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Kate and Anna McGarrigle | Loudon Wainwright III | Martha Wainwright

Kate and Anna McGarrigle

rw_McGarrigleBioSinger/songwriters Kate and Anna McGarrigle performed to critical and popular acclaim throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East for more than three decades. Their songs have been widely recorded by other artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, and Nana Mouskouri.

Born in Montreal of mixed English and French-Canadian background, Kate and Anna became stars on the city’s folk music scene while still in school and soon began to compose their own songs. When some of these songs found their way into the repertoires of established artists, Kate and Anna were invited to record their own album, 1975’s Kate and Anna McGarrigle. The elegance of their vocal harmonies, and the variety and originality of their music, delighted critics and fans alike, and the album earned international praise.

In the years following their debut, Kate and Anna released a series of albums that met with collective acclaim from sources such as Rolling Stone and the New York Times. Their concerts were typically informal, homey affairs which in later years had the sisters accompanied by an extended family of Montreal folk instrumentalists and singers including Kate’s son Rufus and daughter Martha, among other McGarrigle family members who often contributed to their performances.

The sisters were invested with the Order of Canada (1994), and in 1999 received the Women of Originality Award. In 2006 they received SOCAN’s lifetime achievement award. In January 2010 Kate McGarrigle died of cancer at age 63. Since Kate’s passing, the family has lead tribute concerts in London, Toronto and New York. Photos from the New York City concert and the complete set list can be viewed here.

Kate McGarrigle Foundation

The Kate McGarrigle Foundation (KMF) is a public charity founded in 2012 to raise money in the fight against sarcoma, the rare and underfunded cancer that took Kate’s life. KMF is dedicated to preserving, continuing and building Kate’s artistic and philanthropic legacy. Towards the end of her life, Kate was dedicated to raising money for critical research to combat sarcoma, and the Foundation aims to continue that work by producing concerts, recordings, films and other forms of artistic programs. Your donations allow the program to develop new projects and reach as many people as we can.

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