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.