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Kate McGarrigle Tribute Concert Celebrates "Some of the Most Distinct, Shimmering Harmonies in Modern Folk Era" (Daily News)

  • 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, friends, and longtime musical collaborators gathered on stage at The Town Hall in New York City last night for the first of two concerts (pictured at left) celebrating the life and music of the late singer-songwriter, who died of sarcoma in January 2010 at the age of 63.

    The evening, curated by producer Joe Boyd, was a beautiful and emotional tribute to McGarrigle, featuring performances by Kate’s children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, her sister Anna, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Jimmy Fallon, Antony, Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Justin Vivian Bond, and Krystle Warren, as well as a reading by novelist Michael Ondaatje, among many unforgettable moments. All proceeds from last night's concert and tonight's show will go toward creating the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund, administered by the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

    "Their voices flew as high as birds and resonated with a closeness only siblings can create," writes New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber in a preview of tonight's concert. "Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang some of the most distinct and shimmering harmonies in the modern folk era, heard on classic albums like their self-titled, 1975 debut." Farber spoke with Boyd about the concerts and that debut album, which Boyd produced, for a piece you can read at nydailynews.com.

    Nonesuch Records released Tell My Sister, a three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's beloved 1976 self-titled debut; its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees; and a collection of previously unreleased songs, including solo and duo demos, last week. Boyd, who produced the McGarrigles’ first two albums, assembled the material for the third disc in addition to serving as producer for the whole set.

    To pick up a copy of Tell My Sister, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete set at checkout.

on May 13, 2011 - 12:22pm
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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."

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Kate McGarrigle's family, friends, and longtime musical collaborators gathered on stage at The Town Hall in New York City last night for the first of two concerts (pictured at left) celebrating the life and music of the late singer-songwriter, who died of sarcoma in January 2010 at the age of 63.

The evening, curated by producer Joe Boyd, was a beautiful and emotional tribute to McGarrigle, featuring performances by Kate’s children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, her sister Anna, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Jimmy Fallon, Antony, Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Justin Vivian Bond, and Krystle Warren, as well as a reading by novelist Michael Ondaatje, among many unforgettable moments. All proceeds from last night's concert and tonight's show will go toward creating the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund, administered by the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

"Their voices flew as high as birds and resonated with a closeness only siblings can create," writes New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber in a preview of tonight's concert. "Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang some of the most distinct and shimmering harmonies in the modern folk era, heard on classic albums like their self-titled, 1975 debut." Farber spoke with Boyd about the concerts and that debut album, which Boyd produced, for a piece you can read at nydailynews.com.

Nonesuch Records released Tell My Sister, a three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's beloved 1976 self-titled debut; its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees; and a collection of previously unreleased songs, including solo and duo demos, last week. Boyd, who produced the McGarrigles’ first two albums, assembled the material for the third disc in addition to serving as producer for the whole set.

To pick up a copy of Tell My Sister, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete set at checkout.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:30
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