Rising guitar star is at The Flowerpot

Chantel McGregor
Chantel McGregor

Who’s Next bring their tribute to the music of The Who to The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, December 13.

Who’s Next capture a magical point in time when many believe that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth.

The live show aims to recreate this period in the early 1970s with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments.

The result is a time capsule ride back to the days of Live at Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows.

It is a must for any Who fan.

Their set includes all of Pete Townshend’s classic pop songs from adrenaline-fuelled Mod classics such as I Can’t Explain, Substitute and Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere to the psychedelic imagery of Tommy’s Pinball Wizard, Sparks and Amazing Journey, not forgetting rock anthems like My Generation, Baba O’Riley and a show-stopping version of Won’t Get Fooled Again.

This gig at The Flowerpot is a special Quadrophenia and Greatest Hits Show.

Then, on Saturday, December 14, the King Street-based venue welcomes a guitarist who takes the technicalities of Vai and Satriani and blends this with the excitement of Hendrix to create high energy blues-rock in the vein of Joe Bonamassa and Aynsley Lister.

One of the rising stars of today’s British blues-rock scene, Chantel McGregor and her band are a real hot property at the moment.

At the age of eight, Chantel became the youngest person in the country to pass a rock school exam and at 12, she was jamming in her native Bradford and evolving into an incredible musician.

Described as a prodigy, at 14 Chantel was told by major labels “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!”

Wisely ignoring that advice, she enrolled at the world-renowned Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100 per cent pass mark, with 18 distinctions.

Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, for outstanding musicianship.

Chantel has since stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances are proving that this is rock blues for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity.

Doors open at 8pm for both gigs and admission to the gigs is £9 for Who’s Next and £11 for Chantel McGregor Band.

For more details about these - and forthcoming gigs - at the Flowerpot, you can go online to www.rawpromo.co.uk