Chantel McGregor: Live at Edinburgh's 'The Caves'

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Edinburgh, Scotland — Sunday saw Chantel McGregor, voted Best Blues Guitarist at the British Blues Awards, headlining in The Caves. Wikinewsie Brian McNeil took along his camera to capture this remarkable young Yorkshire musician playing live. The previous evening saw her playing in Glasgow, with the current tour hitting Morecambe yesterday, Bristol's The Tunnels on Wednesday, and Derby on Thursday.

Supporting Chantel were local, self-styled "Rootsy/Country/Soul" three-piece The Rising Souls. Despite The Caves — which local lore claims is haunted — being buried in the city's Cowgate, their percussionist was playing a Cajón; often-seen in the city as musicians try to avoid running foul of the City of Edinburgh Council's licensing board, and risking venues being closed down over as-little as a single noise complaint.

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Chantel McGregor on guitar, Keith McPartling on drums, and Richard Ritchie on bass.
Image: Brian McNeil.
Local support act, The Rising Souls
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The crowd were quiet throughout, with one notable exception, paying more-attention to the musicianship than dancing.
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The Rising Souls; from left to right: Tom on cajón, Dave on lead vocals and guitar, and Kelso on bass.
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Dave and Tom, taking full advantage of the venue's acoustics.
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Dave and Tom, taking full advantage of the venue's acoustics.
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Despite the cold, the crowd soon warmed to support act The Rising Souls.
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Despite the cold, the crowd soon warmed to support act, The Rising Souls.
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The woman everyone had come to see: Chantel McGregor.
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Although — initially — reacting nervously to an over-enthusiastic inebriated fan, Chantel played a stunning set.
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Drummer, Keith McParting, gives the fan at the front a hard stare.
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The woman everyone had come to see: Chantel McGregor.
Image: Brian McNeil.
Chantel McGregor on guitar, Keith McPartling on drums, and Richard Ritchie on bass.
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Drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Chantel McGregor on guitar, Keith McPartling on drums, and Richard Ritchie on bass.
Image: Brian McNeil.
Chantel, making her Fender Stratocaster cry.
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Cold? Richard Ritchie seemed to think so; wearing a fingerless glove on his picking hand.
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With her long mane of blonde hair, Chantel is an impressive sight on-stage.
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With her long mane of blonde hair, Chantel is an impressive sight on-stage.
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The set was a mix of well-known covers, and numerous of Chantel McGregor's own compositions.
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As the performance progressed, the crowd moved closer to the stage.
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The Caves proved an intimate venue for Chantel's brand of blues playing.
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Chantel's band played-off each-other particularly-well.
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Chantel playing her white Gibson Les Paul.
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Chantel's band played-off each-other particularly-well.
Image: Brian McNeil.
Chantel with drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Chantel with drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Chantel with drummer, Keith McPartling.
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Drummer Keith McPartling and bassist Richard Ritchie.
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View from the floor, literally.
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View from the floor, literally.
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View from the floor, literally.
Image: Brian McNeil.
From the balcony in The Caves, you've a perfect view of the stage.
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Unlike other venues Wikinews' photographer has visited, the acoustics of The Caves still give a great sound upstairs.
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Upstairs in The Caves, looking down onto the stage.
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