Kate McGarrigle

Kate McGarrigle

Real Name:
Kate McGarrigle
b : February 6, 1946, Montréal, Canada
d : January 18, 2010, Montréal, Canada

Canadian multi-instrumentalist folk musician, singer-songwriter. She had much success in the mid 70s to early 1980s in the popular duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle.
Her music mixed the Gallic styles of her roots in French-Canadian folk music with bluegrass and country. The use of the accordion is particularly distinctive in her work, but she was also an accomplished pianist and banjo player.

In the late 1960s Kate toured the North-Eastern US on the folk club circuit in a duo with Roma Baran. After marrying Loudon Wainwright III she went busking in London with him, before returning to settle in New York state.

She began circulating tapes around Greenwich Village, of herself and Anna performing. This attracted songwriting credits for names such as Linda Ronstadt and Maria Muldaur, raising the profile of the sisters and garnering them a recording deal with Warner Brothers.
She was made a Member of the Order Of Canada in 1994.
In 2006 she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called sarcoma. Two years later she set up The Kate McGarrigle Fund to assist in raising awareness of this condition, which raises money through donations from concerts by her friends and relatives.
She was the mother of Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright who were children from her marriage to Loudon Wainwright III.
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Kate McGarrigle Discography


none Various Les Filles De Roy (Daughters Of The King) and 1 more… Various - In The Dawning: A Story Of Canada(LP) Denali Music Ltd. none Canada 1981 Sell This Version
6817-2 Various Lowlands Away Various - Rogue's Gallery (Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys) (Album) Anti- 6817-2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
R2 74744 Emmylou Harris Golden Ring Emmylou Harris - Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems(4xCD, Album + DVD + Box) Rhino Entertainment Company R2 74744 US 2007 Sell This Version
7559-79590-6 Various I Just Want To Make It Last and 1 more… Various - Sing Me The Songs - Celebration Of The Work Of Kate McGarrigle(2xCD, Album) Nonesuch 7559-79590-6 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
TSQ 2967 Various Caffè Lena Various - Live At Caffè Lena(3xCD + Box) Tompkins Square TSQ 2967 US 2013 Sell This Version


NSCDD1999 Various Matapedia (as Kate) Various - Roots - 20 Years Of Essential Folk, Roots & World Music(2xCD, Comp) Manteca NSCDD1999 UK 1999 Sell This Version
QKCD-1001, QKCD-1002 Various Johny's Gone To Hilo Various - A Letter To True - Original Soundtrack(2xCD, Comp) Tulip Records, Tulip Records QKCD-1001, QKCD-1002 Japan 2005 Sell This Version