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RIP kate mcgarrigle

Sad news today. Kate McGarrigle, mother of Rufus and Martha Wainwright and legendary folkie in her own right, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. With a musical career spanning 40 years, Kate and her sister Anna became iconic figures among the folk community, recording 10 albums together and collaborating with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Nick Cave. In recent years, their biannual family concerts with Rufus, Martha, Kate’s ex-husband Loudon Wainwright III, niece Lily Lanken and Loudon’s daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, among many others, were a huge favourite with crowds, with Kate often upstaging her dynasty with hilarious banter and asides. Their most recent show, dubbed ‘A Not So Silent Night’, took place at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2009. The 63 year old became a grandmother just weeks before following the premature birth of Martha’s son Arcangelo.

Alan Pedder

Kate & Anna McGarrigle, ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ [live in 1990]

Kate & Anna McGarrigle, ‘Hard Time Come Again No More’ [with Rufus Wainwright, Karen Matheson, Emmylou Harris, Mary Black and Rod Paterson]


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Matapedia is one of my favourite songs. The family stuff was so cool. I thought there would be much more.

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