Award-winning singer Chantel is back on home ground

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Former Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School student, singer Chantel McGregor will be going down with her loyal local fans when she plays at the Picturedrome, Holmfirth, on Friday, October 4.

She may be only 27 but singer and guitar player Chantel has already been hailed for her stunning live performances and effortless rock and roll musicianship.

She is now on tour, flushed with success from her recent triumph at the Great British R & B Festival in Colne in August where she was presented with two awards - Guitarist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

A formidable guitar player, she recently jammed on stage with Joe Bonamassa on two of his tours and has been praised for ‘channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers’.

The well-travelled musician is rarely home but when she’s back in West Yorkshire, she lives with her family in Wyke. Earlier this year she toured Finland and Belgium and now she’s in the West Country, playing in Totnes, Bridport and St Ives. She said: “I’m quite a shy person but I seem to lose my nerves once I get on stage. Playing live to a good audience is one of the best feelings in the world,” she said. Chantel was given her first guitar at the age of three. She began taking lessons at seven, became the youngest person to pass a Rock School exam at eight and gigged with bands from the age of ten.

Despite being told as a teenager that she had ‘a great voice but girls don’t play guitar like that’, Chantel persisted with her musical ambitions and enrolled at Leeds College of Music - becoming the first student to achieve a 100 per cent pass mark. Her debut album ‘Like No Other’ was released in 2012 and she is now writing songs for her second release.

Chantel and Mostly Autumn will take to the stage at the Picturedrome, Holmfirth at 7.30pm. Tel: 01484 689759.