Chantel McGregor takes to the road putting to the test new material from her eagerly anticipated second album.

Tonight Chantel heads north from her native Bradford for a visit to beautiful County Durham and a show at the impressive Gala Theatre. The room is packed and the anticipation is high for Chantel’s return to the North East. A recent lineup change sees new bass player Colin Sutton joining the band alongside long standing drummer Keith McPartling.

Chantel McGregor is most noted for being a guitar prodigy; but not only is she a fantastic guitarist, Chantel is also an incredibly talented songwriter, with superb vocals to boot. Her sound has developed and matured over recent times.

With Chantel’s new songs, it appears as though she is trying to diversify with a heavier sound, channeling her inner Rock Goddess. Of the nine new tracks played this evening, they are best described as straight up rock, with the exception of the rather deep and stunning acoustic tracks, “Anethesthetise” and “Home.” McGregor and her band appear to be genuinely enjoying playing the new album almost as much as the audience enjoyed getting their first airing of it.

Chantel has a great connection with drummer Keith. During the interlude between tracks, it seems as if they become a comedy double act, bouncing off each other throughout the course of the evening with amusing quips about her new blog, blood sucking flies, her new found passion for the ukulele, and the British weather, much to the amusement of the audience.

Chantel glides and spins about on stage wielding her trusty Musicman guitar as she rocks out to the incredible “Killing Time,” probably her heaviest track to date, with its thunderous drum line and pounding bass line, and a guitar riff the likes of Mark Tremonti would be proud of.

Obviously Chantel’s set wasn’t just all about the new album. Included in the show  were old favorites from her debut album Like No Other, including “Caught Out,” which opened the show, the upbeat party track “Fabulous,” and “I’m No Good For You,” which Chantel remarked is about Vampires.

However, it is McGregor’s epic rendition of Robin Trower’s “Daydream” which leaves the audience speechless, during which she demonstrates such passion and intensity in her playing, and a sublime solo with great tone.

Chantel finished her main set with “Walk On Land,” which is sure to be the standout song of the new album and left the crowd wanting more. The band returned to the stage to close the night with a new track,”Take The Power,” and departed the stage to a standing ovation from the Durham crowd.

Chantel wrote her new album in ten weeks and judging by her set this evening, she has flexed her creative and songwriting muscles, producing a more focused rock album, as opposed to Like No Other, which included a diverse array of songs. The album is targeted for a summer release and tonight Chantel lets the cat out of the bag indicating that her new album could be called Lose Control, the title track of which was included in her set, and it sounded superb.

We look forward to more of what is to come from Chantel over the coming months.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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