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Thursday 19 October 2017

Music's in the blood for X Factor Rebecca, says her showband star dad

FAMILY TALENT: Her uncle taught Phil Lynott to play the bass

MUSIC runs in the family for X Factor finalist Rebecca Creighton

Dubliner Rebecca (21), who is gearing up to appear on the live finals alongside her band Belle Amie, comes from a long lineage of musical talent.

The Herald can reveal that her father Noel played in showbands during the 1970s -- and her uncle Eddie even taught Phil Lynott how to play bass.

The Thin Lizzy legend was learning to play in a basement music centre on South Anne Street, where her uncle Eddie was giving lessons.



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"Eddie is playing on his own, doing gigs. He taught Phil Lynott how to place bass -- in South Anne Street," Noel told the Herald. "In the back room, Phil Lynott used to come in trying to play his bass and Eddie was teaching in there."

Rebecca's talented father took to stages countrywide with his showbands, even briefly performing with well-known act The Chessman.

He was raised by his equally talented parents for a passion in music -- and says that Rebecca grew up seeing old pictures and hearing stories about her musical family.

"My family used to play banjo in the park with all the banjo bands in Phoenix Park, collecting for hospices -- a long time ago. It was mostly charity work.

"There's an old story in my house -- my mother would tell me when we were going on stage or if we were unsure of lyrics, 'remember now you're a Creighton, you can't let us down'," he said. Their talents have extended to Rebecca's generation, and her sister Nicola recently performed as a backing singer for Michael Buble at the Aviva Stadium.

However, older sister Joanna insisted: "Rebecca is most talented -- has it all. Sometimes someone can sing but doesn't look right, or they look right but they're just not the best singer -- she's perfect.

"We hope she goes all the way. The band are brilliant," she said.

Each of his six children were so talented that music man Noel was hoping they could start a hit family band. "Before the Corrs got together, we wanted to put something together but they wouldn't," he said.

Her supportive sister Joanna insisted that Rebecca was born for stardom.

"We could see this day coming. Every year we watch the X Factor and we'd say 'Rebecca, you're going to be on that next year'. She deserves it, I couldn't recommend a better person," she said.

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