The live final of the 2012 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place this Saturday, 17th November at The Brandon Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Rachel Barror and Colin Fahy….

Rachel Barror

Song: “Fake Luv”

Originally from Dublin and born into a family of actors and singers, Rachel studied musical theatre and learned her way around the keys of a piano from the tender age of six. With an ear for sound and a passion for music, she launched herself as a professional vocalist from the age of 16. Since her teens, Rachel’s singing career has blossomed with highlights that include lead vocalist in Acid Jazz band around some of Ireland’s biggest and most influential music venues, appearing in a leading Irish Soap and writing two fantastically different sounding albums after moving to London. 

Rachel has also performed to audiences in Switzerland, Austria and Germany touring for six months with a covers band as lead vocalist, performed as singer during a two month residency  in Beijing and has toured Bali, Japan and India performing in some of the biggest clubs.  Rachel is also a session singer for some truly established record labels and is currently writing, co-writing and producing new material.

“Music for me has always been about self discovery and constant reinvention. People always feel the need to box you off as an individual but this will never be possible as long as I’m creating music as it’s an ever changing process. It’s life!”

Colin Fahy

Song: “We’ve Come A Long Way”

Colin Fahy is based in Athlone and originally from Portumna, Co. Galway. He has been songwriting for over 10 years and performing for most of his life. As a teenager he formed a three piece called Croi Óg with two friends from his native Portumna and the group built up a loyal following touring the west and midlands throughout their college years and beyond.

When Croi Óg parted ways, Colin decided to go it alone and has since performed in venues and at festivals all over the country and further afield. Throughout this time, Colin has picked up various songwriting awards at competitions such as An Tostal, The Clonmel National Song Writing Contest and the Sean McCarthy Traditional Irish Song Contest.

Colin released a solo album in 2006 and recently he has been co-writing with Charlie McGettigan. One of those co-writes, ‘Take a Second Look’, features on Charlie’s new album ‘Man from 20’

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at or phone 01 661 4844. Doors open at 8:30pm.

The Christie Hennessy Song Contest is supported by IMRO, Tralee Chamber Alliance, Radio Kerry, Tralee Town Council, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser, The Troubadour Club & Brandon Hotel.

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