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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

THE FELLOWSHIP GOT THE BLUES - CHANTEL MCGREGOR AT CLUB-85


It was like being back in the old Fellowship days, just me, Chris, Kevin and Peter at a gig, Corona's on display.
Before that we'd had a nice couple of drinks at The Vic' with Paul and Lynne before they went off to a party and suddenly, there we were, at Club-85 at a blues gig and what a quality gig it was.

The evening kicked off with Hertfordshire based singer songwriter Rob Eaton who can play a mean blues song (or several) when the mood takes him, making great use of looping and a mixture of his acoustic and electric guitars he turned in an absolutely excellent set to get us all in the mood.

Next up was Alan Riches Progressive Blues, a fine three piece who with a few originals and several classic covers treated us to some stunning blues rock, their version of Fleetwood Mac's Green Manalishi and Cream's Politician were amazing, talk about taking you back!

In among the really excellent crowd at Club-85 it was great to see so many people we knew from Skegness Rock and Blues, Cambridge Rock Festival and the Sunday Night Blues at the Red as well as a lot of the Club-85 regulars and many who had never been down this way before!


Chantel's Bunnies with the chief bunny herself :)
It had been far too long since we had last seen Chantel and it was good to catch up with her and her mum Janet before the gig.

Chantel McGregor was absolutely stunning and with such a tight band behind her.
As ever she made playing the guitar look like it was completely effortless and her heavier, more progressive approach to her songs, most of which are blues rock grounded works so well, we all agreed that we will be hard pressed to see and hear a better guitarist or even for that matter any better live performer anytime soon.


The Fellowship got the Blues

Saturday the fourth of March
two thousand and seventeen
and the Fellowship were feeling mean
I have to say, mean
in the best possible way
what I mean to say is
we got, or certainly looked forward to
gettin' the blues, as you do
and we certainly got the blues real bad
top quality blues and blues rock
among the best we've ever had
were we at Club-85 or at Jacks in Skeggy?
At times it was hard to say
as the music and the atmosphere
made us feel that way.

Rob Eaton

Top class solo blues from Rob Eaton
how was that going to be beaten?
Alan Riches Progressive Blues
blues rock that rocked us into our dancing shoes

Alan Riches Progressive Blues
And then came Chantel
her heavier more progressive approach 
went down so well
stunning, amazing
what else can I say
she was so on form this day
and with such a tight band
surely there's not another guitarist to match her
in the land
well certainly in my opinion there's not
she was red hot
in fact
she was FABULOUS.

Chantel, simply fabulous




GM March 2017


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