Four years

Posted January 18th, 2014 by Anna


pic by Dane

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Coeur de pirate aka Beatrice Martin covers Heartbeats Accelerating

Posted January 14th, 2014 by Anna


Coeur de pirate aka Beatrice Martin has done the songs for this season’s Trauma series, Fabienne Larouche’s popular hospital drama on Radio-Canada. Here is the iTunes link to the 12 song recording. Heartbeats is the second cut. Chansons de la serie Trauma par Coeur de pirate

Link to show Trauma that begins this Wed night 9 p.m.

Heartbeats Accelerating Link for 2012 cover by Emmanuel Ethier. Merci Julien pour tes infos et le lien pour cette version.
 

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A nice piece on our music by Australian blogger Daniel Hollins

Posted January 9th, 2014 by Anna

KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE, AN INTRODUCTION THROUGH SONG

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Edith Butler covers Complainte pour Ste-Catherine (with Lisa Leblanc)

Posted January 1st, 2014 by Anna


Acadian star, Edith Butler’s version of Complainte (4th cut) on her new recording Le Retour.

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John Knowles, a great character and old friend – Sail on.

Posted December 19th, 2013 by Anna

Sadly, our old friend John Knowles left us this past Sunday. John and his first wife Sandra were friends of Edward Ruznak’s, a luthier and long-time employee of Edgar and Charlotte Jones’ Record Centre on MacKay St. Edward introduced John and Sandra to Peter Weldon, the rest of us followed, and their fate was sealed. The Knowles house at 440 Grosvenor Ave. in Westmount was to be the scene of some pretty wild evenings through the 60s and early 70s, but also of more sedate musical get-togethers, to learn the parts to Bach’s Mass in B minor around the old upright. One could say it was where the rowdy met the sacred, though John never actually partook in the ‘effete’ stuff. He was more into Peg Leg Howell and Jimmy Rodgers.

A talented musician and singer with an arresting stage presence, Johnny was also a fine raconteur and just 3 weeks ago he entertained a table of dinner guests with crazy stories about his days working as a barker on the travelling carnival circuit when he was a teen…’they dart, they drive, they dip and they dive, they’re Canada’s only racing monkeys.’ As The Band sang ‘Life is a carnival.’

In the early 80s John married Audrey Bean (co-writer with Anna of Cool River and Louis the Cat) who also happens to be Sylvan’s godmother. John and Audrey, both keen sailors, spent Summers in Riverport N.S. where they own land and where John’s son Peter, a house-builder, and his family live. If you’re ever in Rose Bay, you can see examples of Peter’s work in the graceful maritime vernacular he created.

In Aug 2008, Lily and I visited John and Audrey in Riverport. Here’s a bit of video Lily shot while we were out on the boat in the mouth of La Have River where it meets the Atlantic. Sail on John.

John and Audrey Knowles, Riverport, N.S. Aug 2008 from a. lanken on Vimeo.

John’s obituary from the Montreal Gazette. Funeral is at 2 p.m. this Sat. the 21st Dec. Unitarian Church, deMaisonneuve W. just West of Claremont at Bulmer.

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When Rufus met Harry

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Anna

Rufus and Harry Belafonte backstage at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honours Gala, Sunday Dec 8. Rufus was there to interpret 2 songs by Billy Joel who was being honoured and Harry Belafonte is a past-recipient. Pics by Jorn Weisbrodt.

When Rufus met Harry from a. lanken on Vimeo.

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I Am A Diamond – sung by Georgia Mooney

Posted October 28th, 2013 by Anna

A lovely version by Australian Georgia Mooney.

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As Fast As My Feet Can Carry Me – by Linda Thompson and family.

Posted October 18th, 2013 by Anna

Another lovely cover from Linda T.’s latest offering ‘Won’t Be Long Now’ (Topic/UK.) 3 generations of Thompsons on this one with Kami T. on lead.
As Fast As My Feet

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Kitty Come Home by Rufus & Von Trapp family with Pink Martini

Posted October 7th, 2013 by Anna

Rufus Wainwright & the Von Trapp great-grandchildren with Thomas Lauderdale’s Pink Martini – wow!Kitty Come Home

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Visit to Kate’s monument at St-Sauveur Parish Cemetery.

Posted August 13th, 2013 by Anna

This past week was all about Kate, and what a week it was. The family got to see the new monument for the first time on Sun Aug 4. The simple white stone designed by Rufus and Martha and executed by the Brunet family of Ormstown is a fitting tribute to the lovely talented Kate. Her drawing of ‘Skigirl’ graces the front of the stone and on the back is a banjo incorporating lyrics from Kate’s Talk to Me of Mendocino drawn by Rufus.

On Aug. 7 the Place Kate-McGarrigle, a new parkette, on Laurier near Querbes in Outremont, was officially opened and amidst all the speeches and tributes was a special one by Kate’s old friend and piper Ken Mackenzie. Upon hearing the stirring pipes, the President of the Outremont Historical Society turned to me and said ‘I thought you were of Irish and French descent?’ Well, we are mostly, but our paternal grandmother was Joanna Gillis of Fairville, N.B. and for sure we’ve also got good old Native Canadian blood on my mother’s side, like most French-Canadians.

On the evening of Aug 8 the family along with special guests, Robert Charlebois, Marie-Michele Desrosiers, Michel Rivard, Fanny Bloom and Pierre Lapointe did two pretty amazing back-to-back concerts at the Outremont Theatre on Bernard Ouest, in aid of the Kate McGarrigle Fund for Cancer Research. This was followed by an all-night party at Campbell Hendery’s place in the Mile-End..I’m still recovering. Merci, mercy…thank you.

A video I shot at the cemetery intercut with Ken at Place Kate.

Unveiling of Kate’s monument in St Sauveur Parish Cemetery Aug 4 2013. from a. lanken on Vimeo.

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