Andrea Corr is set to release an album of cover versions in May. Lifelines will feature her rendering of songs by The Velvet Underground, Donna Summer, Harry Nilsson, Nick Drake, Ron Sexsmith and The Blue Nile.

"This was the nicest working experience I have ever had. We did this quietly," she says. "It was a truly authentic experience. I was doing it behind closed doors. I stayed in the moment while we were doing it. When you sing other people’s songs, something about that really allows you to be a singer and just a singer. All I had to do was interpret. There is a huge freedom in that."

Brian Eno helped in "the collaborative process" and the idea for the album came about while Corr was recording a tribute to the late Ronnie Drew when she was introduced to producer John Reynolds who has previously worked with U2, Sinead O’Connor and Damien Dempsey.

Since The Corrs went on hiatus six years ago, the youngest member of the band has been concentrating on acting and has won plaudits for her roles in Jane Eyre at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Old Vic in London.