Rising blues rock vocalist/guitarist Chantel McGregor has had a busy year and next year looks set to be just as busy…

How has the past year been for you music wise?

Absolutely magic, whilst its not been a year of introducing new things, its been a year of introducing new energy, with probably now the best rhythm section in the country, so the whole thing has taken on a new dimension. It’s gone from being a rehearsed set to a spontaneous band where we’re pushing the boundaries at each gig, so no two gigs are the same, we might fly off into jazz in the middle of a rock song, just to see where we can take it.

You have been toured a lot throughout this year. What have been the live highlights for you and why?

Finland, not just for the music, but because it was my first time in Scandinavia and what an amazingly beautiful country. It’s been great playing Europe and the UK aswell, but being somewhere where I haven’t got a clue about the language and night doesn’t exist, is just immense and a wonderful experience with lovely people!

What have you got planned music wise for next year?

Lots of touring, both in the UK and Europe and a new album. I’m currently in the studio writing and recording, but I’m not going to let it be released until its right and I’m happy with it, quality’s more important than quantity.

Top five albums of 2012

This is going to make you laugh, because whilst I’m thought of as a blues artist, the music I listen to, isn’t necessarily blues. So here we go (and in no particular order):-

1 Bruno Mars – Doo-Wop’s and Hooligans

2 John Mayer – Born and Raised

3 Opeth – Heritage

4 I haven’t put a 4 and 5 because the first three are better!





Top DVD of 2012

I haven’t had much time to watch many so I haven’t got one!

Top gigs of 2012

 Marillion were brilliant at Cambridge when we did support for them, one of the best live bands around!

Highs and lows of 2012

The highs, musically, the band evolving, the gigs and the audiences, the lows, the bits of politics and how unethical some can be in this industry, but I don’t worry about those, I just rant for a day and then think ~~~~~~~~~~ to them!

Any tips for bands/musicians to keep an eye on in 2013?

Everyone’s got different tastes so I think it’s about going to see anyone and everyone and making your own mind up, that’s the only way that new artists will emerge and the live music scene survive

Message for your fans

A big thanks, you’re lovely. I’m so lucky to have you, you’re more like friends than fans, you know I like to talk so have a chat when you see me!

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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)

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