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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.

Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!