Various Artists: Sing Me the Songs; Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch/Warners)

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Various Artists: Sing Me the Songs; Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch/Warners)

Kate McGarrigle (of the McGarrigle Sisters, with sister Anna) who died in January 2010 not only wrote a remarkable body of songs and sang them beautifully (and sometimes with saltiness) but – with her then-husband Loudon Wainwright III – gave us Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Joe Boyd (who'd produced the sister's first albums and their live McGarrigle Hour with family and friends in 98) was invited to helm tribute concerts which featured Rufus, Martha, Anna, Norah Jones, Richard and Linda Thompson and their son Teddy, Peggy Seeger and others on Kate's songs.

This double disc is the impressive result and closes with Kate's home demo of her funny spoken word-to-song I Just Want to Make It Last.

Before then are 33 songs lovingly interpreted, and Emmylou Harris's moving tribute Darlin' Kate. McGarrigle was a wise, sometimes autobiographical writer and among the standouts are Teddy Thompson on the little-known Saratoga Summer Song, Broken Social Scene with a funk-folk Mother Mother, Rufus and Antony's duet I Cried For Us . . .

And many more.

That her work could be reframed by these diverse performers is a tribute to her songwriting in itself.

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Mike - Jul 2, 2013

Where can you get Kate's or even the McGarrigle sisters albums from? Been looking for ages, with no results.

Tom - Jul 2, 2013

@Mike : Postage may be off-putting for a 3 disc set though.

Earl B. - Jul 2, 2013

JB Hi-fi has the new tribute album on their website and I've ordered a copy through their Queen Street store.

Patrick - Jul 2, 2013

Beautiful. I had Kate & Anna's album Love Over & Over many years ago - I wonder where it is. I think this tribute is a must-have.

Mike - Jul 2, 2013

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the link. I am not into dowloading music as I dont have the playback facility for that format, but thanks for the link anyway. I shall check out the JB suggestion.

janet - Jul 3, 2013

have been a fan for eons - Dancer with Bruised Knees is one of my favourite albums - I saw them perform in Wellington during one of the first Art Fests - expecting accoustic folk and got loud rock...great concert...

JZ - Jul 11, 2013

Ah the Wellington concert ! ! Fine time!

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