Caroline Corr

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Caroline Corr
MBE
Caroline Corr (Vienna, 2016) 06.jpg
Caroline Corr in the White Light Tour.
Background information
Birth name Caroline Georgina Corr
Born (1973-03-17) 17 March 1973 (age 44)
Origin Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
Genres Pop, rock, Celtic
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, bodhrán, percussion, tambourine, cajón, piano, vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels 143, Lava, Atlantic, Warner Music Group
Associated acts The Corrs
Website www.thecorrswebsite.com

Caroline Georgina Corr MBE (born 17 March 1973), known to fans as the "Chick with Stick", is an Irish singer and drummer for the Celtic folk rock band The Corrs. In addition to the drums, Corr plays the bodhrán, cajón, percussions and piano.

The Corr siblings were appointed honorary MBEs in 2005, in recognition of their music and charitable work which has raised money for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, victims of the Omagh Bombing and other charities.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Caroline was born in Dundalk, County Louth on the east coast of Ireland, 50 miles north of Dublin, to Jean and Gerry Corr.[3][4] She was brought up in a Catholic household.[citation needed] Corr has three siblings: an elder sister Sharon Corr, elder brother Jim Corr and a younger sister Andrea Corr. She was sent to the same school, Dun Lughaidh Convent, as her sisters.

Her parents played ballads and folk tunes in local bands, and formed their own band called "Sound Affair".[5][6] Jean sang and Gerry played the keyboards and they performed covers of songs by various famous bands.[citation needed] Caroline and her siblings were exposed to music from a very young age, and travelled with Jean and Gerry to gigs in the family estate car.[citation needed]

Caroline was taught the piano by her father Gerry at a very early age like her other siblings.[citation needed] She also learnt the bodhrán by watching videos of traditional Irish musicians playing it.[citation needed] The violin was originally intended for Caroline to play but she showed no interest and instead Sharon took up violin lessons. Caroline learned to play the drums with the help of a former boyfriend who gave her lessons. From then on her drum skills were self taught. [7]

She performed No Frontiers, a cover of a Jimmy MacCarthy song, on The Corrs Unplugged along with her sister Sharon.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Caroline Corr playing Cajon at 02 Arena London - 23/01/2016
Caroline Corr performing part of the acoustic set of the White Light tour at London's 02 Arena on 23/01/2016. Caroline played the Cajon during this part of the set list.

Personal life[edit]

Corr married Frank Woods, a property developer and [8] boyfriend of many years, on 22 August 2002, in Majorca, Spain. [9][citation needed] Their first child, Jake Gerard, was born in 2003. The name Gerard pays homage to their late brother, Gerard, who was hit by a car while retrieving a football in the road.[10] Their first daughter, Georgina, was born in 2004. This led to Corr taking some time off from the band's activities. In 2006, she gave birth to a girl, the couple's third child.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilations and remix albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahern, Bertie (7 November 2005). "Award of Honorary MBE to the Corrs". Roinn an Taoisigh. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2005. 
  2. ^ "Honorary MBEs awarded to The Corrs". RTÉ Entertainment. 7 November 2005. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  3. ^ Borden, Timothy. "The Corrs biography – Contemporary Musicians". Enotes.com. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "The Corrs Cosmopolis English Edition". December 1999. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "The Corrs". Hello! Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  6. ^ Cornwell, Jane (1999). The Corrs. London: Virgin Publishing Ltd. p. 16. ISBN 1-85227-840-4. 
  7. ^ "Caroline Corr of The Corrs - Modern Drummer Magazine". 19 May 2005. 
  8. ^ "The Corrs tell John Meagher they still find musical harmony but don't always agree on everything else". Belfast Telegraph. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/corr-sisters-we-dont-believe-in-jims-911-conspiracy-theories-34241044.html
  10. ^ "2002 article: Jim's early tragedy - Corrs Fan Base". corrsfanbase.proboards.com. 

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