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Kate & Anna McGarrigle


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Kate (February 6, 1946 – January 18, 2010) and Anna (December 4, 1944) McGarrigle were a duo of Canadian singer-songwriters from Quebec, who performed as a duo until Kate McGarrigle’s death on January 18, 2010.

Anna McGarrigle and Kate McGarrigle were born in Montreal of mixed Irish- and French-Canadian background, but lived their childhood in the Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, northwest of Montreal, where they learned piano from village nuns. In the 1960s, in Montreal, while Kate was studying engineering at McGill University and Anna art at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, they began performing in public and then began writing their own songs. From 1963 to 1967 they teamed up with Jack Nissenson and Peter Weldon to form the folk group Mountain City Four. Into the twenty-first century, Kate and Anna McGarrigle continued to write, and recorded and performed music, with assorted accompanying musicians including Gerry Conway, Pat Donaldson, Ken Pearson, Michel Pépin, Chaim Tannenbaum and Joel Zifkin.
Their songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Maria Muldaur, Nana Mouskouri, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg, Chloé Sainte-Marie, Judy Collins, Anne Sofie von Otter and others. The covers of their songs by well known artists led to the McGarrigles getting their first recording contract in 1974. They created ten albums from 1975 through 2008.


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  • yukinihon666

    素晴らしい Kate R.I.P. ♥

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • wafagan

    I love Love Over and Over personally, but their French work is superb. I'll miss Kate.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • zhangdunsuper

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • kali_ram

    such a classic sound and great harmonies!

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Tag1955

    It is Difficult,but my first love was Dancer with bruised Knees and the first track was Perrine Etait Servante

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JZ999


    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    It is difficult to choose exactly, but I think "Heartbeats Accelerating" is their best album.

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • sleeve_face

    my heart melts

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • semionato


    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    mother mother o help me, someone's tryna hurt me

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • sleeve_face

    this kind of music takes you in. so you feel part of a family. wonderful, wonderful.

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Vineonsmogon

    Bel petit hommage de leurs enfants à la St-Jean.

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • sleeve_face

    my god! can't stop listening since two weeks.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • semionato

    i'm in love.

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • semionato

    saratoga summer song is FREAKIN' STUNNING.

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • semionato

    so lovely.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • daviesr7

    Nonesuch Records has released Tell My Sister, a special three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s debut; its follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees and a disc of previously unreleased songs, including solo and duo demos. Highly recommended.

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    Kate and Anna. Such beautiful music. Sigh.

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Gabe1955

    Just listening to "Southern Boys" and those fab Voices -and it was brought home to me that i'd never see Kate and Anna together...but we have Memories mine of the last time at Shepherd's bush around 2005...Lovely ladies voices able to melt polar ice caps,probably why they never played there..gorgeous Kate R.I.P...And that or what...Mmmmmm

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • cranwellb1992

    R.I.P Kate

    7 May 2010 Reply
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