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The right time: The Corrs back on the road after break for parenthood


The Corrs have announced a new album and tour (Kevin Westenberg/MBC/PA)

The Corrs have announced a new album and tour (Kevin Westenberg/MBC/PA)

Irish pop group The Corrs, pictured in 2000, have returned to the stage

Irish pop group The Corrs, pictured in 2000, have returned to the stage


The Corrs have announced a new album and tour (Kevin Westenberg/MBC/PA)

Family pop group The Corrs have announced a new album and tour 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.

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 mean time so that kind of takes up 10 years so I think we were sort of entitled to it after sort of 15 years of being 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."

Speaking about their Hyde Park appearance, Andrea said: "I was absolutely terrified for about two weeks before it. But then once we got on and did it, it felt like we'd never been away to be honest and we'd never had a bit of time free and definitely ignited our excitement about touring again and now we're really excited about playing our new songs. So it kind of has kicked us off in a very good way."

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

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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 "intensely emotional" and a "beautiful experience" when the crowd joined in with Runaway.

"And I think for us if the children had never seen this, what a shame," she said.

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. It's a very important part of what we do.

"I have to say that the UK have completely taken us on as family and always have and so here also feels like home."

Known for their beauty as well as their music, the group was asked about how 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" for the last 10 years.

Sharon added: "It's really nice and it's a beautiful compliment and thank you and it is nice to have people say that you look good.

"I think that we've always felt that if the music wasn't good you wouldn't have a clue how we looked."

Jim, the only member of the band who lives in Ireland, said they are "thrilled" with the album.

The group, from Dundalk, Co Louth, have sold over 30 million albums since their 1995 debut Forgiven Not Forgotten.

They are known for their unique sound which is a mix of traditional Celtic music with a pop rock twist.

The Corrs will play Birmingham Genting Arena on Tuesday January 19, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday January 20, Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday January 22, London The O2 on Saturday January 23, Manchester Arena on Sunday January 24, Glasgow Hydro Arena on Tuesday January 26, Dublin 3 Arena on Thursday January 28 and The SSE Arena in Belfast on Friday January 29.

Tickets go on sale on Monday September 21 at 9am except for the Dublin and Belfast shows which go on sale on Thursday September 24. White Light is out on November 27.

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