One of the most exciting guitarists in the UK, Chantel McGregor, appears with her band at the Dorking Halls on Friday May 30.

In an industry where male guitarists have been dominant and received most of the limelight on and off stage, it was a refreshing change and a justifiable first, that a female artist was voted Guitarist of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2013.

The signs were there from an early age: at eight, she became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rock school exam; at 12 she was jamming in her native Bradford and soon after she became the first student in the Leeds College of Music’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions. Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, for outstanding musicianship.

Jamming on stage with Joe Bonamassa on two of his tours so far, Chantel is a formidable guitar player, a very talented singer-songwriter and her live performances are truly captivating.

Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one.

Tickets cost £12 and are available from the box office.