Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Nonesuch Releases "Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle" June 25; Proceeds to Benefit Sarcoma Research
On June 25, Nonesuch Records releases Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle, which features highlights from three concerts in honor of the late singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, held in London, Toronto, and New York following Kate's death. The double-disc set was produced by Joe Boyd, who curated the concerts, and features performances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Antony, Norah Jones, Teddy Thompson, and others. Net proceeds go to the Kate McGarrigle Foundation for sarcoma research. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include instant downloads of the album tracks “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “I Am a Diamond.”
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
McGarrigle Christmas Tradition Continues in California Benefit Concerts with Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris
In 2005, Nonesuch released The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, in which sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle, their family—including Kate's children, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright—and honorary family members, like Emmylou Harris, celebrated the holidays in song. That same year saw the start of a holiday tradition of live Christmas shows starring McGarrigles, Wainwrights, and many friends. The music-making continues with Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Christmas 101, three concerts in Oakland and Los Angeles this week, featuring appearances from Harris, Maria Muldaur, and Van Dyke Parks. Proceeds go to the Kate McGarrigle Fund, which is dedicated to research for a cure for sarcoma, a rare and deadly cancer from which Kate McGarrigle passed away in 2010.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Kate McGarrigle to Be Celebrated in Luminato Concert with Anna McGarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris
The life and music of Kate McGarrigle will be celebrated in concert at Toronto's Luminato festival tonight featuring members of her family, including her sisters, Anna and Jane, and her children, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and friends like Emmylou Harris. Luminato also screened a film of the 2011 NYC concert tribute to Kate, an excerpt of which you can watch here along with a CBC performance of Kate's song "(Talk to Me of) Mendocino" by Anna, Rufus, and Martha. The city of Montreal will rename a square in her honor next week.
Friday, December 9, 2011
McGarrigle Christmas Tradition Continues with Benefit Concerts in Montreal, NYC with Anna McGarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright
Following in the tradition of the 2005 Nonesuch album The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Martha Wainwright lead A Not So Silent Night, holiday concerts at the Théâtre St-Denis in Montreal and The Town Hall in New York City, featuring special guests like Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Teddy Thompson, and Loudon Wainwright III. The concerts are a tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle; proceeds benefit the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
There's still more than a month to go before 2011 comes to a close, but already the music magazines have begun to weigh in on the year's best music. American Songwriter, Paste, Uncut, Q, and Mojo have all published their lists of the Top 50 Albums of the Year, and included among them are a number of Nonesuch releases: the latest albums from Björk, Ry Cooder, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and The Low Anthem, as well as the soon-to-be-released album from The Black Keys, due out next week.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The nominees for the 2011 fRoots Critics Poll have just been announced, and included among them are Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, which has been nominated for Album of the Year, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle's three-CD collection Tell My Sister, released this spring on Nonesuch, which was nominated for Reissue/Compilation Album of the Year. Nominees are chosen by experts in the UK and worldwide; winners will be announced by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 on December 2.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Kate and Anna McGarrigle are featured on a new stamp released by the Canada Post today. The stamp is the latest in a series honoring outstanding Canadian singer-songwriters and performers who have won accolades in Canada and abroad. American Songwriter gives the three-disc McGarrigle set Tell My Sister four stars. SPIN rates it a nine out of ten, citing the sisters' "eccentric genius." Uncut credits their "sublime voices, combined in the effortless harmonies that only siblings seem able to provide."
Friday, May 20, 2011
Kate & Anna McGarrigle's "Tell My Sister" Receives Four Stars in Irish Times; Anna Talks with Montreal Gazette About the Project
Tell My Sister, the three-disc set of newly remastered editions of Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dancer with Bruised Knees, and a third disc of demos, receives four stars in the Irish Times, which says of the self-titled debut: "Its timeless melodies, shimmering voices, songs of honest pain, vulnerability and simple joy and its unabashed pride in roots parlour-room music make it a desert-island disc." Anna McGarrigle talks with the Montreal Gazette about the new collection and hearing her late sister's voice on the demos. “She sounds so fierce in it ... The energy that woman had was so amazing.”
Monday, May 16, 2011
Kate McGarrigle Tribute Celebrates "A Quietly Magnificent Catalog" (NY Times); "Extraordinarily Moving Night" (Rolling Stone)
The celebration of Kate McGarrigle's music continued for a second night at New York's Town Hall on Friday. The New York Times says her "extended musical family and a quietly magnificent catalog" were both featured. She "wrote 20th-century parlor songs: folksy-sounding, latter-day descendants of Stephen Foster tunes, hymns, waltzes and popular arias ... bold and sophisticated, musically and emotionally." Rolling Stone calls the concert "an extraordinarily moving night of music." Entertainment Weekly says: "In spite of the sobering loss, the audience received firsthand evidence that the loving wit Kate personified still lives on through her family."
Friday, May 13, 2011
Kate McGarrigle Tribute Concert Celebrates "Some of the Most Distinct, Shimmering Harmonies in Modern Folk Era" (Daily News)
Kate McGarrigle's family and friends gathered on stage at New York's Town Hall last night for the first of two concerts celebrating the life and music of the late singer-songwriter. The evening was a beautiful and emotional tribute featuring scores of unforgettable performances, with proceeds going to the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund. "Their voices flew as high as birds and resonated with a closeness only siblings can create," says the Daily News of Kate and her sister. "Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang some of the most distinct and shimmering harmonies in the modern folk era."