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Rachel Harrington: Reviews

PRESS & RADIO FOR CELILO FALLS

Celilo Falls Press & Radio Highlights:

FOUR STARS: “ancient-sounding country noir … Harrington is all about what’s left off her songs, and the skeletal arrangements leave the listener to fill in the unspoken terrors and tenderness that lie beneath”
Bury Me Close: #34 on Q’s 50 Essential Tracks To Download This Month
~Q magazine (Feb 2011)

FOUR STARS: “songs that conjure the ghosts of old America”
~Mojo (Feb 2011)

FOUR STARS: The Irish Times Top-10 Albums of the Year List includes cds by Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant and Neil Young. At #7, Rachel Harrington's Celilo Falls.
~The Irish Times (Dec 2010)

FOUR STARS: “a compelling blend of twang and swing … a sharply rendered sound portrait”
~Songlines (Jan 2011)

“some of 2010′s most heart warming tracks with its timeless, traditional take on American folk. An inspiring album indeed!”
~Neon Filler (UK) # 6 Album Of The Year (2010) ~Bluebunny

FOUR ½ STARS: “drawn from traditional American folk, shades of bluegrass, country and a rural soul, it is music which transcends its own influences (Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett, the Carter Family and all the way down those Smithsonian Folkways) before being realised as a wonderfully authentic sound”
~All Gigs

“Harrington returns to the alt-country fore with another melancholic slice of beautifully doomful Americana … an album stripped back to beautiful basics with a raw beauty and solitary campfire pathos”
~AU

“Rachel Harrington belongs at the top of Americana today, on equal altitude with Gillian Welch or Emmylou Harris”
~Rootstime

“There's an old saying that ‘the third time's a charm.’ Well, Rachel's third CD release, Celilo Falls, is more than just charming; it's another top notch release by a first-rate artist and songwriter.”
~Dennis Brunnenmeyer, DJ, Nevada City Limits, KVMR-FM

“conjuring Emmylou … could have come from the Louvins’ catalogue … [Harrington is an] angel on earth.” ~NetRhythms

“haunted, gothic Americana … FOUR STARS!”
~The Daily Mirror

“Harrington is one of those artists Brits get before she registers with her fellow Americans. Listen up, America!” ~Electric Ghost

“I don't think we'll have a better folk record this year”
~Dani Heyvaert, DJ

“it has fallen straight into my top CD of 2010 slot and hasn’t been out of my CD player since it arrived … Celilo Falls will find its place among the best material out there”
~Flyin Shoes

“a first rate songwriter and performer, with a collection of highly personal songs that pull no punches”
~Northern Sky

“personal heartaches, break-ups, dissatisfaction, the inevitability of death and loss in general. It's a brave move - but a rewarding one ….With deep, heartfelt lyrics and exemplary musicianship, Celilo Falls is a very welcome and worthy addition to Harrington’s growing and impressive body of work.”
~Marsh Towers

“it is beyond words. It moved me so much (it is a fact that I cried listening to the beauty of your album) ... this Cd is a musical gem!”
~Mike Penard, DJ

“winning formula … the American folk of pre-electric country … an accomplished and engaging musician and singer …Harrington's honest unaffected voice injects that essential leavening of "truth" into her songs, ~Americana UK

“superb country-folk songs”
~Alt Country NL

“[the 13 tracks] score Harrington thirteen homeruns … a cd that stands beside the best of Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams”
~CTRL. ALT. COUNTRY

Spotlight: CD of the Week ~Roots Revival “Harrington is a rescuer of lost souls … urgently recommended!”
~Hooked On Music

“One to watch!”
~Music Missionary

“like turning the clock back a century … each and every note is audible, and counts …haunting and plaintive vocals …the whole album demands serious listening”
~Get Ready To Rock

5 of 5 STARS, Album of the Month (Dec 2010): “Americana as a musical genre is too often a catchall term for singer songwriters wishing to hide the fact that they are singer songwriters. But there are times when you find a performer who not just fits but also seems to define the genre. With her third album “Celilo Falls”, Rachel Harrington shows us her true calibre.”
~Bluesbunny

Feature Spotlight – “eagerly anticipated third album”
~M Is For Music

“Harrington’s voice is extraordinary, her songwriting consistently strong”
~Backroads Music

“as evocative as ever”
~Folk and Roots

“an album of short stories that’ll take you back in time”
~Leicester Bangs

“superb material … Harrington’s a class act, for sure!”
~Bristol Evening Post

“evokes images of worn guitars, wooden porches and passion within … Harrington is turning stories into songs”
~Soundblab

FOUR STARS: “an album that reaches deep into the soul”
~Country Music People

“Harrington’s scope is positively cinematic – an immense and awe-inspiring soundtrack.”
~Taplas Magazine (Wales)

FOUR STARS: “a beautiful sounding record packed full of inspirational and stirring Americana that stands her apart from many of her contemporaries. Harrington deserves to be mentioned alongside the likes of Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris and this album will make sure she is.”
~The Music Critic

"Best known to UK audiences as a cult live performer, including acclaimed performances with Lindisfarne’s Rod Clements, Oregon-born Rachel Harrington’s third LP Celilo Falls, [has] rustic country charm imbued with bluegrass flourishes and gospel melodies. … unfailingly tasteful … wonderful lewd … desperately pretty and sad”
~Wears The Trousers

“a voice from an [older] generation … angelic … twangy”
~Pennyblack Music

“even though many of her songs are set in the here and now they have the feel of timelessness that lasting music should have”
~Lonesome Highway

FOUR STARS: “an album of incredible maturity … marvelous!”
~Rock and Reel

“sounding at once from a bygone age and as fresh and comforting as home-baked bread”
~The Sunday Herald (Scotland)

 

RADIO CHARTS

Debuted at #3 on the Euro-Americana Chart, October 2010

#9 Euro-Americana Chart, Nov 2010
#8 Euro-Americana Chart, Dec 2010
#9 Euro-Americana Chart, Jan 2011
#12 Euro-Americana Chart, Feb 2011

#2 Washington State Radio Chart, Feb 11, 2011

#22 Roots Music Report chart, Feb 2011

#17 FAR Chart, Jan 2011

 

UK/EUROPE RADIO PLAY

Live on Bob Harris BBC 2 (UK), August 19, 2010
World on 3 with Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3 (UK)
Late Date - RTE Radio 1 (Ireland)
The Late Show with Cherrie McIlwaine, BBC Radio Ulster (UK)
Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland For Folks Sake with Dessie Fisher - Drive 105.3FM (Derry, Ireland)
Tiompan, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal The Weekend On One, RTE Radio 1 (Ireland)
Shakenstir Radio Session, Shakenstir/Calon 105fm Celtic Country - Celtic Music Radio (Glasgow)
Hillbilly Rockhouse (Germany)
Good Morning Sunday with Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2 (UK)
Fàilt' air an Dùthaich - BBC Radio nan Gàidheal (UK)
Phil Lyons Country Music Show, BC-FM (Bristol, UK)
Caschlar, BBC Radio Ulster (UK) Another Country with Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland The Gilded Palace Of Sin, Totally Radio (UK)
Cruisin' with Don Chisholm, MFR (Moray Firth, UK)
Americana OK (UK)
Ralph McLean Country, BBC Radio Ulster (UK) PeelGrass (Netherlands)
Lord Litter’s Magic Music Box (Netherlands) Americana Music Club (Netherlands)
Blueprint 478 (Netherlands)
On The Porch, K103 Gothenburg College Radio (Sweden)
Country Festival (Netherlands)
Acoustic Rain (Netherlands)
Crossroads (Netherlands)
Landslide 601 (Netherlands)
Blue Wednesday (Netherlands)
Leith FM (Scotland)
Dutch Roots Radio (Netherlands)
Marie Crichton's Country Show, BBC Radio Shropshire (UK)
Mary Ann Kennedy's Global Gathering, BBC Radio Scotland The Miller Tells Her Tale (UK)
Country Stew, on Radio Compagnie (Netherlands) House of Mercy Radio (UK)
Roots and Fusion Radio (UK)
Goodno(i)ose Radio (Netherlands) Bay Country FM (UK)
The Comfort Zone - CMT Nashville (UK)
FolkRadio.co.uk

 

Select US Radio Play:

KBCS, Christine Linde, Seattle, WA
KBOO, Early Morning Gumbo with Diane Karl, Portland, OR
KCLC, The Acoustic Edge with Naomi Soule/Terry Moses, St. Louis, MO
KCUB, Shayne Hollinger, Stephenville, TX
KEXP, Seattle, WA
KFAI, Ellen Stanley, Minneapolis, MN
KFAN, Dawn Dale, Fredericksberg, TX
KGLP, Tom Funk, Gallup, NM
KGNU, Roger Wise, Westcliffe, CO
KNBA, Bud Johnson, Tok, AK
KRCB, Bill Frater, Santa Rosa, CA
KRCB, Johnny Bazzano, Santa Rosa, CA
KUT, Tom Pittman, Austin, TX
KVMR, Dennis Brunenmeyer, Nevada City, CA
KVMR, Larry Hillberg, Nevada City, CA
KVMR, Laurie DesJardins, Nevada City, CA
KZSC, Clytia Fuller, Santa Cruz, CA
KZSU, Bruce Ross, Stanford, CA
WBGU, David Sears, Bowling Green, OH
WCNI, Brian Bourgoin, East Haddam, CT
WDBM, Douglas Neal, East Lansing, MI
WDBX, Gaye & Randy Auxier, Carbondale, IL
WDVL, Mike Wuerstle/Ginny Lee, Kintnersville, PA
WEFT, Kevin Elliott, Champaign, IL
WETS, Wayne Winkler, Johnson City, TN
WHFR, John Bommarito, Dearborn, MI
WFIT, The Shuffle with Todd Gross, Melbourne, FL
WGDR, Mark Michaelis, Marshfield, VT
WHUS, Matt Schuyler, Storrs, CT
WIKX/Clear Channel, Larry Timko, Port Charlotte, FL
WLRN, Michael Stock, Miami, FL
WMBR, Lost Highway with Doug Gesler, Cambridge, MA
WMHB, Jerry Saint Amand, Waterville, ME
WNCW, Martin Anderson, Spindale, NC
WOJB, Mark Pedersen, Barron, WI
WOUB, Rusty Smith, Athens, OH
WRIR, Garry Morse, Chester, VA
WRIU, Dan Ferguson, Peace Dale, RI
WRKF, Hootenanny Power with Taylor Caffery, Baton Rouge, LA
WSDP, Bill Keith, Canton, MI
WSLR, Craig Huegel, Seminole, FL
WSLU, The Folk Show with Mike Alzo, Canton, NY
WSPN, Chris McGill, Saratoga Springs, NY
WTIP, Cathy Quinn, Grand Marais, MN
WTSR, Peter Kernast, Ewing, NJ
WTTU, Tristessa Howard, Cookeville, TN
WUNC, Chapel Hill, NC
WVGN, Douglas Dick, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
WVUD, Mark Taylor, Newark, DE
WWUH, Ed McKeon, Hartford, CT
WWUH, Steve Theaker, Glastonbury, CT
WYEP, An American Sampler with Kenneth Batista, Pittsburgh, PA
WZBC, Sunday Morning Country with Cousin Kate, Chestnut Hill, MA
Taproot Radio, Calvin Powers, Chapel Hill, NC (podcast)
Live 365, Radio Wayne with Wayne Green (podcast) Online Folk Festival, Greg Grant, Columbus, OH (podcast)

US Radio Play Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=205756170037380291043.00049d0dae3e49ee446b0&ll=41.112469,-83.144531&spn=48.374705,115.488281&z=3

 

 

 

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REVIEWS FOR CITY OF REFUGE

"City of Refuge, her second album, is a compelling and soulful update of traditional folk. Harrington's voice is strong and thin, like the young Emmylou Harris'. She has a knack, like Gillian Welch, for writing new tunes for the Carter Family songbook."
Joseph Hart - Utne Reader (Dec 15, 2008)
FOUR STARS!

"connecting with the ghosts of American folk music"
- Americana UK (Jan 20, 2009)
FOUR STARS!

"Ghost town sound; plain, pretty voice, stark banjo - Harrington, like early Gillian Welch, sounds like she stepped out of the old, sepia photo on the cd sleeve ... Beguiling."
MOJO (Dec 25, 2008)
Her last album The Bootlegger's Daughter received a lot of praise (from Bob Harris in particular) and her follow up is likely to do so also ... she again manages to evoke an earlier era ... City Of Refuge is the kind of place, as displayed here, where many would like to spend some time getting acquainted with the residents."
- Lonesome Highway (Dec 23, 2008)
" ... Harrington's music often sounds like it could date from the 1850s ... a rough-hewn country voice songs with a rural setting that touch on love and death. Some are traditional, some original, but the old-timey feel remains constant. The playing is stellar, and Harrington convincingly re-creates the sound of a mountain singer."
- VH1.com (Dec 20, 2008)
FOUR STARS!

"Rachel Harrington has a gift of making the old new again ..."
"It's been a great year for old-timey artist Rachel Harrington. Her sophomore release, City of Refuge, hit No. 1 on the Euro-Americana radio chart and had a good showing in the States as well. City [of Refuge] features fresh arrangements of traditional tunes ... But it's Harrington's own songs ... that will steal your heart [and] send chills down your spine.
FOUR STARS!

"Scary bluegrass ... Gothic tracks on an inspiringly original album ... Q recommends!"
Q (Sep 4, 2008)
"... a brilliant example of old-time country ... you’ll feel like you are listening to a collection of songs cut in the Depression era. Rachel, on this album at least, seems more determined than [Gillian] Welch to not let any other genre intrude in her vision. She is making music that belongs to another time and place"
INTERVIEW ON DUTCH NATIONAL TV:
with Rachel & Zak, from July 2008 European Tour.
Rachel & Zak on Dutch National TV (Aug 1, 2008)
"Those (me) who worry that Gillian Welch is going to nod off mid-song and wish she’d pick it up a half step will find much to enjoy with Harrington’s new disc. It’s dusty, rustic and a decade or two out of time and in its own way, just in time. Bittersweet folk steeped in sepia makes this perfect for a winters day of listening."
- Village Records (Dec 20, 2008)
"On this second album she's penned some enthralling stories ... subtly adorned in old-timey acoustic arrangements ... [City of Refuge is] a classic American album!"
FOUR STARS! - Maverick (Oct 14, 2008)
"the singer-songwriter who is captivating the hearts of Britain and Europe ... an ancient resonance combined with a modern feel"
Michael Hingston - Country Music People (Sep 5, 2008)
FOUR STARS!

"Rachel Harrington's The Bootlegger's Daughter was one of the more impressive albums of 2007 and certainly among the best debuts; City of Refuge moves the Oregon-bred singer-songwriter to a new level."
The Irish Times (Sep 4, 2008)
" ... City of Refuge casts an almost hypnotic spell ... Harrington sings plaintively, the simplicity of her delivery driving an utterly persuasive summoning of spiritual courage, as a small string band saws away behind her. Together she and it address the uneasy coexistence of the temporal and the eternal. You don't have to be a believer to believe her ... Harrington's approach serves to translate Appalachian folk forms into a universal language only passingly linked to any particular time or space. Harrington is as much a literary artist as a musical one ..."
Jerome Clark - Rambles (Dec 8, 2008)
"This is old time country ... from a by-gone era ... the mood of the album is sombre, and in her own way she is singing the blues ... highly recommended"
"Harrington's latest collection of sepia-tinted Americana ... doesn't immediately reveal its treasures. Instead, it's a slower altogether more satisfying process as, gradually, with repeated play, the subtle quality and understated nature of the performances begin to resonate powerfully. O'Brien's fiddle embroiders the bulk of the material with as fine a stitch as could be, while dobro, mandolin and upright serve the songs well. Harrington is in fine voice ... delightfully evocative original material"
Dave White - Rock n' Reel (Jan 1, 2009)
"In Rachel Harrington’s second album City Of Refuge, Portland, Oregon has produced yet another utterly absorbing musical experience ... compelling sepia-hued yarns ... spotlessly soulful country vocal"
"City of Refuge sounds like it came off a John Lomax recording from the Appalachian area during the FDR era ... a heavy reliance on banjo and fiddle, giving this an even sweeter sound, completely complementing Rachel’s exquisite voice"
9/10 STARS!

"... as good an example of traditional Americana as you’ll find anywhere ... a great storyteller ...It’s been a good year for Americana already, and Harrington has just made it a lot better."
Steve Harnell - Crackerjack, as well as Bristol Evening Post (Aug 29, 2008)
" ... it's a thrill to discover a new performer who really does have a new slant on all things Alt.Country-related, which Oregon native RACHEL HARRINGTON surely has ... fascinatingly grainy ... dips even deeper into Americana's bulging burlap sack and emerges with some arcane, but wonderfully fatalistic treasures which are all well worth coveting."
FIVE STARS! "... traditional style, she opens with her golden voice ... Although she doesn’t have to prove anything anymore, Rachel Harrington brings us once again 10 terrific tunes and makes sure that everyone understands she is a great artist."
"Mixing country, folk, bluegrass, and old-time, Rachel Harrington is a treasure waiting to be discovered!"
Stewart Fenwick - Country Music And Dance In Scotland Magazine (Oct 1, 2008)
"Rachel's blessed with a really attractive (and suitably ballsy) voice and ... totally convinces with the sheer directness and clarity of her lyrical expression and ... the pure unadorned beauty and gritty confidence of her vocal tone ... an abundantly fine new set from this enchanting chanteuse."
for City of Refuge - NetRhythms (Aug 26, 2008)
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