FOUR STARS! connecting with the ghosts of American folk music”

Americana UK

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

... 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.”

FOUR STARS! Rachel Harrington has a gift of making the old new again ...” - Kim Ruehl

Sound Northwest Magazine

... 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” - Malcolm Carter

Penny Black Music

INTERVIEW ON DUTCH NATIONAL TV:with Rachel & Zak, from July 2008 European Tour. ”

— Rachel & Zak on Dutch National TV

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

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

... 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


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” - Steve O.

Leicester Bangs

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