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Legends: Anna & Kate McGarrigle

Anna & Kate McGarrigle are part of the history of folk and Americana music.

Together, they created some of the genre’s most haunting and introspective songs. Born in Montreal, the French-Canadians quickly captured the deep folk roots music running up the Appalachians.  The two left the Canadian folk scene when Kate married Loudon Wainwright III.

One of my favorite songs from the pair is  “I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger’s Gone)” is from their album Heartbeats Accelerating.

The song was later covered by fellow Canadian Sarah McLachlan, and as a duet by Kate McGarrigle’s son, Rufus Wainwright with Dido.

I’ve also included the Rufus Wainwright and Emmylou Harris duet rehearsal at the 2010 Meltdown Celebration of Kate McGarrigle.





Kate McGarrigle’s children have left their own legacy by writing about none other than their mother.

Martha Wainwright wrote “In The Middle Of The Night” as a tribute to her mother and her struggles with cancer.


Kate McGarrigle passed away in January of 2010 at the early age of 63 (cancer).

NPR biography: Kate McGarrigle

Kate McGarrigle Obituaries:
The Guardian

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  1. nice song, :)

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