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The Hardchargers

The HardChargers (Belfast, Ireland)

“Dirty Blues from Belfast”...Formed in late 2009, the band’s intense live sets live up to their name, comprised mostly of raunchy, exciting, provocative and honest original songs, ranging from down-home washboard/ resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock, complimented by arrangements of cuts by trailblazers such as Son House and Howlin’ Wolf. The band has performed at a stellar list of music and arts festivals all over the island of Ireland, opened for US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, shared equal billing with Californian Band, The Old Tire Swingers and were amongst a small number of artists chosen to take part in the successful “Backin’ Belfast” initiative, A recent Belfast gig prompted the legendary Terri Hooley to describe the band as “My kind of fecking band”.

The HardChargers released the six track “Bumpin’ and Grindin’” EP in autumn 2011, containing three original songs, garnering critical acclaim and radio play in the process. Here are quotes from reviews of the EP, in the US and UK respectively:
Incognito Music Magazine, (Nov. 2012) “The sound of this band might be described as low-down, but it’s also pretty clean. The three guys in this band sure know what they’re doing with their instruments.”
Blues Matters! Issues 65/68 (2012) “High-octane”…“Suitably manic and certainly one to clear the cobwebs”, describing the original songs as “worthy comparators to the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters covers” , and a live performance as having an “Intensity of punk proportions”

The “Fine and Filthy c/w Just Somebody’s Friend” double-A side single was released May 4th 2013, with Stuart Bailie proclaiming “Just Somebody’s Friend” as “… a great track” on BBC Radio Ulster April 29th 2013. Chord Blossom online magazine wrote “The HardChargers are the genuine article, ‘Fine and Filthy’ does not hang about; coming in on the back of a delicious freight-train, almost Rock-a-Billy beat relentless throughout. The riff is simplicity itself backed up by insistent bass and providing the perfect backdrop for Todd’s deliciously irreverent tale of the perfect woman …Chris Todd has an amazingly authentic Delta Blues voice.. The HardChargers know their genre and know they are good at it and it oozes out of the speakers. The production has a terrifically warm, live feel to it, making the listener imagine they are sitting at the end of the bar, while the boys strut their stuff in the corner. Really excellent.”

The HardChargers are:

Chris Todd - Vocal, Electric Guitars, Resonator, Mandolin
Richard Hodgen - Drums, Washboard, Percussion
Dave Thompson - Bass Guitar, Double Bass

“If you like your whiskey straight and your women crooked, this band is for you” ………“This three piece will knock your socks off with an inspired performance, like Tom Waits mixed with Muddy Waters, and served on the rocks” – ‘Sinister’ Pete Vamos

“They consistently deliver tight, energetic original arrangements of songs” - Ballymena Guardian

The HardChargers formed in late 2009 and recorded their third self-financed/self-produced studio EP, “Bumpin’ and Grindin’” (available now on CDBaby), between February and July 2011. The EP features a superb guest appearance on Harmonica, by Billy Boy Miskimmin of Mercy Lounge, ex-The Yardbirds, ex-Nine Below Zero and was reviewed by Gareth Hayes, in Blues Matters Magazine Issue 65 (April 2012). The favourable review contained the following statements: “It is high-octane and close in pitch to those very early Fleetwood Mac records….” “…May even prove to be a collector’s item” with original songs described as “.. Worthy comparators to the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters covers...” The final comment says of the EP …“It’s suitably manic and certainly one to clear the cobwebs.”

“The HardChargers have a totally unique Blues sound, mixing electric and acoustic slide styles from a whole range of Blues masters..”
– The Blues Connection

To date, The HardChargers have performed at Belfast City Blues Festival; Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival; Woodstock Rhythm and Blues Festival (Belfast); Pigeon Field film and Music Festival (Ballymoney); Hilden Beer and Music Festival (Lisburn), Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival and The Ards International Guitar Festival, amongst a healthy schedule of club and pub appearances including support slots for Bob Log III and Billy Boy Miskimmin’s Mercy Lounge.

Contact and Booking Details:-
The HardChargers can be contacted on line through their various web pages:

The HardChargers summer tour dates are available on the web pages, with the band due to appear in 2012 at Harvest Time Blues Monaghan Town, Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival, Woodstock (East Belfast) Rhythm and Blues festival, Quay Vipers MCC annual Snakebite Rally and to support ex-Dr. Feelgood/TheYardbirds, Gypie Mayo, on a Northern Irish club date amongst other highlights