Archive for February, 2011

Heartbeats Accelerating

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This is now available at itunes. HEARTBEATS

There are no actual cds for sale. I’ll post if that happens.

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Saratoga Summer Song + Heart Like a Wheel, songs in the news.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Feb 20 2011

A number of people have asked about the Saratoga Summer Song after hearing Teddy Thompson sing it at the Celebration of Kate McGarrigle in London, June 2010. He killed it. Kate wrote it around 1970 after she and Roma Baran had migrated from Montreal to Saratoga Springs NY, home of the Caffe Lena. Kate’s version of it exists on a solo demo of her songs from 1971. The demo was presented to Warner Bros and though she was not signed at that time a copy of the tape remained in their vault. We’re very happy to say that Nonesuch will soon be releasing our first 2 Warner recordings, ‘Kate & Anna McGarrigle’ and ‘Dancer with Bruised Knees,’ all beautifully remastered by Joe Boyd and John Wood. Also included in this deluxe edition will be the great Kate solo demo from 1971 and some songs by the 2 of us from 1974 just prior to being signed and a couple of them also have Roma Baran playing guitar and singing. There will be short pieces written by Joe, Greg Prestopino and myself. In the meantime I’ve posted this video of Teddy from last June. Thank you Studio 54 for filming it.

Saratoga Summer Song – Teddy Thompson, RFH June 2010

Teddy Thompson – Saratoga Summer Song from Studio54 on Vimeo.

Bruce Driscoll aka The King of Nowhere sent me the link to his sweet version of HLW. Not sure there’s an actual recording. Here’s KofN facebook page.
Heart Like a Wheel – The King of Nowhere 2011

New Cover!
Heart Like a Wheel – Katie Moore from her album Montebello. This week, I was a guest on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi and Katie Moore who was the musical guest sang HLW with her band. I was knocked out. She is beatific.

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Kate McGarrigle Tribute Concerts – Town Hall, NYC – May 12 & 13, 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A Celebration of the Music of Kate McGarrigle

Town Hall, NYC May 12 and 13, 2011

Featuring Anna McGarrigle, Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Guests
NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Two shows will be held in honor of the late Kate McGarrigle at Town Hall on May 12 and 13. A tribute to the iconic and influential singer/songwriter, the shows, curated by Joe Boyd, will showcase performances by Kate’s children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Kate’s sister, Anna McGarrigle, Jimmy Fallon, Emmylou Harris, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Krystle Warren, Teddy Thompson, Justin Bond, and more. In conjunction with the shows, Nonesuch Records will release a new edition of the first two Kate & Anna McGarrigle albums.
From the release of that eponymous album in 1976, Kate and Anna McGarrigle defined a sophisticated yet traditional branch of North American song. Their rich harmonies, rooted in the Irish and Quebecois music of their upbringing, drew listeners into a personal world of songs about romance, heartbreak, chemistry, solitude, ageing and adventure. This concert will reveal an artist who possessed an extraordinary gift for the craft of composition, showcased in such songs as Go Leave, (Talk to Me of) Mendocino, Kiss and Say Goodbye, and Tell My Sister, to name a few.
Kate McGarrigle was diagnosed in 2006 with a rare form of cancer known as Sarcoma, which affects connective tissue such as bone, muscle, nerves and cartilage. She lost her battle in January of 2010, age 63, surrounded by a singing group of family and friends at her home in Montreal. All profits from these shows will go toward the creation of the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund in association with the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA).
The performers will be accompanied by a band very familiar with Kate’s catalog, including Thomas Bartlett on piano, Jane McGarrigle on piano, Calum MacColl on guitar, Anna McGarrigle on piano and accordion, Brad Albetta on bass, Bryan Devendorf on drums, Michel Pepin on guitar, Chaim Tannenbaum on mandolin and banjo and Joel Zifkin on violin (the last three regular members of Kate & Anna’s touring group).
Last June the first Kate McGarrigle celebration was staged at the Royal Festival Hall in London and sold out within hours. Six national British publications reviewed the show with all awarding it an unprecedented 5 stars. The evening was perhaps best summed up by one journalist calling it “…a heartfelt and fitting tribute to a remarkable woman.”
Tickets go on sale Monday, February 7 at noon by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at
Box Office sales begin on April 21 at the Town Hall box office; $40.00 – $75.00
This concert is presented by Absolutely Live Entertainment in association with Joe Boyd and Catherine Steinmann.
For more information visit

Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13
8:00 pm
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY

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