Chantel McGregor – Halifax Playhouse – 25 March 2011

Firstly a quick work about the venue, I‘ve not been to Halifax Playhouse before it is a lovely little venue that seats about 260 people, a credit to everyone involved with it.

For one reason and another I’ve only previously been able to catch half of a set from Chantel McGregor down at The Barge in Brighouse, which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward to tonight as Chantel moves onto bigger venues and hopefully a bright musical future. The set opened with Joe Bonamassa’s Bridge to Better Days and really set the scene of what we could expect all evening. As well as covers, we also got some self penned songs from Chantel’s forth coming debut CD, which is due out in April and they all sounded really great.
With the exception of a brief acoustic interlude, which ended a great version of Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon, Chantel was back up by drummer Martin Rushworth and Richard Ritchie on the Bass who provide a great driving rhythm section through the night.
Chantel now heads out a UK tour, if she is playing near you I would recommend attending, and of course the debut CD is out in April so you can also support her by buying that through her web site.
Before I close I’d like to briefly mention the support act, Patrick McCallion, who played a solo acoustic set. His songs have some great lyrics, which are really well observed.


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