Eschewing the standard covers, The Hardchargers are an electric power trio steeped in inspiration from the greats of the pre-electric blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Willie Brown to the progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie Lee Simms. Their live set is an electrifying re-imagining of all of the above, combined with the lyricism of Chris Todd’s real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of Blues/Roots and Rock history since from the instrumental styles of Dick Dale, Lonnie Mack and Link Wray to the 60’s Blues/Rock of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher to the modern Texas blues of Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Smokin’ Joe Kubek. The Hardchargers’ original sound reflects the multi-hued texture, energy and unfettered emotional power common in the music of these artists and many others. The Hardchargers’ live set can take the listener on a journey through sounds at once familiar and yet fresh and exotic at the same time.
Date: Saturday 30 March
Time: 8pm (bar available from 7pm)
Price: £12 / £10 concession
Venue: Down Arts Centre
Box Office: 028 4461 0747
Down Arts Centre, 26 Irish St, Downpatrick BT30 6BP