Pairing two original songs based on his own real-life experiences and steeped in the DNA of the pre-war blues with two classics from the vintage blues canon, by Lightnin’ Hopkins and Bukka White, ‘Dark Horses’  is the first solo release from guitarist Todd – front man with one of Ireland’s premier electric blues trios, The Hardchargers.

And from the off, it measures a deliberate branching out from the band’s usual set touring the UK and Ireland, with material suited to more intimate performing environments.

Says Chris:

“Some of the venues brought a different vibe than I was used to and I found that I could play some acoustic music as a part of a set. By chance, I’d written a couple of new acoustic songs in the preceding months.

“‘Red Lion Yard’ was composed in the cab of my little white van, while living in a car park in Blandford, Dorset, during a week of homelessness in England in early 2017. Although temporary, it was a profound experience that served as a resetting of my compasses.

“‘Dark Horses’ lyrically recalls a period at the end of that same year, where it felt like some kind of rebirth was taking place, although not without its complications.”

Chris’ songs are paired with two solo blues classics: Bukka White’s ‘Shake ‘Em On Down’ (first recorded in 1939) and Lightnin’ Hopkins’ ‘Lonesome Dog Blues’ (first recorded c.1949). In homage to that era, Chris cut these numbers in a field-recording style – live takes, one microphone, at home.  Chris adds:

“I used a digital machine rather than a reel-to-reel, but other than that, I approached these recordings in the same way that was common practice in the 1930s and early 40s. It may have taken a few takes, but what you hear is a bona fide single performance of each song with no overdubbing or ‘patching in’ of repairs!”    




Artist:  Lonesome Chris Todd

Title:    Dark Horses

File:      Blues

Label:  Market Square

Cat:      MSMDL223

UPC:    5065001032974

Rel:      March 29th 2019

  • Debut solo EP album from Belfast blues front man
  • Packed with yet more pre-war blues influences
  • Live dates incoming
  1. Dark Horses
  2. Red Lion Yard
  3. Lonesome Dog Blues
  4. Shake ‘Em on Down


Also available on CD: The Hardchargers – ‘Scarecrow’: buy now via this link