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3 April 2014

Cornwall’s famous musicians

The X-factor has hit Cornwall for the first time in the past week, with thousands of people queuing for hours to take part in auditions for the popular TV show in Newquay.

People of all ages queued from 5am on Sunday to take part in the auditions, which reached Cornwall for the first time thanks to the show’s new travelling studio.

Most of those people saw their dreams dashed but a few made it through to the next round and will perform for the cameras again soon.

One person who made it through was Freya Levendi, who had reason to book into our cottages in Cornwall after travelling from Australia for the chance to audition.

In honour of the fact The X-factor visited the Duchy we thought we’d take a look at four of the most famous Cornish musicians.

Mick Fleetwood

Founding member of rock gods Fleetwood Mac Mick Fleetwood was born in Redruth before spending much of his childhood travelling around the world with his family, as his father was in the RAF.

Nonetheless, he never forgot his Cornish roots, since it was in the county that he was bought his first drum kit – and he never looked back, going on to achieve worldwide success.

Roger Taylor

The Queen drummer was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, but moved to Truro aged 7 and grew up in the county.

The first band he was art of was formed with fellow pupils at Truro School, before he moved to London to study music at University and eventually became part of Queen.

The drummer is credited with writing many Queen songs, including A Kind Of Magic, Radio Ga Ga and Under Pressure.

Andrew Ridgeley

The other half of Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley’s links to Cornwall didn’t develop until his musical career was over.

He now lives near Wadebridge along with wife Keren Woodward, who was part of Bananarama.

Richard D James

Richard James is best known as cult alt rock project Aphex Twin and has been described by The Guardian as "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music.

Although he was born in limerick, Ireland, he grew up in Lanner and went to Redruth School, where he first started making music aged 12.

As a teen he DJ’d at pubs in St Ives and Crantock and studied at Cornwall College before moving to London to study music at Kingston University, and ultimately finding success.

Alex Parks

Alex Parks was one of the first reality TV stars Britain ever saw, after winning the BBC’s Fame Academy, a show similar to the X-factor, in 2003.

Alex, who hails from Mount Hawke, saw early success as an artist, scoring a top 10 single and platinum selling album, before her second release fell flat and she was released by her label.


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