Arlington Arts Centre
Newbury RG14 3BQ
From the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been a Bob Harris favourite for some time now. Her fifth studio album (out September 2018) is a home-coming of sorts. Hush The Wild Horses is the result of five years largely off the road, homesteading in Oregon, being with family.
The stories behind this harvest of songs include a brother with a meth addiction, a Vietnam veteran uncle who committed suicide at age 40, and a grandmother who died while holding Rachel’s hand.
“It’s definitely my most personal record,” she says.
Harrington has played major festivals throughout Europe and the US, made four live appearances on BBC’s legendary Bob Harris Show, and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks. A 2011 winner in Merlefest’s esteemed songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt), this is Rachel’s much-anticipated return to recording and touring.
**** “Ancient-sounding country noir.” ~ Q Magazine.
**** “Songs that capture the ghosts of old America.” ~ Mojo.
**** “Like tuning in to some obscure backwoods American radio station from sepia-tinted days of yore.” Top Ten Albums of the Year ~ The Irish Times.