Malachi Cush in Christmas return following freak car accident
Co Tyrone singer Malachi Cush has spoken of how music has helped him recover from a freak accident which left him seriously injured and fearing for his life.
He also praised his wife, joking their wedding vows had been tested as he journeyed on the long road to recovery.
"You have your dark days, but with the support of my family I'm getting through it," he told The Irish News.
In June Mr Cush suffered injuries to his legs and head when he was hit by a runaway car.
The singer made his return to the stage - on crutches - two months later when he appeared at Clonard Monastery as part of the annual Feile an Phobail festival.
He has now teamed up with bass baritone and friend Karl McGuckin for a series of December shows, The Gift of Christmas: A Celebration of Christmas Music, featuring performances of Christmas carols and hymns, "from old material to new".
Mr Cush and Mr McGuckin have staged their Celebration of Christmas Music at larger venues, including the Cathedrals in Armagh and Downpatrick in recent years.
But this year they are bringing their concert to more intimate venues, including parishes in Banbridge, Keady, Pomeroy and Dungannon.
"I maybe wouldn't have the stamina for a full show on my own, which is why it's fantastic to be doing the shows with Karl," he said.
Posted by Malachi Cush Official on Wednesday, November 27, 2019
I hope you can join us at one of our dates this December. Really looking forward to seeing some of you there. x
The shows will star special guests including Andrea Begley, Liam Lawton, Fiona Flynn and Cathy McLernon, as well as local choirs.
Mr Cush said he was delighted to be part of The Gift of Christmas shows.
"There's a number of venues, from Clonard, St Therese's Church in Banbridge, St Mary's in Pomeroy and St Patrick's Dungannon.
"Music can support me through this, it can lift you and stir the emotions, it's definitely been a good distraction."
The Donaghmore man was standing outside SA Trotter's family hardware store in Dungannon with owner Andrew Trotter when a car careered down the street, mounted the pavement and crashed into them.
Mr Trotter suffered injuries to his head, shoulder and elbow, while Mr Cush sustained injuries to his lower legs and head.
Lying on the pavement surrounded by paramedics, Mr Cush said he thought he was going to die.
The 38-year-old was transported to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Initially doctors were concerned he may have had internal injuries.
He revealed that he will have more surgery on his right leg next month.
"I've had a lot of time to think about it and am still living with the consequences of what happened," he said.
"I've still got a leg brace on and am going to weekly appointments at the Royal.
"I'm undergoing constant rehab and physio and will be having ranterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in January, which will involve using your hamstrings from one leg to act as the new ligament.
"But I know I need it so I can settle myself about it."
Mr Cush found fame in the BBC's Fame Academy in 2002 and as well as a successful singing career has also presented television programmes.
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