbling in a little subtle political commentary about immigration.
Now all the other side of 40, The Corrs are obviously no longer the youthful combo that enjoyed massive success in the heady days of the 1990s.
But there has been a Corr-shaped hole in the music scene, and hopefully the reunited family will be belting out their unique mix of pop, rock and Irish traditional for many more years to come.