The Corrz, Cromer
RICHARD BATSON Let's face it, the only way the Celtic folk rock sounds of supergroup The Corrs are ever going to echo around a Norfolk seaside theatre is through a tribute band.
Let's face it, the only way the Celtic folk rock sounds of supergroup The Corrs are ever going to echo around a Norfolk seaside theatre is through a tribute band.
But this soundalike and lookalike-ish group were an entertaining substitute for the real thing – and despite the 'z' in their name, there was never any danger of the audience nodding off during a concert filled with chart hits, and foot-tapping traditional jigs.
The Corrz are also a family band – with three sisters playing the three sisters Andrea, Sharon and Caroline, while cousin John is brother Jim.
They looked similar, though a bit more “cuddly” than the sylph-like real sisters.
Star of the show is Tracy McAlpine as Andrea – capturing the feisty, flirty, smoky-eyed lead singer, as well as adding her own extra energy and personality.
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Lisa is sophisticated Sharon on the electric fiddle and harmonies, while Caroline is, er, multi-talented Caroline pounding the drums, bodhrun and keyboards.
Backed by guitarist/keyboarder John/Jim, bass player Paul Twohig and the driving lead guitar of Paul Broughton, the band captures some of the Corrs' greatest hits – Runway, Irresistible, Radio, Give Me A Reason, the Right Time and Dreams.
Highlights were an extended, audience-participation version of So Young, and the encore was Breathless – but the group also excelled at the Celtic folk music of Haste to the Wedding and Toss the Feathers.
For me, one of the most memorable sessions was an unplugged set including a stunning version of Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing – which also saw the unplugging of a slightly annoying backing track which was filling out some songs, when the talent on stage seemed enough.
And their Cromer debut went down a storm with the audience judging by the cheerz and applauz.