Monday 24 November 2014

Music to their ears

Colin Bartley

Published 06/10/2008 | 00:00

Sharon Corr laughs during a seminar at the Hot Press Music Show in the RDS yesterday
Sharon Corr laughs during a seminar at the Hot Press Music Show in the RDS yesterday
Rebecca McDonnell (7) from Cabinteely, Dublin is the picture of concentration as she plays the drums at the Music Show in The RDS, Dublin
Reuben Murray from Milltown, Dublin, checks out the guitar stand

SHE'S more used to playing second violin to little sister Andrea, but yesterday Sharon Corr was firmly centre-stage.

So many people arrived at her songwriting seminar at the Hot Press Music Show yesterday that stewards had to turn hundreds away from the doors of the RDS .

And no wonder. As a member of one of Ireland's most successful bands The Corrs, few are more qualified to give advice on the art of writing and performing a hit.

While she's more used to playing violin and singing backing vocals in the family band, Sharon looked quite happy to be the focus of attention for a change.

Having recorded and written five hit albums, including the multi-platinum selling 'Talk on Corners', the 38-year-old industry veteran drew on her wealth of experience to dispense advice to the young musicians and fans who turned up at the Dublin venue to hear her speak.

Fielding questions after a seminar called 'Songs should have some bloody meaning', she dished out the advice garnered from her experience in helping to write hits such as 'Runaway', 'Radio' and 'So Young'.

The trad Irish rock and folk band enjoyed a string of hit albums worldwide and each family member made a fortune in the process.

Siblings Andrea, Caroline and Jim were not at the RDS yesterday, but Sharon was joined for the talk by Mick Pyro of the Republic of Loose, Lord of the Dance composer Ronan Hardiman and former Kila and Frames member Dave Odlum.

Also there was Hothouse Flowers singer Liam O Maonlai and Mean Fiddler impresario Vince Power, who gave a talk on the live music scene.

The two-day Hot Press Music Show was packed with events giving advice for anyone thinking of entering the music industry, with seminars, talks, displays and workshops on every aspect of the industry.

Photography, rock and dance-music production were discussed, along with music on radio and television, while some of Ireland's top musical figures gave workshops and masterclasses.

Fiachna O Braonain of the Hothouse Flowers was joined by legendary Wings guitarist Henry McCullough for a guitar masterclass. Along with the seminars and workshops, some of Ireland's top performers added their voices to the show.

Damien Dempsey, Declan O'Rourke, The Blizzard's, Republic of Loose, Cathy Davey and The Coronas all played on the music stage. After a special performance by The Coronas for RTE 2fm, the band had to be escorted out of the building after they were mobbed by crowds of fans.

Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said the incident only added to the atmosphere. "In the nature of these things, it is a pick-and-mix. It was hugely exciting and the bands wanted to come and play in numbers."

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