Caroline Corr kicked off the 2016 season of Newmarket Nights with her trademark drum solo intro to “It’s My Life”. After almost ten years away doing other things it was good to see Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim back together on stage.
There was a large crowd at the Suffolk racecourse to welcome them and they were not disappointed at the mix of old and new material presented to them. Being a race track there were, I imagine, a large number of people there with Irish connections. Throughout the jigs and reels that punctuate a Corrs set there were pockets of Irish-esque dancing in the crowd – high heels on grass an interesting twist. I also saw one man play air fiddle on his umbrella!
Whilst the fans sang along to all the old favourites such as “Runaway” and “Forgiven” for me it was the new numbers that caught my attention. “Ellis Island” from the 2015 album “White Light” is a song about immigration – a universal subject as old as time not just a poorly portrayed pawn in a referendum.
At The Corrs “comeback” concert in Hyde Park in September last year I thought their sound lacked punch, a little weak and breathless in places (no lyrical pun intended). Perhaps that was just me. At Newmarket they were in fine form, here’s to more live shows.
Newmarket always strikes me as an unusual venue. The stage is oddly placed in the viewing stands with spectators sitting sideways to get a view and there are two distinct groups of people there – the music fans and those attending for the earlier races. Once you come to terms with these disparate interests it is a very enjoyable experience and the Jockey Club is to be commended for cross-pollenating music and racing.
There are more Newmarket Nights to come:
- 24th June – Will Young
- 15th July – The Kaiser Chiefs
- 22nd July – Busted
- 29th July – Tears for Fears
- 5th August – Mark Ronson
- 12th August – Jess Glynn
- 27th August – Little Mix