Basingstoke Festival 2019

Rachel Harrington

Day 14

Thursday 4 July
The Forge

Rachel Harrington

Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She’d had extensive radio play before performing her first live show, and she was opening for Grammy winners before releasing her first record. From families of Danish dairymen and Irish lumberjacks, Rachel’s only exposure to music as a young child was gospel – that, and her father’s secret Stax/Motown collection he’d amassed since his return from serving in Vietnam.

Rachel’s fifth studio album (out May 2019) is a home-coming of sorts. “It’s definitely my most personal record,” she says. Hush The Wild Horses is the result of five years largely off the road, homesteading in Oregon and 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.

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