#OTD in 1974 – Birth of singer, and actress, Andrea Corr, in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Andrea Corr is the youngest of the four Corr children. The family were raised in Dundalk, Co Louth. Corr debuted in 1990 as the frontwoman of the Celtic folk rock and pop rock group, The Corrs, which consists of herself and her three siblings, Caroline, Sharon and Jim. She began her life with the band as soon as she graduated from secondary school. The Corrs’ parents were musicians who strongly encouraged each of their children to pursue music. Andrea learned the piano, as did all of her siblings. In the Corrs’ band, Andrea is the lead singer and is their main lyricist when the group writes songs. Andrea also plays the tin whistle, which when combined with her sister Sharon’s fiddle playing gives the group its distinctively Irish sound.

The Corrs first performed as a band when they auditioned to play in the musical film The Commitments (1991). Andrea landed a speaking role in the film. Andrea is also an aspiring actress, and in addition to being featured in “The Commitments” she also played opposite Madonna in a singing role in Evita (1996).

On 10 October 2010, Corr, amongst others, contributed to the Kirsty MacColl tribute concert held at Shepherd’s Bush Empire to commemorate MacColl’s birthday and raise money for charity. She also wrote and sang the song ‘Oh Brother’ on the album ‘Music of Ireland – Welcome Home.’

She played the title role in Jane Eyre by Alan Stanford at the Gate Theatre in Dublin which opened on 9 November 2010.

 

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