Kate McGarrigle Dies at 63
They Were Collaborators #623

Kate and Anna McGarrigle

Very sad to learn of the passing of Kate McGarrigle today. A prodigious folk music talent at home in Canada and beyond its borders, the records she made with her sister Anna remain infused with charm, wit and tenderness, while the two times I saw them perform live they didn't allow their reverence for the music outweigh their sense of playfulness on stage.

You can read news of her death here, or do what most Canadians are probably doing when they hear it, and watch the McGarrigles' beloved National Film Board animated version of Wade Hemsworth's Log Driver's Waltz.


Maureen said...

One winter many years ago 25? 30? they were here in NYC and went Xmas caroling on the block where I worked and sung in the doorway of our store. Magical!

slyboots2 said...

She was lovely. She was also on Spectacle with Elvis Costello recently- along with her son Rufus. It was a wonderful episode- would highly recommend tracking it down.

Lee Marvin Newland said...

The McGarrigles appeared in the great Orpheum Theatre here in Vancouver many years ago. I sent roses to them prior to their performance. They mentioned the flowers and my name from the stage. A magic moment in my life.

Lee Marvin Newland

swac said...

Great story Lee! I interviewed Kate twice, and she was funny and candid, and loved making music. She and her sister would be doing it whether they got paid or not, I'm sure. It's a good thing they did so the rest of the world could hear (on some albums that have barely aged a jot).