The sad news came out this morning that Kate McGarrigle has died, succumbing to clear cell sarcoma, a form of cancer with which she was diagnosed in 2006. Kate and her sister Anna, wrote and performed as the McGarrigle Sisters, an accomplished folk duo emerging from Canada in the 1970s. Together, they are exemplars of the beauty of harmony sung by siblings. Kate may be better known to younger readers as the mother of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, children from her marriage to another great singer-songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III.
In her honor, here is Kate McGarrigle with her sister, son and a few notable colleagues, singing a sumptuous rendition of one of Stephen Foster’s most moving songs, “Hard Times Come Again No More.” You can play this one at my funeral.
UPDATE: Noah Adams at NPR has a new story on Kate McGarrigle, including a song link.