Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kate McGarrigle, RIP

Sad to read of Kate McGarrigle's departure from us. Along with her sister Anna, Kate McGarrigle created some of the best folk music of the last 40 years. In particular, Matapedia and the early 70s album Dancer with Bruised Knees (long out of print for some inexcuable reason; I have it on an old cassette) are remarkable pieces of work. She's most known for mothering Rufus and Martha Wainwright with her ex-husband Loudon Wainwright. But beyond that crazy family drama, Kate and Anna McGarrigle produced wonderful harmonies with first-rate and often quite touching songwriting.

Kate McGarrigle will definitely be missed.