The Chantel Mcgregor Band at Robin 2 in Wolverhampton
|Doors Open||Tuesday 04 March 2014 at 7:30 PM|
|Starts||Tuesday 04 March 2014 at 8:00 PM|
14+ only. 14s to 17s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.
On stage 8.45pm
In the words of distinguished London music promoter Pete Feenstra
"Think of all the pained expressions, all the grimaces and all the exaggerated shapes ever thrown by your favourite rock guitar heroes. Then think of every exclamatory yells, every pose and every macho gesture that ever populated rock's historic landscape.
Over the course of her two-hour show Chantel binned them all. For this was rock blues for the new age played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity…
At times it was hard to believe that this slight figure is capable of creating some of most intense guitar phrases while conversely being able to quiet a rock audience to the point of hushed reverence, as she switched from electric to acoustic guitar to let her mellifluous voice soar round the room.
Equally impressive was the way she brought her own material such as Peter Green tinged instrumental 'Cat's Song' and the powerful bluster and catchy hook of 'Free Falling' to sit quietly alongside the best of Bonnie Rait ('I Can't Make You Love Me') and Stevie Nicks ('Landslide')….
Chantel proved to be as expansive with her soloing on Bonamssa's 'Mountain Time' as she was abrasive on closing, bone crunching rendition of Tull's 'New Day Yesterday'. The latter would surely have brought a rueful smile to Ian Anderson's face. Of course Bonamassa role as a musical conduit looms large over the new generation of Rock/Blues players ranging from Chantel to Virgil & the Accelerators, all of whom seem to have been caught up in the JB led rebirth of British blues. But it is Chantel's ability to make something new out of the familiar that provides the integral part of her appeal…."