Get-To-Know Lonesome Chris Todd

Get to Know: Lonesome Chris Todd

In existence since 2009, The Hardchargers are an Irish blues and roots rock trio.  Following a change in line-up in 2017 however, The Hardchargers are going into 2018 as a more flexible entity, with Lonesome Chris Todd being joined on any given occasion by a bassist and drummer drawn from a pool of six players. 

Once described by The Belfast Telegraph’s Frances Burscough as having, “Possibly the deepest, dirtiest voice since Captain Beefheart”, Todd is a true original; a slide guitar aficionado with a voice that’s got to be heard to be believed. Get to Know Lonesome Chris Todd.


Where you’re from: Ballyclare, County Antrim

Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: Electrified Country Blues/Rock/Roots

Digital music, CDs or vinyl: All three

Biggest musical influence: The entire recorded history of the Blues (from the 1920’s to the present)

What you’re listening to right now: A Link Wray compilation

Favourite venue: Anywhere that no-one asks, “so, could you maybe do a few covers, you know like, maybe some Ed Sheeran”

Best local band of the moment: Either The Bonnevilles or No Oil Paintings.

Last gig you attended: Ronnie Greer, John McCullough and Nicky Scott at The American Bar in Belfast.

Best gig you have ever attended: Jesse Dayton at the Errigle Inn’s Real Music Club, just last October.

Favourite album of all time: Howlin’ Wolf: The Chess Box

Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Ennio Morricone

Last thing you do before going onstage: Take a deep breath.

You can catch The Hardchargers live at one of their upcoming gigs; the Ardhowen theatre Enniskillen on February 24th and their Belfast Nashville Festival gig in the Clayton Hotel on March 10th.