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Lonesome Chris Todd

The Hardchargers www.thehardchargers.co.uk

Scarecrow Debut album from road-hardened Northern Irish blues trio Pre-war blues influences, Texas electric blues energy Vinyl length – six originals, two covers (Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter)  

From Ottilie Patterson in the 1950s through to Gráinne Duffy and the Bonnevilles in the present, the Hardchargers are an exciting new chapter in Northern Ireland’s long history of world-class blues artists. After 8 years of thrilling audiences the length and breadth of Ireland, and 4 self-released singles, Scarecrow is both their first album and first nationally released product. It heralds a new focus for 2018 on performances in Britain and Europe.

Together, Lonesome Chris Todd (guitars/vocal), Richard J. Hodgen (drums/washboard) and Dave Thompson (bass/ukulele bass) performed 80-90 gigs a year throughout Ireland from 2012 to the end of 2016, from backwater bars to repeats bookings at the island’s biggest blues and rock festivals.  

Incorporating an exhilarating back-porch section to their set with resonator, washboard and ukulele bass, the Hardchargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the pre-electric blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown – to the progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie Lee Simms. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of all of the above, combined with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris Todd’s real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of blues/roots and rock history since.

After a challenging 2017 due to external circumstances, the band members were thrilled when a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final part of the album project reached its target within one day:  

Lonesome Chris Todd:
‘We’re incredibly grateful to our fans for that. We had never done crowdfunding before – we’ve always believed in paying our way, but it’s been a tough year for family reasons for some of us and ultimately we needed help from our friends to complete the project. We were overwhelmed when that help came in one day. It gives us a renewed confidence to take what we’re offering to the wider world. The Scarecrow album is the essence of the band. It’s a souvenir for all our Irish fans and a calling card for everyone else. The Hardchargers are at a crossroads – the Devil’s moved on, but that’s okay, we’re waiting for a bus to Europe!’

Scarecrow was recorded over five days in Belfast in December 2016/January 2017.
Album guests include Irish jazz sensations Linley Hamilton (trumpet) and Scott Flanigan (piano/organ).  

The Hardchargers Promo EP

The Hardchargers   

Radio Promo 4 Track EP

A taster for the album Scarecrow
Two album tracks + Two exclusive live performances + Key radio track ‘Charger Swing’  

Tracks: 1. Charger Swing 2. Sometimes 3. Beakers Bowl 4. Don’t Tell Me  

This EP is an advance taster for the Hardchargers debut album Scarecrow which will be released nationally in physical and digital form through Market Square Music/Proper Distribution in January 2018.