July 2, 2008

Armed With New Material

Her first appearance in East Yorkshire was somewhat over- shadowed.

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington played Beverley Memorial Hall for two nights just after the Buzzcocks had taken Beverley Folk Festival by storm.

Now, she's set to claim the spotlight for herself when she returns to East Yorkshire to play the Adelphi in Hull tomorrow night.

She'll come armed with a clutch of new songs from her eagerly- awaited second album, City Of Refuge, following the success of her debut The Bootlegger's Daughter.

Championed by legendary "whispering" Bob Harris, who declared himself "absolutely enchanted" with her initial offering, Rachel's style sits somewhere at the cross-roads of country, folk and bluegrass.

The Bootlegger's Daughter was well-received across the musical genres, hitting number one in the Euro-Americana chart, and climbing into the Top 40 on the esteemed Americana Music Association's radio chart in the US.

Described as "old-time country for a modern age", Rachel breathes new life into an older style, creating freshness to a musical style as familiar as momma's apple pie.

It's camp-fire cosiness at its best, tracks such as Shoeless Joe and Halloween Leaves have anthemic qualities which stir the soul.

While not quite reaching the lyrical splendour of the likes of Nanci Griffiths or the melodic tranquillity of Iris De Ment, Rachel's vocal clarity and story-telling style is easy-listening.

Although the curious key changes on Up The River are slightly unsettling, her first album has a creeping allure, finding its way back into CD players again and again.

On the road since May, Rachel has played all over Britain, from Lochinver in the Scottish Highlands to Torquay, as she introduces herself to her British fans on an extensive tour which will last until August.

Fans gathering at the Adelphi, in De Grey Street, tomorrow night, will be first to discover if she has the stamina to deliver that notoriously difficult second album, due out later this summer.

Rachel will perform alongside duo partner and multi- instrumentalist Zak Borden on vocals, mandolin and guitar to name but a few.

For more information on Rachel Harrington, visit the websites www.rachelharrington.net or www.myspace.com/rachelharrington

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