Prodigy Chantel has come of age

One of the most exciting rock and blues musicians in the UK is set to play the Citadel next month.

Chantel McGregor was voted Young Musician of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2011, Female Vocalist of the Year in 2012 and has this year been nominated for two further awards - including Guitarist of the Year.

Jamming on stage with Joe Bonamassa on two of his tours so far, Chantel is a formidable guitar player, a super-talented singer songwriter and her live performances have been described as “truly captivating”.

At the age of eight, musical prodigy Chantel became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rock school exam.

She later moved on from her native Bradford to enrol at the world-renowned Leeds College of Music - where she became the first student in the college’s history to achieve a 100 per cent pass mark.

She left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music as well as a coveted prize for outstanding musicianship.

A recent quote in Nightshift, Oxford’s music magazine, read: “Chantel McGregor deserves to be held up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain, she doesn’t strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts it, as if she’s channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers.”

The great news for rock and blues enthusiasts, and aspiring musicians in and around St Helens, is that Chantel will be playing at the Citadel on Saturday, October 12.

To book your tickets, call the Waterloo Street venue’s box office on 01744 735436 or go online at: www.citadel.org.uk