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 Live album recorded during concerts in memory of the late Canadian singer/songwriter; features Kate’s children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, plus many other musician friends. Proceeds to benefit Kate McGarrigle Foundation

 “McGarrigle wrote and sang heartrendingly personal songs throughout most of her life; hearing them now that she’s gone was emotional, to say the least. Performers and audience members alike could be seen tearing up.” —Rolling Stone USA

 “Kate McGarrigle…left behind an extended musical family and a quietly magnificent catalog…(She) wrote 20th-century parlor songs: folksy-sounding, latter-day descendants of Stephen Foster tunes, hymns, waltzes and popular arias…Yet within those cozy settings, Ms. McGarrigle was bold and sophisticated, musically and emotionally.” —New York Times

On June 21, Nonesuch Records releases Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle, which features highlights from three concerts in honour of the late Kate McGarrigle, the beloved singer and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame member. After McGarrigle died of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2010, her children—the acclaimed musicians Martha and Rufus Wainwright—and her sister and musical partner Anna McGarrigle led tribute concerts in London, Toronto, and New York.

Proceeds from the concerts provided seed money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money in the fight against sarcoma and also to preserving her legacy through the arts. Net proceeds from the sale of Sing Me the Songs also will be donated to the Foundation. 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, and Teddy Thompson, among others.

The New York concerts were filmed for a feature documentary entitled Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, directed by Lian Lunson (Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man) and produced by Lunson and Teddy Wainwright. Candid interviews with McGarrigle’s family and friends are paired with rousing performances of her music. Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You will premiere in late June at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) which will also present a benefit concert titled Kate’s Kidsin which Rufus and Martha will welcome a few very special guests, including Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Mark Ronson, to celebrate the rich career of their late mother. This event will follow Martha Wainwright’s forthcoming Australian tour, which takes place from May 31-June 22 (dates below) and which follows the release of her latest album Come Home To Mama.

Raised in an artistic family in St. Sauveur, Quebec, Kate McGarrigle moved to New York in 1969 to pursue a singing career while her sister Anna studied art in Montreal. Both wrote many songs during this period, including Anna’s “Heart Like a Wheel,” which eventually appeared on their debut album (and was made famous by Linda Ronstadt in 1974), and Kate’s “The Work Song,” which Maria Muldaur recorded in 1973. It was another Muldaur recording of a McGarrigle song that first brought the sisters to the attention of then–Warner Bros. Records President Lenny Waronker and launched their recording career with Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1976). Ten more albums followed, including 1977’s Dancer with Bruised Knees, which Nonesuch reissued in a set with their debut album—and a disc of previously unreleased demos—in 2011.

Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle


1. Kiss and Say Goodbye

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle with Jane McGarrigle, Lily Lanken, Sylvan Lanken, Dane Lanken, Sloan Wainwright, Greg Prestopino

 2. Southern Boys

Rufus Wainwright with Martha Wainwright, Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson

 3. (Talk to Me of) Mendocino

Norah Jones with Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright

 4. Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse

Rufus Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris with Martha Wainwright, Krystle Warren, Lily Lanken, Sylvan Lanken, Jane McGarrigle

 5. Matapedia*

Martha Wainwright with Lily Lanken, Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle

 6. I Eat Dinner*

Rufus Wainwright and Emmylou Harris

 7. Swimming Song

Jimmy Fallon

 8. Saratoga Summer Song§

Teddy Thompson

 9. Tell My Sister

Martha Wainwright

 10. I Don’t Know

Krystle Warren

 11. First Born

Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright with Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle, Dane Lanken, Lily Lanken, Greg Prestopino

 12. Heart Like a Wheel

Emmylou Harris, Anna McGarrigle, Krystle Warren, Martha Wainwright

 13. Go Leave


 14. As Fast as My Feet Can Carry Me

Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones

 15. Walking Song

Rufus Wainwright

 16. Proserpina

Kate McGarrigle, Sloan Wainwright, Martha Wainwright with Ensemble


 1. I Am a Diamond

Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright

 2. Mother Mother§

Kevin Drew, Amy Millan, Ariel Engle, Andrew Whiteman

 3. On My Way to Town

Anna McGarrigle, Sylvan Lanken, Lily Lanken

 4. Over the Hill

Norah Jones and Lily Lanken

 5. I Cried for Us

Rufus Wainwright and Antony

 6. The Work Song

Justin Vivian Bond

 7. Come Back Baby

Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson, Greg Prestopino

 8. Oliver§

Rufus Wainwright

 9. Dans le silence§

Robert Charlebois and Rufus Wainwright with Martha Wainwright

 10. Jacques et Gilles§

Anna McGarrigle and Lily Lanken with Martha Wainwright

 11. All the Way to San Francisco§

Martha Wainwright with Rufus Wainwright, Dane Lanken, Sylvan Lanken

 12. Tell My Sister§

Peggy Seeger

 13. Travelling on for Jesus

Chaim Tannenbaum with Ensemble

14. Go Leave*

Linda Thompson and Richard Thompson (guitar)

 15. Darlin’ Kate

Emmylou Harris with Anna McGarrigle, Lily Lanken

 16. Dink’s Song

Anna McGarrigle, Chain Tannenbaum, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright

 17. Love Over and Over


 18. I Just Want to Make It Last (home demo)

Kate McGarrigle


New York (Thurs.)

New York (Fri.)




Friday 31st May – The Tivoli,  Brisbane, QLD

Saturday 1st June – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Sunday 2nd June –  Byron Theatre,  Byron Bay, NSW

Thursday 6th June – Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 8th June – Lizotte’s,  Newcastle, NSW

Sunday 9th June – Lizotte’s,  Newcastle, NSW

Thursday 13th June – Dark Mofo – Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS

Friday 14th June –  Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Saturyday 15th June – Melbourne Recital Centre,  Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 16th June – Memorial Hall,  Leongatha, VIC

Thursday 20th June – Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide, SA

Saturday 22nd June – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

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