"I really do hope that we can create our own niche," says Jim Corr, "but when I'm asked to describe our music, I always say that it's modern with an Irish influence, because the Celtic vein does run through everything we do. We're a traditional Irish pop-rock band, whatever that is." Continues Caroline: "It's a blend of modern rhythms and technology with acoustic instruments -- with violin, tin whistle, drum -- and, of course, the voices. The marrying of all these elements makes our sound."
The Corrs already have much of the world at their feet: "FORGIVEN, NOT FORGOTTEN" went gold in Canada, gold in Australia, platinum in Denmark, and a stunning four-times platinum in their Irish homeland, where the album is one of the biggest-selling debut albums by a native recording group in the country's history. In addition, the album is closing in on the gold mark in Japan, where the group kicked off their first-ever Southeast Asian tour on July 9th.
Shortly following that tour, the group began their first-ever U.S. concert tour on August 7 at the Deer Creek Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana. The Corrs will be supporting Celine Dion (a reprise of the group's European dates with Dion last year).
The Corrs' first world tour began in Ireland in April and continued with headlining dates in nine European countries. Among the many highlights of the tour were appearances at the Odense Festival in Denmark before over 35,000 people; at Dublin's Rugby Peace International event (a populist call for the continuation of Anglo/Irish peace talks); and at the Fleadh (Irish for festival) with Sting and the Chieftains, before an audience of more than 50,000 at London's Finsbury Park.
Just prior to the European tour, Andrea Corr flew to Budapest to join director Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Birdy, Mississippi Burning) and Madonna to shoot her role in the highly anticipated feature film, Evita. Andrea previously worked with Parker on 1991's The Commitments, in a small role that marked her film debut. The Corrs are no strangers to American television, having performed on CBS This Morning, NBC-TV's Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and Good Morning America, as well as the New Year's Eve episode of FOX-TV's Beverly Hills 90210.
On August 3rd, before the start of their U.S. dates with Dion, The Corrs performed in Atlanta, Georgia as part of a televised Olympics special for German television. The group's performance was broadcast by Germany's ZDF-TV to an overseas audience of some 10 million.