The Hard Chargers

Sat 11 Aug 2018

On January 5th 2018, after eight years of driving their mesmerising gumbo of country blues and electric dreams the length and breadth of Ireland, the Hardchargers released their debut album Scarecrow nationally (UK) through Market Square Records/Proper Distribution.


Led by Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, ‘Lonesome’ Chris Todd, the HardChargers formed in 2009.  Eschewing plodding 12-bars and standard covers, the HardChargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the country blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Lil Son Jackson. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of Mississippi and Texas Country Blues of the 1930’s and 40’s with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris’ real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of Blues/Roots/Rock history since.


Lonesome Chris Todd: ‘The Scarecrow album is the essence of the Hardchargers – by far the best HardChargers recording to date. It’s a vinyl-length collection of eight tracks, honed down from a three-hour set-list, and it represents exactly what  The Hardchargers sound is all about. This is a souvenir for all our Irish fans and a calling card for the wider world to show what the Hardchargers sound is all about.


For all Belfast’s heritage as a ‘blues city’ – from the days of Van Morrison’s Them at the Maritime and Rory Gallagher’s Taste at Club Rado and all the local heroes from that era still playing – it casts a long shadow:

 Lonesome Chris Todd: ‘There’s a kind of blues orthodoxy in Belfast that comes from that golden age in the 60s – and we’ve partly reacted against that. I was born in 1980 and I’ve had the privilege of seeing and learning from the likes of Jim Armstrong and Billy Harrison [both ex-Them], and hearing the same Rory Gallagher records that everyone in Ireland is rightly proud of.  They were all outsiders and underdogs in their own time and, funnily enough, The HardChargers have kind of had that experience within the blues world in our time! I’ve found the space beneath the underdog – it can be frustrating, but what doesn’t kill you definitely makes you stronger!’


The HardChargers have played over 80 gigs a year throughout Ireland since their formation. They have been repeat guests at numerous Irish festivals including Monaghan’s Harvest Time Blues Festival, Wicklow’s Knockanstockan Festival, and the Hilden Brewery Festival, Lisburn. They have self-released and sold out four singles/EPs. Touring in Britain and Europe will be a new focus for 2018 and beyond.


Show details

Start Time: 20:00 PM
Venue: Main Auditorium- Cabaret Seating

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