For music fans, whether it be an artist’s new material or tour dates – as they say, all good things come to those who wait.
It’s been approximately four years since the release of Chantel McGregor’s last studio album Lose Control. And whilst her fans have been eager for new material, the British blues/rock guitarist and singer/songwriter has been busy on the road and in the studio. The result of which is that Chantel McGregor is presently getting ready to release, not one but two albums worth of material.
The beauty of each of these recordings is that they both showcase a different side of the artist. Of course, we all know that Chantel McGregor rocks, but her forthcoming acoustic record will highlight an area of the Bradford native’s playing that is not so often heard on record. Whilst Chantel’s upcoming concert record will feature live tracks from both of her studio albums, as well as some previously unreleased material.
It’s been a couple of years since McGregor’s last show on Tyneside. And following a trip down the coast from Edinburgh including stops for Fish and Chips at Sea Houses, as well as taking in the sights of TV show Vera – Chantel and her band arrives at The Cluny in Newcastle.
With a new live album still just a week away from release, presently the best and only way to experience Chantel McGregor live is in person. And tonight the loyal Tyneside crowd need no encouragement, as they are out in their droves to witness the return of their favourite Yorkshire guitar slinger.
As Chantel takes to the stage she takes the crowd through the first half of the show, which is largely drawn from sophomore album Lose Control. Of course, Chantel’s second album represented a harder rock-orientated side of her repertoire. Tracks featuring at the top of the night include set opener Take The Power, the frantic Killing Time, the incredibly infectious Southern Belle along with the dark and brooding Your Fever.
There are many jaw-dropping moments in tonight’s show and the first of which comes five songs into the set when Chantel graces The Cluny audience with the magical Eternal Dream. This stunning Jeff Buckley inspired composition gently switches the pace of the set. Whilst McGregor’s emotive solo in the latter stages of the song is a highlight for sure.
A three-song acoustic segment follows, which in turn, gives the crowd a taste of what is to come from Chantel’s forthcoming unplugged album. This includes a beautiful airing of Anaesthetize, a stripped-back performance of old favourite Caught Out. However, it is one of Chantel’s more recent tracks – Inconsolable that steals the show. The latter of which starts as a gentle acoustic ballad before meandering into a fully electrified display of guitar mastery. McGregor channels so much of herself into her playing.
Chantel picks the pace back up with Lose Control and Burn Your Anger, before introducing a further new track in the shape of April. Chantel walks a fine line between rock, blues and prog and the epic aforementioned track certainly has a more progressive flavour to it. For those wanting to hear more, April will also appear on McGregor’s new live album.
The main set is brought to a close with one of the few tracks to feature from Chantel’s debut record by way of Freefalling before a spellbinding rendition of Walk On The Land closes out the night proper.
Tonight’s show is a real joy from start to finish. For those wanting to hear more, Chantel McGregor’s new live album will be released on Friday 6th September. Pre-orders are currently available at https://www.chantelmcgregor.com/.
Event Date: 28-Aug-2019