Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dies
Canadian folk singer, Kate McGarrigle has died of cancer, aged 63. McGarrigle was once married to fellow folkie, Loudon Wainwright III, and is the mother of successful music artistes, Rufus and Martha. Together with sister Anna, the act Kate & Anna McGarrigle were well-respected and performed with many contemporary artistes, such as Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins and Elvis Costello.
The Wainwrights and the McGarrigles must be one of the most musical families on the current scene.
Kate rose to prominence with sister Anna when they recorded together in the 1970s. "Sadly our sweet Kate had to leave us last night," Anna said.
"She departed in a haze of song and love surrounded by family and good friends," she wrote on their website.
"She is irreplaceable and we are broken-hearted. Til we meet again dear sister."
The pair first attracted attention in 1974 when Linda Ronstadt recorded their song Heart Like a Wheel as the title track for one of her albums.
The sisters' first record came out in 1975, titled Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and brought them critical acclaim.