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Chantel McGregor & Erja Lyytinen

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A female guitar prodigy, Chantel McGregor was told by a major label that she had a "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" Wisely ignoring their comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark at BTEC, with 18 distinctions. 

Chantel released her highly anticipated album, Lose Control, in  2015, this being the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut album, Like No Other. After years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel returned with a vengeance with 10 new songs that not only salute contemporary rock, but shows her gradual transition from conventional blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences. The single, Take The Power, from her latest album, was playlisted for five weeks on Planet Rock radio. Chantel is currently writing for her third album, debuting some of the new tracks on her 2018 UK & European tour.

“Finnish slide goddess" (The Blues Magazine) Erja Lyytinen is a singer, a slide guitarist and a songwriter who plays more than 100 shows every year and releases albums through her label Tuohi Records. After her latest Stolen Hearts album, which was mixed by Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey, she performed on the Finnish TV show Stars Stars for millions on TV and is building a career that has taken her to perform together with Sonny Landreth among others. In November 2017 Erja won the European Blues Award for Best Guitarist and was voted the seventh best blues guitarist in a poll of The MusicRadar. In June 2018 she opened for Santana at their show in Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park.

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