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Review: Chantel McGregor at the Atkinson

Steph Niciu reviews the acclaimed guitarist

MULTI award winning guitarist and vocalist Chantel McGregor showed us that she is a force to be reckoned with when she came to The Atkinson, writes Steph Niciu.

Bradford-born McGregor was described as a prodigy from a young age.

Going against the advice of major record labels, who told her ‘great voice, but no one can play guitar like that’, she has gone on to find success with her phenomenal talent, down to earth personality and witty sense of humour.

McGregor started the set as she meant to go on, with outstanding guitar playing as she belted out self- penned songs ‘Caught Out’ and ‘Screams Everlasting’, taken from her debut album Like No Other.

She performed with such effortlessness that the audience often found themselves watching in awe and applauded rapturously as the night wore on.

McGregor was accompanied by a fantastic rhythm section, Keith McParthling on drums and Richard Ritchie on bass, who were equally skilful in their own right. However, the sheer energy and enthusiasm of McParthling’s drumming did detract from her performance, at times.

McGregor’s musicianship really had a chance to shine when she improvised. It was in these moments that the audience got to witness just how in command she was of her instrument, as she was able to take it to dizzying heights. McGregor and her guitar undoubtedly became a powerful entity.

After the interval, she changed the tone with an acoustic set which gave us the opportunity to appreciate her vocal talent with covers including Bruno Mars’ Grenade and Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.

McGregor finished the set with Fabulous which was the perfect way to end an unforgettable night of live music.

 

Chantel McGregor, who wowed audiences at The Atkinson

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