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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

CHANTEL McGREGOR - LOSE CONTROL - THE DONCASTER ADVENTURE

Wow, I'm going to come straight out with it, Chantel McGregor's new album, "Lose Control" is, in my humble opinion, just simply fabulous!
This is a very different Chantel, the blues rock influence may still be there but this is a much 'heavier' and somewhat 'darker' album than her debut album "Like No Other" and while I'm not going to give you a blow by blow track by track review I'll post up a couple of links to reviews that you can visit if you so wish.


So, if you wish to read more take a peep here, or even there:-

http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2015/09/album-review-chantel-mcgregor-lose-control/

http://ramzine.co.uk/reviews/review-chantel-mcgregor-lose-control/

Ok, so Chantel was playing a gig on the Lose Control tour at Doncaster in The Icebreakers Bar at The Dome, we thought, that's close enough and do-able so we did, it was a true Fellowship adventure of epic proportions.


So in the words of the bard himself (Me) here it is retold the only way it can be, in words and pictures, oh and by the way, as I construct this here blog I am listening to Lose Control (The album) by Chantel McGregor (Just so's you know!).

Doncaster Over and Out

Friday the 16th October was Tim and Peter’s birthdays
By 2 O’clock work already seemed a lifetime away
Chris and I had had lunch in the Crown
We’d enjoyed a massive ‘Ploughman’s Lunch’
With a few fine beers to wash them down

The Crown at Stotfold

Peter and Kevin arrived and we were on our way
With an uneventful drive up to Doncaster
And so started a new adventure as Kevin was heard to say
We’d checked in at the Lakeside Travelodge in good time
And we settled down to await the arrival of Tim
We didn’t have to wait too long for him

The view from my hotel room
We did however have a long walk to the bus stop
But at just one pound a head the fare to town was very cheap
And so there we were, in the middle of Doncaster old town
Its stunning delights so to reap

Three out of five in The Doncaster Brewery Tap

So did we find the Doncaster Brewery and the Brewery Tap?
You bet we did
The finest crafted real ales and for a pint, less than three quid!
They also sold speciality pies, I couldn’t believe my eyes
When they arrived with a tray full of sauces and pickles
This must indeed be a foretaste of heaven

Those pies, those pies!
Time passes as it has a habit of doing so 
All too soon it was time for us to go
To the Icebreakers Bar in the Doncaster Dome
Two taxis did the trick
Which were also very cheap and very quick

The Dome in Doncaster
In we went through the massive complex
Until we found the Icebreakers Bar
To see the amazing Chantel McGregor
She was on fire this night, a little darker and heavier than before
Her music you fool, what do you take me for?

Chantel in black
Chantel's band really rock
A stunning set and a damn fine time
But when it finished the night was still yet young
So a bus ride back to Doncaster town centre
And the Brewery Tap to re-enter
Just in time for last orders

Could that be the Brewery Tap again?
Somewhat foolishly it was on to Weatherspoons
For a late night cap, or two, as you do, as you do
We piled into a large taxi and it was back to the hotel
Up and down and down and up in the lift
Getting told off by the girl on reception
But that was probably well within our expectation
We did however keep the noise down
Apart from the hiccoughs and giggles
But we slept like babies until morn

A good buffet breakfast back at Icebreakers
Set us up for the journey home
Apart from poor Peter who somewhat delicate
Stayed in the car all alone
For I think last night had somewhat done for him
But oh, what an adventure once again

Lose Control, Chantel? Never
Chantel’s new album is called ‘Loose Control’
I think we did that all right
But oh what a night
That was
Doncaster, over and out.

Still Fabulous

Grant Meaby 21/10/15

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