South Armagh Songbird Kerry Fearon nominated in two categories at prestigious awards in Texas



South Armagh Songbird nominated in two categories at prestigious awards in Texas!

Kerry Fearon is over the moon to be included in the top five nominees in two categories at the 2020 Academy of Western Artists awards! She has been nominated for the Pure Country Female award and the Pure Country Album award with her debut album ‘Honky Tonk Girl’. The AWA awards will take place In Fort Worth, Texas in April. ‘I am absolutely thrilled and stunned that I have been recognised in this way and I’m looking forward to attending the 24th awards ceremony in April where I will not only perform with Chuck Cusimano and the Coachmen (all unpaid but money can’t buy this experience!) but I have also been invited to present an award’ says Fearon who began her musical career as a result of losing her father to MND. She is humbled and honoured to be the very first Irish nominee. Following the Awards she will be travelling to Austin for the first time to sample the music scene there.

The AWAs

The 24th Annual Will Rogers Awards will be held on April 9th, 2020 in Fort Worth. The Will Rogers’ Cowboy Awards was established to recognise distinguished Western Artists. The AWA is a growing group of dedicated members and supporters who support & work to bring more visibility to Contemporary Western Artists.

2020/ New Single Release

2020 is already off to a flying start for Kerry as she was delighted to be included in the line-up at the very successful Susan McCann String of Diamonds Festival Weekend in January plus she joined Honky Tonk couple Aaron & Dani McDonnell from Texas on some of their Irish tour dates. She has just released her brand new radio single which has already been play listed on radio stations in Ireland, the UK & throughout Europe; ‘Ford Econoline’ is her first single release of 2020 and is the follow up to the highly successful ‘To Ramona’ which climbed to Number One on the Downtown Country / Downtown radio charts as well as on the Hotdisc Chart.

Kerry is looking forward to playing several festivals this year such as Bagfest (Nottinghamshire), more Irish, UK & Scottish dates and working alongside talented artistes.

2019 Success

2019 was an incredibly successful year for Kerry; appearing on numerous festivals including Howth Roots & Blues, Leek Blues & Americana, the inaugural Galloway Roots & Country festival and she also headlined the Maverick acoustic stage at the 25th Millport Country Music Festival. She had the opportunity to tour with such artists as Ags Connolly and Leo Rondeau in April, Dave Murphy & Paul Sachs in November and undertook a mini UK tour in June. She attended Americanafest in Nashville in September plus she was MC at the main event on the Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival and in October she once again opened up for Thomas Gabriel, grandson of Johnny Cash. Kerry was shortlisted in 4 categories at the UK Country music awards and she featured on TG4’s Réalta agus Gaolta with her cousin Dave Murphy. In May Kerry graduated from the highly acclaimed M.I.X. course which is run by Hot Press Magazine and in August she joined the team at Dundalk FM and began to present and produce her own radio show‘The Boots ‘n’ Roots Show’ which has now been extended to 2 hours.( 97.7 FM Dundalk or towww.dundalkfm.com)

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