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Sizzling start to Andrea Begley tour... in Cookstown

By Claire Williamson

What a difference a year makes.

Despite winning the BBC singing competition The Voice UK which took her all over the world - Andrea Begley is kicking off her next tour at an arts centre in Cookstown.

Pomeroy's Andrea hit lofty heights in 2013 when she was crowned the winner of the competition where The Script's front man Danny O'Donoghue was her mentor.

Meanwhile, fellow Northern Ireland Voice UK star Leah McFall who was runner-­­up to Andrea on the show, continues to live the high life with her US music star mentor Will.i.am.

The visually-impaired Tyrone talent followed up her winning success with her first album The Message which reached No7 in the UK charts and in the past year she also released her autobiography.

However, as Andrea embarks on her next tour in Cookstown - excitement is building around the upcoming release of Leah's new album.

She is signed to Will.i.am's label in the US and to Capitol Records in the UK and was the support act on his Willpower tour which kicked off in Paris last October.

She also performed at London's Wireless Festival. Leah from Carnmoney outside Belfast was whisked off to LA by Will.i.am when the series ended, but it seems home is where the heart is for Andrea as she is about to undertake a Northern Ireland tour in November and December which starts this weekend in the Burnavon Arts Centre and takes her across the country to venues in Lisburn, Enniskillen, Armagh and many more.

Andrea said: "Starting off in Cookstown is very important to me because the strongest support for me has come from around home. Even before my success on The Voice UK, people locally have been very supportive to me at events and gigs locally.

"It is therefore fitting that I begin my new tour in the Burnavon and I can't wait. It's very exciting and I am looking forward to the Cookstown gig and to the whole tour."

Andrea will be performing the ballad style of music that she is known for, plus songs from her latest album.

She will also be adding some different styles of music to her set list including a selection of country, blues and even jazz comprising what she called an "interesting mix".

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