South Armagh’s ‘pocket rocket’ is Glor Tire finalist!

April 18, 2016

South Armagh singing sensation Kerry Fearon is thrilled to have made it through to the final of TG4’s popular country and western talent show, Glór Tíre.  The search for Ireland’s newest country star has been running for 15 weeks and Kerry, who is billed as this series’ “pocket rocket”, seems to be a firm favourite amongst the judging panel, who have saved her in two consecutive rounds, including last week’s semi-finals.  With a much-deserved place in Wednesday’s live grand final alongside her Country Music mentor, John McNicholl, Kerry will vie for the ultimate Glór Tíre title against fellow finalists Noel Briody and Gavin McAloon.

The local songstress has enjoyed a whirlwind 18 months on the country music scene establishing herself as one of Ireland’s hottest new country stars with a raft of high profile gigs under her belt and two singles released.  The qualified teacher, who works as a member of staff at the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry, is now relying on the firm support of south Armagh in her quest for the Glor Tire and is calling on all her supporters to once again pick up the phone and vote for the local favourite to win.

Speaking to The Examiner on her success in the talent search so far, the modest singer revealed that a lack of confidence meant she almost turned down the chance to take part in the TG4 competition.

“I just can’t believe it! Not in a million years would I have thought this could happen or that the judges would choose me to stay and take part in the final!

“To think I almost didn’t take the chance to take part in the competition!!! I never thought I would get this far at all,” said Kerry.

Reliving last week’s live semi-final, she added,

“I could not get my Irish song right during rehearsal.  I just didn’t know it at all so I dreaded going on the stage that night because I was terrified of messing it up on live TV!!! It must have been a miracle because that live performance was the first time I got the whole song right!! I gave the second song my all as I was sure I was going home.

“I didn’t get the votes to make it through to the final but it is an unbelievable feeling to know that the judges chose me to stay in the competition for the final. It’s a huge achievement for me and to think that I did this whole journey to the end without being knocked out in any of the rounds.

“To win I need votes again and the lines close at noon on Wednesday! I am trying to choose songs for the night but it’s almost as difficult to try and get something to wear!!! I never ever expected to be going this far and I’m absolutely delighted! What a fantastic, worthwhile experience and thank you to everyone who has supported me on this incredible journey!”

South Armagh’s “pocket rocket” needs your votes so text ‘GLOR6’ to 60999 or download the free app called “Glor Tire” from the app store which gives free votes.  Tune into the grand final on TG4 this Wednesday (20th April) at 10.30pm to watch Kerry battle for the Glor Tire title.