Archive for May, 2009

Martha Sings Piaf in NYC

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009


Martha will be playing an intimate show coming up soon at Dixon Place in New York City.

The Details:

two nights only! join us june 14th and 15th at dixon place for an evening of french song.

Martha Wainwright and Hal Willner have paired together to make a live album of rare Piaf songs. Featuring Doug Weilselman, Brad Albetta and Thomas Bartlett, as well as other guest musicians

Sunday June 14th at 8pm
Monday June 15th at 7:30 and 10:00pm

Tickets 25$

Click here to buy tickets

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McGarrigle/Cockburn/Wainwright/Tannenbaum – Fare Thee Well or Dink’s Song

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Still dwelling on the Seeger event. Couldn’t find a youtube that had both visual and sound performance of Dink’s Song♥ aka Fare Thee Well which features Kate McGarrigle vocal & guitar, Bruce Cockburn vocal & guitar, Martha Wainwright vocal, Rufus Wainwright vocal with Chaim Tannenbaum echo harp and Anna McGarrigle accordion. Somebody has posted just the sound on youtube, better than nothing at all. Thank you.
Fare Thee Well/aka Dink's Song.

♥Story has it the song was collected in 1908 by John Lomax who heard a woman (presumably Dink) sing it. Dink was living in a tent on the banks of the Brazos River in Texas and she was doing her laundry. (Kate: take note) It’s utterly heartbreaking. “If I had wings like Noah’s dove, I’d fly up the river to the one I love, Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well… Maple Byrne, who works with Emmylou, when asked to name his favorite songwriter, replied: “Dink.” We first heard Dave Van Ronk do it in Montreal in the early 60s. Pete S. sang the song with banjo accompaniment and Barbara Dane had sort of a hit with it. Don’t know if there’s a recording of Dink singing her song (1908?) but she will live forever as long as people call it by its name, Dink’s Song.

Read down this article to where the reviewer calls our performance the musical highlight of the evening, no less..we thought it was too. It is the Irish Times and they may be just a little biased…There were many great moments. I think Amazing Grace did it for me.

Also putting in a link for BEFORE TOMORROW/LE JOUR AVANT LE LENDEMAIN this film Kate and I have some music in. It was released in late March and we didn’t have our new site up then. Here is a poster for it.354339

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Thank you Pete

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

from left: martha wainwright, joan baez, emmylou harris, kate mcgarrigle, anna mcgarrigle, behind her are bruce cockburn and rufus wainwright

Pete Seeger turned 90 somewhere near the 3rd of may which saw a huge turnout at madison square garden for the blessed event.

We first saw him when he was less than half that age! He made us want to make music and sing…which we did.
When we saw him at the garden, he was almost physically unchanged from when we heard him back in those dark ages somewhere in early sixties – tall, slim, dressed in a checkered shirt and blue jeans….the hair was white tho, and the voice that made him so famous was barely audible. But the sound in our memories was as clear as the Bells of Rhymney.
So as everyone danced on stage to We Shall Overcome, we pinched ourselves and remarked “who’d a’ thunk back in 196l that we’d be here today celebrating the 90th birthday of the undisputed master of all folk music…pete seeger”.

Thank you Pete.

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potatoes in the garden with msg

Thursday, May 7th, 2009



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