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John Spillane returns to Cork for mental health charity gig

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Famous entertainer John Spillane is performing a charity gig to help Grow Mental Health Recovery get back on its feet after a fire in their Cork City office.

The concert will take place on Friday, February 21 in An Spailpín Fánach on South Main Street in Cork city.

Grow Mental Health Recovery is a community-based organisation that helps people recover from mental health issues. 

The fire in Grow’s Grand Parade office occurred last November and caused severe disruption.   

According to the charity, funds are urgently needed to repair the damage at the office, in order to allow GROW to carry out their work across the county.

John Spillane is a Cork native and an award-winning singer/songwriter and is expected to draw a big crowd. 

Tickets cost €20 and available online from Eventbrite.

Local Grow Area Co-ordinator, Finola O’Callaghan, is calling on Cork people for their support. “The fire was a huge blow to us and a lot of work will be needed to repair the damage, so we are calling on people in the area to lend their support to allow us to continue offering this vital service. 

“We have always been able to rely on the generosity of the people in GROW in the past and I am sure they will get behind us once again.

“We are hoping that people will come along on the night to enjoy the fun, [and] we are also appealing to individuals and businesses to make donations to help us with the costs,” added Finola.

Grow Mental Health Recovery is a community-based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental wellbeing through free weekly meetings.

These meetings provide mutual help, understanding and encouragement to those who are struggling with any aspect of mental health, from depression, stress, anxiety, loneliness or isolation.

Grow is celebrating 50 years in Ireland this year and there are currently 130 groups across the country.

For further information visit www.grow.ie or call 021 427 7520.

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Indiana preschool teacher nails biggest gig yet in ‘The Voice’ audition – Entertainment News

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BARGERSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) – We have another talented Hoosier to track on this season of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”

Chelle, an 18-year-old from Bargersville in Johnson County, knocked it out of the park with her audition Tuesday night and landed on Team Kelly.

Now, she’s ready to chase her dream.

In her day job as a preschool teacher, Chelle Cox’s singing skills entertain and excite toddlers. But she just impressed a much more discerning audience on a much bigger stage.

In fact, the Bargersville teenager got three judges on NBC’s “The Voice” to turn their chairs – Blake Shelton did after just a few notes.

“When I was performing, I was looking over to my left and I saw him out of the corner of my eye, turn and I was just like, ‘OK!’ And any kind of nerve I had was immediately gone because I’m like, ‘OK, I made it onto a team,'” she said.

Singing a Billie Eilish song, Chelle made it through the Blind Auditions with three judges wanting her on their team: Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas. The fourth judge, John Legend, joked that he should have turned around, too.

“Your tone hit me,” Jonas said. “Made me feel emotional, which is the hardest thing to do as a performer.”

Chelle ended up choosing Kelly Clarkson as her coach.

“You know Nick almost had me,” Chelle said. “He said he’d write songs for me and you know what, I would take him up on that offer still. But when Kelly kind of threw that in there like ‘I was your age once. It’s hard being a teenage girl and putting yourself out there for everyone to see,’ I was, like, ‘You know what? If someone can really step in my shoes on over thinking things, I need to work with that person.'”

“I think you’re going to flourish on this show if you just…let go,” Clarkson told her on Tuesday night’s show.

We asked Chelle what it’s like to hear that kind of praise from those kinds of superstars.

“It was validation for sure, that all the hard work, all the years, all the traveling for gigs and auditions and stuff, it paid off,” she said.

Chelle, a self-described introvert, went to a lot of small gigs, often singing her favorites: blues and soul.

She graduated from an online high school last year and, as a hobby, collects rocks. She even gave specially chosen rocks to the judges after her audition.

Chelle’s grandfather first recognized her vocal talent when she was 9 or 10 years old. But it was YouTube where she perfected her performance with cover songs.

“I started a YouTube channel when I was 13. I was posting covers, gosh, probably like three a week maybe,” she explained.

Now, it’s “The Voice” and a successful blind audition that she had to keep a secret until Tuesday’s show aired.

“Oh, my goodness. I’m so excited I get to share all of this with everyone I love and care about,” Chelle said. “It was such a big night last night. I’m over the moon!”

She said she’s also thrilled to have fellow Hoosiers watch her star rise.

You can hear Chelle sing again during the “The Voice” Battle Rounds, which start Monday, March 23 at 8 p.m. on Channel 13.



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Woman admits punching teen girl amid 50-youth riot before Aberdeen Eddi Reader gig

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An Aberdeen woman has admitted involvement in an “aggressive” street attack which left two people in hospital – and caused a prominent songstress to be late taking the stage.

Musician Eddi Reader had been walking along Union Terrace on April 20 last year when she happened upon the incident involving a “marauding” gang of around 50 youths.

A 44-year-old man suffered serious injuries, while a 17-year-old girl was also hurt in the fracas.

Yesterday Courtney Maule, 21, pleaded guilty to playing a part in the incident.

Fiscal depute Brian Young said: “At around 8pm the complainer and a number of others were in Aberdeen to attend a concert.

“Around this time a group of youths were within Union Terrace Gardens.

“They started shouting insults at the complainer and an altercation arose.”

At the same time Maule had been a passenger in a car travelling along the neighbouring Union Terrace and saw the melee unfolding.

Some of those involved ran up and asked for her help. Maule became “agitated” then approached the 17-year-old girl, the court heard.

Mr Young said: “She walked straight over to the complainer, pulled her up to the road by her hair and punched her numerous times, causing her to fall to the ground.”

The girl was left with cuts and bruising and was taken to hospital along with a 44-year-old man.

Solicitor Lynn Bentley said Maule has stayed out of trouble since being locked up for a brief spell last year.

“Since that time she has not been charged with any other offences,” she explained.

Maule, of Seaton Place East, also admitted a charge of malicious mischief, where she caused almost £1,200 of damage by kicking a car parked on Exchange Street on March 28.

Sentencing was deferred until next month to allow for the preparation of social work reports.



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