Thursday 23 November 2017

Sharon's Louth and proud -- but not of Jedward's talents

Sharon Corr in Drogheda yesterday to promote the town's bid for the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
Sharon Corr in Drogheda yesterday to promote the town's bid for the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann

Elaine Keogh

SHARON CORR is thinking local. The musician yesterday said she was fully behind efforts to bring the 2014 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann to go her home county of Louth.

However, she wasn't quite as adamant in her support for Jedward in the Eurovision.

"My issue with it is, we have such a wealth of musical talent in this country, I'm wondering first of all why we entered the (Eurovision) competition, with Dustin a couple of years ago and now it's Jedward," the former Corrs musician said.

"They are gorgeous guys, I've met them, but I'm not sure how musical they are.

"I am in the middle of trying to launch a bid for an Irish music festival to be held here in Co Louth and it (music) kind of defines us as people and culturally it defines us.

"I don't want the article to turn out about them (Jedward). I think they are genuinely lovely guys; I'm just not sure about the musical content. I'm just being honest about it.

"I think we have amazing singers and why aren't they singing in the Eurovision?"

She declined to have her picture taken with a "Jedhead" -- but was gushing in her support of the fleadh.

"I think it (the Fleadh) is a joyous way to bring some revenue to the area of Louth and Meath," she said.

"It has the potential to earn about €40m for Louth and bring up to 400,000 visitors to the area and about 10,000 musicians.

"It is a 10-day festival and the fact that it is (about) music -- well, music has been my whole life."

Sharon, who is writing songs for her second solo album, said she would love to return to RTE's 'The Voice', if there is another series, as a judge.

Irish Independent

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