Kate & Anna McGarrigle | Artist

Kate & Anna McGarrigle | Artist

Tags: Era_1970s, Gender_Female, Genre_Folk, Origin_Canada, Type_Artist

Kate & Anna McGarrigle were a Canadian singer-songwriter duo formed 1975 in Montreal, Quebec. They performed as a duo and as part of the extended McGarrigle-Wainwright family, up until Kate McGarrigle's death on January 18, 2010. In the early 60's the sisters began performing in public and writing their own songs. From 1963-67 they teamed up with Jack Nissenson and Peter Weldon to form the folk group Mountain City Four. Their songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and others. These covers led to the McGarrigles getting their first recording contract in 1974 and the subsequent release of their self-titled debut album in 1976. Their recording output includes 10 studio albums, two of which are sung in French. They also provided backing vocals on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 2001 album No More Shall We Part. Standout albums include Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dancer With Bruised Knees, Heartbeats Accelerating, Matapedia, and The McGarrigle Hour. The 2011 compilation Tell my Sister is also highly recommended. Kate McGarrigle was married in 1971 to singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and their children are Rufus and Martha, both singers. The two divorced in 1976. Another sister, Jane McGarrigle, is a film and television composer who acted as business manager for Kate and Anna, and also wrote and performed several songs with the duo. The sisters were appointed Members of the Order of Canada in 1993 and received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2004.

Artist Website: mcgarrigles.com

Featured Albums: Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Related Artists: Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Wainwright Sisters, The Roches

Video Clips: Letterman Show, Heart Like a Wheel, Swimming Song

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