THE first female to be voted Guitarist Of The Year is heading to Cornwall for two gigs.
Chantel McGregor, earning a reputation as one of the most exciting guitarists in the UK, will be bringing her band to Bude and St Ives.
It's great news for live rock lovers in Cornwall given she's won four awards in the last three years – and has been nominated for a guitar gong at the British Blues Awards, alongside blues hotshot Aynsley Lister, later this month.
Chantel brings her band to The Guildhall at St Ives on Monday, September 8 and Penstowe Manor in Bude on Wednesday, September 10.
The awards are indicative of her increasing popularity in the UK and beyond. In an industry where male guitarists have been dominant and received most of the limelight on and off stage, it's being seen as a refreshing and justifiable change.
Jamming on stage with Joe Bonamassa on two of his tours so far, Chantel is a formidable guitar player, a talented singer-songwriter and her live performances are captivating.
She's been described in recent reviews as "a force to be reckoned with", a "pocket rocket dynamo" and a Southport audience "often found themselves watching in awe and applauded rapturously as the night wore on".
She played a show at the Acorn in Penzance back in May so this is a second chance for anyone who missed out or for those who live at the other end of the county.
You can listen to Chantel playing songs from her debut album Like No Other at https://soundcloud.com/chantelmcgregor
Advance tickets for The Guildhall are £13 while for Penstowe Manor they are £12.50 or £15 on the door.
Doors open at 7pm at The Guildhall and 6.30pm at Penstowe Manor.
To book call 01472 349 222 or see www.solidentertainments.com
For more information, see www.chantelmcgregor.com