‘Voice of Fife’ returns to Falkirk

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Christmas is a time of homecoming for many people - including rising singing star Dionne Hickey.

The talented vocalist returns to Stenhousemuir tomorrow evening (Friday) for her first hometown show in several months.

The 18-year-old has been in demand ever since winning the ‘Voice of Fife’ talent competition organised by The Fife Free Press, a sister paper of The Falkirk Herald.

“I can’t remember the last time I played in Falkirk,” Dionne said.

“Things really picked up after I was crowned Voice of Fife, I’ve been playing all over the place.

“But it’ll be great to play in front of all my friends and family again.”

The former Larbert High School pupil, who performs a range of classic and contemporary chart hits by the likes of Adele, ABBA and Billy Ocean, will take to the stage at Dykes Stables in Gerald Terrace at 9 p.m.

And two days later she’ll appear at the Elphinstone Inn in Airth at 5 p.m. to complete a busy weekend.

Modest Dionne claims she “didn’t even know she could sing” until teachers heard her and encouraged her to perform in public.

She entered the Falkirk Herald’s ‘Voice of Falkirk’ competition in 2010, but now says that it came too early for her.“I just didn’t have the confidence,” she added. “But a year later I was ready to show what I could do.”