Kate McGarrigle 1946 – 2010

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Anna

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Sadly our sweet Kate had to leave us last night. She departed in a haze of song and love surrounded by family and good friends. She is irreplaceable and we are broken-hearted. Til we meet again dear sister. ♡

The pic of Kate was taken by David Gahr in 1970 when Kate was in NYC with Roma Baran.

633 Responses:

  1. Nick says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    So sorry to hear of Kate’s passing. I know words are not enough, but thoughts and condolences from my family to yours.

  2. Craig Brazier says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    So many great moments listening to Kate and Anna. A sound yet unduplicated. Her lovely voice will be greatly missed.

  3. Aindriu MacGabhann says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    “Sleep is a river , flows on forever, and for your boatman choose John o Dreams”
    We will all miss you,sleep in peace.

  4. Jane A. Nelson says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Anna,

    I and thousands and thousands of the McGarrigle Sisters’ devoted fans, are so very sad. Your music is so beautiful – I have been watching and listening to several of your songs this morning in honour of Kate. And laughed my way through your baking the ski cookies with Martha Stewart.

    I am also one of three girls and have grieved deeply over the loss of our youngest sister 4 years ago. You are in my thoughts during this very difficult time. My deepest sympathies to you, Jane and all your families.

    Jane Nelson
    Westmount

  5. Robert Guth & Therese Norris says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Deepest sympathies to Kate’s family and friends over their loss. As long time fans of her music, we have been fortuante to witness the evolution of talent over the decades and the rich inheritance of her children. In our hearts forever… Robert & therese

  6. Robert Fontanetta says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

    Kate’s music brings great joy. She will be missed by many.

    Robert Fontanetta

  7. Roland says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    How terribly sad; deepest condolences to all the McGarrigle tribe. I am so glad to have seen Kate and Anna – and extended musical family – play together on several occasions: absolute highlights of my concert-going. As Anna says, irreplaceable. RIP Kate.

  8. Diana says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I had the priviledge of seeing Kate and her entire family perform at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in December. She was such a talented and charming lady. The loss to her family will be beyond comprehension.

    Sleep peacefully, Kate. Your devoted fans will not forget you.

  9. Susan Young says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Goodbye, Kate. Thank you for the gifts you shared with us.
    Thoughts and prayers to Rufus, Martha, Anna, and the whole family on this sad day.

  10. Belinda says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Lost too soon but that sounds like the way I would want to go when the time comes. Condolences to all the family.

  11. Lise Creurer says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Kate’s passing and of this profound loss for the McGarrigle family. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform with Anna more than a dozen times. Her presence on this earth and voice in song helped define the Canadian cultural landscape.

  12. Rob says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Such sad news. Her rendition of Proserpina at the London Christmas concert was a revelation and will remain with me always. RIP.

  13. kata says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Rest in peace, dear Kate…the world feels a little bit smaller without you here…Condolences to family and friends…

  14. JOHN LANGILLE says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I am very sad to hear this. my thoughts are with the family. one of my favorite musical families

  15. Wouter says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Our condolences from the netherlands. our thoughts are with rufus, martha and the other friends and family

  16. Saz says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

    I feel honoured that I attended ‘A not so silent night’in London in December and got to see you all at long last.A lovely night. Not so silent. This is now a very poignant memory.

    Thinking of you all.

    Saz x

  17. Callum Smith says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    A brief yet beautiful message Anna. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  18. Michael (catweazle) says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    How sad. I saw her only last month at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time. Love to Anna, Martha, Rufus and the whole family. May she rest in peace.

  19. Rachael says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear this news.
    Kate was an inspiration and such a beauty, inside and out.
    My thoughts are with you all xxx

  20. Jo Gedrych says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Dearest people, I’m so sorry. I lost my beloved wife to cancer just six months ago and it still hurts. I’ve known your work and loved your songs from the very earliest days, Mendocino still makes me cry, as does heart like a wheel. Dancer with bruised knees and the french album still get played frequently. I will never forget the Cambridge festival appearances. Kate will never die while those of us who loved the music still remember the vibrant human being who helped create it. May she rest in peace.
    Lov and respect Jo

  21. Liz T says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    What incredibly devastating news for the whole family. I am so glad and lucky that I was present to witness the Royal Albert Hall show in December. To think I almost never went, due to another commitment, but came to my senses. I will never forget that night. Heaven reverberates to a sweet voice today.

    With love
    Liz, London, England

  22. Lynne Perkin says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Kate was a wonderful woman and she will be much missed. I would like to send mine and my families love and sincere condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lynne

  23. degreezero says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    May she rest in peace.

  24. egil horne mikkelsen says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Been following you girls for decades. This is a very sad day. Talk to me of Mendocino…

  25. campbell says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    anna said it all.
    thank you kate from here to that other shore.
    campbie

  26. Candy Harmon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    What a terrible loss of a real light in the world. Hold on to the love she no doubt left you with all. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her and by people she never met. (Me included!)I got to know about her from being a fan of Rufus and Martha. The stories and comments at their shows seemed to bring us into the family circle. Please take some comfort knowing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  27. Phil Shopland says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Such sad news. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful way to send her on her way.

  28. Kevin says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    A wonderful woman who will be missed by so many, but none so much as her beautiful family.

    My condolences to you and the loss of your mother, sister, aunt, and friend.

  29. Miles Baker says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    thanks for the music-your art will stay forever

  30. Ruby and sisters says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Kate was a wonderful,gracious,talented lady with great strength of character.
    These qualities have been so generously passed on to her children,of whom she was so proud.
    We admired her courage tremendously,especially at The Royal Albert Hall in London 2009,a concert indeed to remember.
    And so, we can only pass on to you all, our combined sympathy and sadness upon hearing the news today.Our hearts go out to your hearts.
    Sweet kate indeed,we will all miss her.

  31. Terence Larkin says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    It always seemed to me that Kate spent half her life making music of extraordinary beauty and deep emotion, and the other half tuning…

    She was unique and wonderful and will be much missed.

    No more candlelight
    No more romance
    No more small talk

    We will love you always.

  32. Andreas Nietmann says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I was saddened this morning when I heard that Kate had died. I cried.

    Rest in Peace. Sing with the Angel’s Choir!

    Andreas

  33. Jeffrey Sokolow says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    We are at a loss for words. Our hearts go out to you. The music the McGarrigle sisters made together will long endure. Thank you for bringing such sweet joy into the world.

  34. Samantha Parton says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Anna, I am so sorry to hear about Kate’s passing. What a devastating loss for your family; for Canada, for the world. Your music together has been a big soundtrack to my life. Thank you for all of it, for who you are, for all you and Kate have given. Many, many blessings and thoughts to you today.

    Sam

  35. Mae says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Anna thank you for sharing your beautiful sister with us, we will miss her smile and cherish each word she wrote and every note you played together.

  36. Robert says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    You are one of the few singing groups that I trusted. I purchased all of your discs. The death on Kate has moved me deeply. I met Kate one night at The Bottom Line. She was so nice.

  37. Sara says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    A true Canadian treasure has left us. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

  38. Mitch Melnick says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Montreal has lost one of its angels. Peace to extended family.

  39. Bry says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    a thousand and one blessings to Kate and her family. Thanks for all the great music.

  40. julian aley says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    1st and 2nd LP’s are two of my favorites. Thank you for the music.

  41. Georgina Sparrow says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Dearest family, especially Rufus and Martha
    I was so saddened to hear of Kate’s death. I was at the concert at the Albert Hall on 9th December. It was a magical night and I will treasure the memories of hearing you all sing and celebrate christmas.
    Rufus – I text my children everyday and whisper – \your’re special\, just like your mum did to you. I will see you in Ipswich later this year.
    With love and sending you the strength to get through the sad days ahead.
    Georgina x

  42. Claire says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Kate, may she rest in peace. I’m drowning myself in her music here in Ireland.

  43. Dirk S. says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Somewhere in Flanders (Belgium)French Record and Heartbeats Accelerating will be played tonight. Thanks for years of beautiful music, meeting the sisters after a concert in Bruges is a memory I still cherish.

  44. hillybilly says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    it was beautiful, the night at the Royal Festival Hall, thank you, and am very, very sorry for your loss

  45. fhaedra says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    We will miss her everywhere. But her voice will carry on and we will listen.

    Sincere condolences to all of Kate’s family.

  46. jan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Can only agree-we followed kate and anna for years and were at the albert hall-we were even due to come out to cnada this year and hoped we might see them-feeling for you Anna-our thoughts are with you

  47. blair says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    The angels are sounding a little more sweeter,thanks you Kate,peace is with you now.

  48. Nicole Reith says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Dear family,
    I can hardly express my sadness. I have never loved music more than yours, and Kate will be sorely missed. I wish you the best in coping with your loss.

  49. Ian Probert says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    So, so sad to hear this. Kate was a beautiful singer and a beautiful person.

    Can I send my deepest sympathies and love to Anna, Martha, Rufus and Loudon. At times like this you need to know that people are thinking about you.

    Much love,

    Ian

  50. Elizabeth says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Love to all of you, who have given so much to me.

  51. Patricia Gordon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    What terribly sad news – she and her family have been part of my life for more than 50 years. Fortunately for us, her art remains thanks to technology but that beautiful spirit is gone from the world – a very great loss. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

  52. Bengt says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you for all your lovely music, your voice will be missed.

  53. fred says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Repose en paix amie musicienne la scene musicale perd plusieurs beau refrain en ce
    Debut d annee, lhasa, toi, mano solo sont tous disparus…que de tristesse
    A bientot xxx

  54. pitheau says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    You as her family and friends are so fortunate to have known such an exceptional woman. But this makes losing her all the more terrible. I wish you all the strength you need to overcome this incredible loss and I sincerely hope you will soon be able to remember her not with pain but with gratitude. Please tell her grandson what a wonderful person she was. Marijke

  55. Judi says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    A voice like crushed diamonds\ was the quote on the poster of Kate (or maybe it was the Ark calendar)—but I think it was a poster, seen every time one entered The Ark. It was a perfect description.

  56. Stan Snelleman says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you for the music and all the great songs. They play an important role in my life for the last 33 years. Love you. Stan.

  57. ben says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Now here they come
    Here they come here come my tears
    So go, leave

  58. Christopher says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    God’s speed to a good soul.

  59. seeldee says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    This news really levelled me this morning. I have much sympathy for Kate’s family and friends and wish them all much peace.

    Kate and Anna’s music has always been a part of my life. I “discovered” them when I was just a kid working in a record store in the early 90s. In recent years, I’ve added the music of Kate’s own Rufus and Martha to my collection and love their work just as much and have seen them both in concert several times.

    On the weekend, I cleaned up all the piles of CDs that had been accumulating around the living room over the past few months. There must have been over 100 of them in little piles on book cases and everywhere else around the stereo. I kept about ten aside and put the rest away; a sort of “desert island” selection of recordings that I always go back to. One of those ten CDs was the self-titled Kate and Anna McGarrigle record. It is among my favourite recordings of all time and I revisit it often. It helped me get through my own mom’s losing battle with liver cancer two years ago.

    I guess the point of my leaving a comment is to let Kate’s family know how much she will be missed not just by me but, I imagine, by thousands of strangers who feel close to a great, sensitive artist and her equally talented sister who together made some of the most funny, poignant, and plainspoken songs we’ve ever heard. I hope that in time Anna will continue to make music and I look forward to hearing her own voice in new ways with her talented family.

    Thank you Kate!

  60. Jaik Josephson says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Wow…my heart is so heavy to hear of this news. I cried all the way to work – singing Talk to Me of Mendecino & Heart Like a Wheel in the congestion of morning traffic. Kate & Anna have made for an amazing soundtrack for more than thirty years of my life. They were a family that sang together of stark and hurting beauty. The sound was often innocence twinned with a grim & aching imagery. At other times the sisters were just plain fun. They reflected back to me so much of the outsider experience. Their music spoke to me of Canada.

    I am thankful for Kate & will listen up with hope & intrigue as Rufus & Martha make their musical way.

  61. Jan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you Kate for your beautiful songs, your fragile voice and for moving me with “Talk To Me of Mendocino”; I’ll burn a candle for you tonight.
    Jan
    The Netherlands

  62. Jigsaw says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Such wonderful music and memories from my wild romantic younger years. Dear Kate, may your family find comfort in the pleasure you gave to so many of us.

  63. Glenn Nuotio says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    She was a cherished encouraging friend.
    I am heart broken and grateful in remembering her.

    Thank you Kate.

  64. Heart Like a Wheel « mirabile dictu says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    [...] Anna McGarrigle: Sadly our sweet Kate had to leave us last night. She departed in a haze of song and love [...]

  65. Kate says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Your music has meant so much to me for so many years, all of you. My deepest condolences to the entire family.”My heart is on that ship out on the ocean.”

  66. Natale says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    And let the sun set on the ocean
    I will watch it from the shore
    Let the sun rise over the redwoods
    I’ll rise with it till I rise no more

    Talk to me of Mendocino
    closing my eyes, I hear the sea
    Must I wait, must I follow?
    Won’t you say \Come with me?\

    The sisters are not just national treasures, they are world treasures, universal treasures. We are lucky they were here and saddened that she has gone. May she rest in sweet peace.

  67. Mary g. says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    My deepest condolences.

  68. Susan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    A beautiful voice and a precious life has been silenced, but not for long. Kate will live on in the many hearts she has touched. She has left a loving, talented legacy in Rufus and Martha that will continue to touch lives and hearts for years and years.

    Those of us who were fortunate to have known her mourn her passing with her family, friends and fans, hoping that our grief and condolences will lighten the burden of loss for all of you.

    Sing on, Kate!

  69. Laura Stanley says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    There are tears all the way down in Arkansas.

  70. Nettie says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you Kate, thank you for your music.
    You brightened my days so often.
    You will always do so.
    Music never dies.
    You are music.
    Love,
    always,
    Nettie

  71. Damian says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    So sad. She left a lot of beauty behind for us. Thank you Kate

  72. Annie says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Years ago, while students at McGill in Montreal, my husband and I typed out (and carbon copied) McGarrigle lyrics to learn, sang along to the records, and played and sang our own versions. This music figures deeply in our personal history. Please accept our condolences to Anna and the beautiful, talented extended family. Blessings and love from a couple of now-Chicago based fans to all of you. Annie

  73. Anne E says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    thank you Kate—will be listening for your voice on the wind

  74. Sean B. says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I just met Kate on July 24, 2008 while her and Martha were walking on the street near Union Square in NYC. It was the night after Martha played at the Highline Ballroom, and it was great running into them.

    Anyway, a sad day. May your family find peace in the weeks to come.

  75. Shay says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Such music, such singing, such songs’ such voices! I think I first heard Kate and Anna in Dublin in 1974 in a small theater in the University, led there by the freshness and beauty of their first record. Farewell and thank you Kate.

  76. Jane says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    So very much music, and an incredible life of art and work. Thank you, Kate, for all you gifted us. The music will keep your spirit surrounding us forever.

  77. Mal, Helen, Linda - Belfast. says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Our thoughts to Kate’s family and friends at this time.

  78. Jay says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Love over and over. Thank you for that.

  79. patti says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Au revoir.

  80. M. Buckley says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss of a wonderful woman and artist.
    R.I.P. Kate McGarrigle

  81. J. Bo says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    So many of us out here in the world share your sadness and will miss Kate very much. Hold each other close and know that we’re thinking of you and keeping you in our hearts.

  82. Peter says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Kate, your music added life to my years. Thank you so much for that. Rest in peace.

  83. Rebecca says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    A voice so beautiful it stopped time,
    it will be heard over and over until time itself sleeps.

  84. Jan Smit says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Kate, I always loved you since I saw you in Groningen Pays Bas 30 years ago and even more now I visited your homecountry Canada 3 weeks ago and finally realised in full what it meant to promener sous St. Cathrine. My you rest in peace and thanks pour la musique.
    Jan Smit Holland

  85. willem says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Driving in my car I heard the news on the radio. It shocked me. When I hear your music it is always for days in my head.I wish you strength

  86. stephen dunn says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    A beautiful voice, a great songwriter and someone who added so much to our life through her work. Best of all she knew she was dearly loved by both family, friends and people the world over. Never forgotten, dearly missed.

    Stephen

  87. renzo cozzani says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    thanks of all, from the deep of the heart…goodbye, dear Kate

  88. Sharon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    So sad, my warmest thoughts for you all

  89. Jaap Jaarsma says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you Kate, my deepest respect. Love your music and that of all your loved ones. Condoleances and love to your family

  90. Christine Jensen says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you, Kate. You forever changed the way I listen to music.
    Christine

  91. Mary says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    To all Kate’s family, my heart breaks for your loss. Peace to you all.

  92. Revd JC says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you McGarrigle Sisters for your beautiful songs. Unique,soulful, wistful and funny. Always uplifting.

  93. Lars says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    1. Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
    Why it should be thus all the day long;
    While there are others living about us,
    Never molested, though in the wrong.
    * Refrain:
    Farther along we’ll know more about it,
    Farther along we’ll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We’ll understand it all by and by.
    2. Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer,
    Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
    When there are many living in comfort,
    Giving no heed to all I can do.
    3. Tempted and tried, how often we question
    Why we must suffer year after year,
    Being accused by those of our loved ones,
    E’en though we’ve walked in God’s holy fear.
    4. Often when death has taken our loved ones,
    Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
    Then do we wonder why others prosper,
    Living so wicked year after year.
    5. “Faithful till death,” saith our loving Master;
    Short is our time to labor and wait;
    Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
    When we shall pass the heavenly gate.
    6. Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
    Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
    Then we will meet those gone on before us,
    Then we shall know and understand why.

  94. Rene Vis, Netherlands says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    All strength to her loved ones to carry this great loss. I saw the sisters in 1996 in the Melkweg in Amsterdam. Unforgetable. As unforgetable as all the great songs she leaves behind. Rest in Peace.

  95. SeattleSuze says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    My heart goes out to all of you. I saw Kate and Anna perform in Seattle after years of holding your music close to my heart and will always treasure the memory. Sing with the angels, Kate.

  96. jan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    thanks Kate.

  97. Dermot says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the memories from 1974
    Dermot
    Birmingham UK

  98. Suzie says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    My heart goes out to you all. She was an amazing spirit. And she’s left an amazing legacy in her music and in all of you.

  99. karen marie says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you, Kate.

  100. Dale M. Tushman says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I can hear hear the harmonies in my head. The circle remains unbroken.

  101. Dave Moon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Very sad news. But the pure joy of the songs will live on.
    My frequent humming of “Mendocino” has gone on for the past 35 years,
    now it will be a touch sadder…

  102. Kelly says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    My thoughts are with her family and friends. My heart is broken…but I am thankful for her many beautiful contributions to this world and our lives.

    ~K

  103. Bea says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Sending all love to all the McGarrigles’ and Wainwrights’.

  104. suzan Lorenz says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I sat 13 years ago with my toddler daughter at an outdoor cafe next to a very attractive woman and her handsome son. As my daughter ambled about between our tables, the woman, who was calm and oddly familiar, chatted with me and with Amalia in such a lovely way. Her son was bemused, and she turned to him at one point and said “you were like that too you know, not so long ago”; she told me how quickly these stages passed and how soon I would find myself sitting across from an adult child, having lunch. She was lovely and so full of common-sense. Only as I walked my daughter back home did I recognize the voice and put 2 and 2 together. Lovely, a word the would best describe her and her music and her grace. I thanked her as a mother at the time; I thank her for her music now.

  105. Charlotte says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    our thoughts are with you all…what a treasure to hold in your hearts & what joy she brought to so many of us.

  106. Rene Michaud says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Merci, Kate, et Anna…J’ai grandi au Québec en vous écoutant , vous aussi. Entre la sagesse et la rue Ste Catherine, je me reconnaissais. Je me souviens aussi d’un show à Rimouski, pour l’ouverture de quoi ? d’une radio communautaire.

    Merci pour toute cette musique, merci.

  107. Gerda says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    We are all interlocking pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of life!

  108. Andy Mac says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Such sad news – but the song has no ending.

  109. Jan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you Kate for all the beautiful music you gave us, together with your sister.

    This is a sad month. After Lhasa,an other great musician passed away.

    Jan

  110. Anna says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Was at RAH in December and Manchester on 12the July. What a brave and talented lady. RIP Kate.

  111. Paola says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Anna,

    I am so sorry for the loss of Kate.
    This heart is broken as well…my condolences.

    Bless you,
    Paola

  112. Sarah in London says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful photograph and touching words…

  113. Scott says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I’m so sorry your sweet harmonies together have been silenced. Please take comfort in the beautiful memories. Peace be with all of your family.

  114. Kees says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Kate, thank you for you’re lovely music and the joy it gave me but also my son Kevin who played it often along on his drums.
    Our thoughts are also with you’re family and friends.

    Rest in Peace

    Kees van Veen
    Netherlands

  115. John S. says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you, Kate, for so many beautiful gifts, and heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Bless you all.

  116. Louise Penny says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Dear Anna and the McGarrigle family,

    I am heartbroken. What joy and reflection your music has brought me, and so many. Thank you. And condolences.

  117. Willem Groeneveld says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Anna and the McGarrigle family

    It was always a great, great joy to listen to her music,I am heartbroken with this sad news. May she rest in peace.

  118. Mike says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    This really saddens me deeply. I listened to the McGarrigle sister’s first album last night.

    This album has resonated with me for over 30 years. I first saw them on Saturday Night Live in 1976. Their performance of “Heart Like A Wheel” just stunned me. I bought the album and it was like finding an instant masterpiece. But more than that, it reached me in a way no other album has. I had just broken up with my girlfriend, and listening to this album soothed me and helped me get over the break-up. I found myself listening to it almost daily. I went through three copies of the LP and it was finally released on CD.

    I loaned the CD to a person I knew who never returned it. At that point, (2000) it was out of print. But, luckily, I found a used copy on Amazon. I used to listen to it every night, sometimes for months on end. I always listened right before I went to sleep and it seemed to guarantee pleasant dreams. It was like an aural tranquilizer.

    I never saw the McGarrigle sisters live. I had always wanted to meet them to let them know how much their music meant. To quote a song on that album: “We were like interlocking pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of life.”

  119. Brian Cormier says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    My deepest condolences to Kate’s family and friends. I’ve been humming “The Log Driver’s Waltz” and “Love Over and Over” all day.

    Rest in peace.

    Brian Cormier
    Moncton, NB

  120. Nancy says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you, thank you.
    The McGarrigles got me through many more than one ‘Hour’.
    Thank you for the music.
    Nancy

  121. David McG says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Dear Anna,

    Condolences from Sydney, Australia. I was playing your music all weekend, not knowing Kate was ill. The music that you made together was always touching and sometimes moving but when I play it today it’ll be particularly poignant.

    Thank you both for the music.

    David

  122. Annemiek says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you Kate for your music and wisdom and humor and for introducing me to your children. You will be sadly missed.

  123. Kelvin Seifert says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you, Kate. Whenever I felt homesick for my roots in northern California, I remember you and Anna singing “Mendocino”.

  124. Sarah Jones says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Kate and Anna,

    you brightened my life with your music. Thank you.

    With gratitude and prayers,
    Sarah

  125. Geoff Urwin says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    My thoughts are with all of you. Kate – you were a remarkable woman who gave us some of the most beautiful, memorable and moving music. You will be remembered and your legacy will live on – in your music and in your amazing offspring. Thank you.

  126. Marie Gauthier says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Mes sincères condoléances à toute la famille.

  127. Jimmy says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    At once I bear joy from her legacy and sadness at the loss of your sister and mother Kate.

  128. Kristine says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you for the music Kate.

    You are in my thoughts tonight while I listen to the videos from the Royal Albert Hall in December. What an incredible night & such wonderful memories. The music lives on.

    Sending love to all the family. xxxx

  129. Jane says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Just a few days ago I wrote here….I was hoping for a miracle. I am crying for the loss of a friend who did not know me and yet around the world we been all been connected in song. Today I will sing with the sisters as I potter about in my summer garden and send love to your families at this truly sad time. Jane.

  130. John Conell says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I’m stunned and saddened. And, as Anna said, brokenhearted. She will be missed by all who heard her music.

  131. katie pittman says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    The McGarrigle and Wainwright families
    Kate and Anna provided the theme songs for my thirties and have continued to provide joy with each new album. Kate’s passing feels like losing someone near and dear. Heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  132. àla Kurt says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I celebrate the life of Kate – for while she’s not around to touch and to share, her spirit and soul live forever in music – one of the best expressions of eternal life.

  133. Kevin says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Seeing Kate at the Albert Hall last christmas surrounded by her family and loved ones now seems even more poignant. I feel truly prevaledged to have been there and thankful to her for sharing her gift of music. At this sad time it gives me joy to think to think how very happy Kate must have been to welcome Martha’s son into the world. Kate and anna’s music has always been a massive part of my life and will live on . Sleep well gentle annie and thank you so much for the beauty you gave us all

  134. Christian says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    La musique des soeurs Mcgarrigle a pris aujourd’hui une nouvelle couleur, une tonalité qui ne la quittera plus. Merci Kate, vous étiez si magnifique!

  135. Tony Hitsman says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Sincere condolences to all the family. I am listening to their wonderful music today.

  136. Michael Derning says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Who made music like that? The loss is so deep and yet must be accepted. My heart goes out to family – and what a family! Thank you Kate.

  137. Carole Humphrey says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I am so sad to hear this news and my thoughts are with the McGarrigle/Wainwright
    family this evening.

    I went to RAH to see A Not So Silent Night – a joyous musical evening that
    made me feel part of your family.

    I saw Kate & Anna the first time they played in the UK and
    many years later I went to Mendocino because of Kate & Anna McGarrigle.

    Their music and talent is timeless and it has been a privilege to have heard such beautiful voices and harmonies creating their own unique sound.

    Thank you.

  138. Deborah says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I’m so glad that I was able to see Kate and Anna in concert in Toronto in the 70′s- it was a memorable evening.
    I too am heartbroken that Kate has left us but I take comfort in Emily Dickinson’s words “This World is not conclusion a sequel stands beyond, invisible as music, but positive as sound”
    Bless you Kate and thank-you.

  139. Roeland says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Such sad news. I was an admirer since I saw Kate & Anna perform at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1977. Luckily her music wil go on and on. Rest in peace, Kate.

  140. Isabelle says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Chers McGarrigles,
    Je vous suis et vous m’accompagnez depuis les années 70, depuis la complainte pour Ste-Catherine et Mendocino.
    Vous m’avez réconciliée plusieurs fois avec la vie. Avec mon identité, avec la langue, avec la joie, avec la marginalité, avec la création, avec l’amour, avec la beauté, avec la poésie, avec l’audace, avec la durée, avec ce qu’il faut de courage et ce qu’il faut de paix.

    Aujourd’hui, en apprenant le décès de Kate, c’est une grande part de ma propre histoire qui est endeuillée, ce sont des milliers de personnes qui se sentent un peu perdues, abandonnées soudainement par une belle âme qui est partie, qui reste là mais de loin, par l’énergie vitale de la musique. Nous devrons apprendre à vivre sans elle mais aussi à rester dans sa lumière.

    Merci à vous, merci Kate, pour tout.

    The trees will still grow high in New York state.
    Si la poésie peut aider à vivre, j’aurai la joie de vous entendre encore.

    Isabelle

  141. Laszlo says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    RIP

  142. Adam Howard says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Love over and over! Thanks for the harmony… bon voyage!

  143. stuart basford says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    i first came to your music through linda Ronstadt and then several years ago I had the honour and privelidge to promote you in concert at Sheffield Memorial Hall.
    This is a sad loss but you leave behind songs that will be sung and listened to for many many years to come.
    I am just glad i had the chance to put you and your family on in front of 400 greatfull fans.
    you music lives on
    stuart basford

  144. George W. says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    All i could think when I heard is that the angels have a new lead in their choir. My partner and I are crying, watching “Hard Times Come Again No More” from the Atlantic sessions. Kate and the whole family, you are in our hearts and prayers.

  145. Tom Byrne says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Dear Anna and family,

    Words fail now but somehow I would like to convey the sadness I feel at the loss of Kate, a person I knew only through her music. May you and those close to Kate rejoice and celebrate her life and may you find the peace and contentment that her life’s work brought to all of us.

  146. Charles en Marij says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Your music will live on forever.

  147. Dawn Ellis says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss….and the loss to her fans! She will be missed…she will live on forever in her music!

    Take care,

    Dawn

  148. Jonas says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    So sad to hear this. Thank you, Kate, for all the music.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

  149. Mark Anthony says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Kate. I remember seeing Kate and Anna in concert when I was younger and I now enjoy her son, Rufus’ music as well. A treasure has been lost.

  150. Mike says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    My heart is broken.

  151. Deb Venn says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    so sad but she leaves us much treasure in her music.

  152. Jim Capaldi says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I have loved your music for more years that I care to remember. This is so sad. My sincere condolences to Anna, Martha and Rufus. Kate will live on in the beautiful music of her most talented children. What better legacy can one wish for?

  153. Anna says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    “She departed in a haze of song and love surrounded by family and good friends.”
    That is such a comforting thought. The McGarrigle sisters’ music has been an important part of my life for the last 30 years or so. Kate’s death has left me and my husband deeply saddened and indeed brokenhearted. The world’s a poorer place but Kate is singing to us as I type this and she will be in our hearts forever.

    So light the candle one more time
    For tomorrow I’ll be goin’ and I’ve grown used to the light
    Night after night, the same flame glowin’
    Won’t you light it just one more time

    God knows, I want to stay
    By your side, night and day
    And to hold you and be held in return
    As we did from the south of france clear through to Galway
    I can’t help the things that I say

  154. philip says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    this is just so sad, kate will be truly missed. condolences to all, martha, rufus, anna and jane and all her exrended family.

  155. Gerwin says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family.

    Her music is fantastic and will stay fantastic ..

  156. Ruud says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you Kate! Your name leaves a trail of music for ever. From Sweden with thoughts to the family.

  157. Jim Witkowski says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    You both brought so much joy to my house listening at nights to my threadbare albums. I’ll miss you but I’ll always have your music in my heart. Bless you for being an important part of my life.

    jw

  158. Emmanuel R says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I feel so sad. So sad and so grateful — your music are a soundtrack in my life, woven in the very fabric of beautiful, daily moments; your concerts are a treat made of humour, charm, harmony and perfection. We miss you.
    Condolences to the all the family.

  159. elizabeth mitchell says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I will always be grateful to Kate’s generous spirit, sharing so much of herself and her family through her exquisite music, so fearlessly and beautifully through the years. Rest in peace, we will all miss you so much.

  160. Chris G says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I am so sad – condolences
    A partnership made in heaven

  161. Paul Johnson says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    First saw Kate and Ann at Cambridge Folk Festival in the 1980′s, I’ve still got the photos and there were kids running hither and yon and of course they turned out to be Martha and Rufus. I’d already been a fan for years and throughout the punk years I loved playing their music really loudly! I can Remember buying their first LP in Southampton and getting both it and the French Record signed before a London show, the harmonies still stir the hairs on the back of my neck.

    Anyway, we’ve lost a good ‘un x

  162. Carlos Mendes-Rosa says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    My deepest condolences from Brazil. I’ll keep loving the McGarrigles’ music.

  163. Bill Pearson says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Too, too soon.
    Kate and Anna have been a part of my and my friends’ lives for decades.
    Take care of yourselves.

    Let the sun rise over the redwoods,
    I’ll rise with it till I rise no more.

    So sad.

  164. Doreen Mason says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This is a sad day for the Canadian and world-wide music scene. Thank you for leaving behind a musical legacy. RIP Kate

  165. Ro says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my. . . the sadness at hearing this news can only speak to what a significant part of my life Kate and Anna have occupied. Thanks so for every wonderful time that you and your sister filled my life with gorgeous lyrics and melodies. My evening toast is for Kate.

  166. alex shoumatoff says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Kate connected with an important part of me that no one ever had before, and I suspect, no I know, many other people had the same experience. She had the unusual ability to see who you really were, and to bring it out. Her intellectual curiosity was boundless, and we would have great far-ranging conversations for hours on the phone, sprinkled with the mischievous worldplay she loved. Musically she was a geniuss, far more sophisticated than the hoaky folkie image she projected in thousands of gigs going back forty years, when we first met in Boston. She was also very practical and a sharp businessman and had the gift of being able to make dreams come true, which she did for me, enabling me to realized my dream of 40 years of getting my songs recorded. “Suitcase on the Loose” never would have happened without her. She had class but was also a gypsy (not that there aren’t classy gypsies). She was a devoted mother and sister and had this loyal cadre of friends going back to childhood in st. Sauveur who were almost like a cult following and ranged in age from teens to 70 year olds. She leaves a huge hole in my life and everybody she touched that will never be filled. Your work is done, Kate, but the music lives. You did good. undying love to you, Anna, Jane, Rufus Martha, and Archangelo, la valise .

  167. Sarah Protzman says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    When I was 8, I wanted to grow up to be Kate & Anna.

    I wrote them a fan letter that year, and had my dad hand-deliver it when he went to see their show.

    They both signed on the bottom of my letter, and Kate wrote, “Dear Sarah #1 Fan, You write better than my children, and they’re in high school.”

    Sorry, Martha and Rufus!

    I love you, McGarrigle family, and I will miss Kate always.

  168. Ruth Saltzman says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Oh…oh… Adieu cher Kate. Kate and Anna, your music has punctuated my entire adult life – I never missed a concert at the old Bottom Line in NYC. “What will I do when you are gone, My Dear.” I will hear your sweet voice and you will always be with me. To Anna, Jane, Rufus, Martha and all the family and dear friends: my condolences and deepest sympathy.

  169. Aussie fan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have great memories of your concert in Melbourne

  170. Sean Sudol says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Kate taught me that the log driver learns to step lightly while birling down lake waters. While I’m embarrased to say that I’ve never heard another song by her, The Log Driver’s Waltz will always be a favourite. Rest in peace.

  171. Gill says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Very sad news.

    Heartfelt condolences to Anna, Rufus, Martha and the rest of the McGarrigle/Wainwright clan.
    Thanks to Kate for her beautiful self and for her wonderful legacy of music.

  172. Will O says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So sorry to learn of Kate’s death – my sympathies to her children, to Anna, and to all her family and friends.

    With love (over and over) from Bonnie Scotland.

    Will O

  173. Ken Sternberg says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I was so deeply saddened to learn about Kate. The McGarrigle sisters have been a part of my life since I was a young kid. Your songs have meant and still mean so much to me. My heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to Anna and all of the family.

  174. Jean from Maastricht Netherlands says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    My wife and I are very sad. Her music was a part of our life. Our condoliances to her family.

  175. Hedvig says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Rest in peace dear Kate McGarrigle

    My heart is full of sorrow and my eyes of tears – but
    what a GIFT of lovely songs you and yours sister have given us all-
    through all the years !
    Till Eternerty I´ll be listening and remembering you !
    “Talk To Me Of Mendocino” – “Erev Shel Shoshanim” – “Proserpina”

    “”Beauty Mark”"

    Heaven is now ful of wonderful music, and
    You are the most beautiful and twinkling star in the sky

    You´ll be missed so much and never forgotten
    May God be with all your beloved ones

    Much Love
    Hedvig

  176. lagatta à montréal says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Partie entre la jeunesse et la sagesse, au milieu d’une grande chorale haïtienne.

    Un (autre) ami très cher est mort juste avant le séisme, et c’est ce que nous avons dit.
    J’habite pas loin de Lajeunesse (la rue) et me rends à une réunion d’une association de locataires qui s’occupe des problèmes évoqués dans la chanson.

    Où sont passées les plaines, les arbres à l’horizon
    Des voies ferrées entre deux pâtés de maisons
    Doucement les années nous ont subtilisé
    D’abord la joie, puis le désir de faire un choix

    Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse
    Il y a un arrêt de métro
    Deux dépanneurs, un bricoleur
    Une affiche de Brigitte Bardot
    Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse

    Nous sommes tous fils, filles, rejetons d’épiciers
    Nés un jour de solde, élevés à bon marché
    Nous sommes pauvres, mais nous sommes heureux ensemble
    Même si janvier souffle, et la charpente tremble

    C’est si beau d’ailleurs, faire l’amour avec toi
    Entre les carrés brisés et la mort aux rats
    Entre les cancrelats et le commissariat
    Ce serait si beau toutefois, ailleurs que chez soi

    Entre le misère et la sortie d’incendie
    Les tuyaux gelés, escaliers en fer forgé
    Entre le prieur et le sénateur
    Le crématoire et le compositeur

  177. Francois B says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Kate, tu m’as fait découvrir ta Sainte-Catherine et l’autre monde lorsque j’étais étudiant au secondaire dans ma Sainte Gaspésie natale. My tears will forever race and fill the Matapedia, my way home.

  178. Jim Gough says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    What sad news, because this is such a huge loss. Thank you Kate for all the great music. My condolences to the McGarrigle family. Closing my eyes, i hear the sea…..

  179. gazzacymru says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    My sincere condolences to Rufus,Martha, Anna and family.My memory of Kate at the RAH on the 9th December 2009 surrounded by the ones she loved will stay with me forever

  180. Simon Sheldon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    The world is a lesser place without Kate McGarrigle. To the whole McGarrigle Family our thoughts are with you. We have all been fortunate to have shared Kate and her beautiful music, for now when I listen now to her voice my pleasure will be tempered by the sadness that there will be no more.
    Kate your voice fills me still and will allways, you will never be forgoten, Thank you for a life lived and shared through music.

  181. Phil Madeira says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Anna, it was an immensely proud moment for me to get to play accordion with you and Kate (on piano) and Emmylou on Mendocino when we played n Montreal in October.

    This past Thursday when we were rehearsing for the Grand Ole Opry, Emmy got the call that Kate was slipping from this world, and we were all quite saddened by the news.

    This morning, I thought about “Sailing ‘Round the Room”…

    Blessings to you and yours-

    Phil Madeira
    Nashville

  182. paulette says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Sad…so sad.
    I’m a longtime fan and will playing CDS tonight and reminiscing.
    One of my trips to Ireland, I played the McGArrigles for about 1/2 of teh 3,500-4000 kilometres that I drove.
    Memories.
    Peace.

  183. Gerard says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Sorry to hesr of the death of Kate. She and her sister were part of my youth. I lived on my own in Rotterdam during the 70′s, trying to study. During the late hours at night I played records of Kate and Anne. I wish the family and friends all the strenght they need…….

  184. Ernest McLeod says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I, like so many McGarrigle fans, am incredibly saddened by the news of Kate’s passing. My condolences to the entire family and may the music live in your hearts. It’s been my pleasure over the years to see Kate and Anna performing together and with friends and family. I remember a show at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VT, a clan Christmas concert in Outrement, another accompanying Rufus in the St. Denis Theater, and, most recently, some divine songs with Emmylou this past autumn. As always, the sounds spoke to the heart in a uniquely direct and human way, and many lives were made fuller by the eternal songs. RIP, Kate, best wishes to you all.

  185. Scott Lahti says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Shortly before each of the two times I saw Kate and Anna in concert, at The Barns at Wolf Trap in 1995, and in Marquette, Michigan in 2003, in my dad’s onetime high school auditorium, an idle reverie found me wondering if they would soon be playing anywhere in my area. I had finally, round 1994, fallen, and fallen hard, for their utterly enchanting harmonies and lyrically wry and bittersweet takes on life and love, and was all over their catalog at once.

    At the Marquette show, Kate reminisced over the Bob Dylan concert she attended, and the thrill she felt when Bob spotted her among the line of after-crowd well-wishers, and told her he was a huge fan from way back.

    I have a feeling Bob was even more thrilled than Kate that day.

    You’ve come home, Kitty, at last, though forgive us your admirers for crowding your rest in thinking your truest home lies in the deepest sanctums of the souls of each of us blessed to have heard in your divine work sustained glimmers of one form of that beauty that redeems the sorrow that is its companion price. I delayed a planned move seven years ago by a week once I heard you and your beloved sister were due in town. In or out of the arena of art, I’m hard pressed to name another for whom such deference was due.

    *Requiescat in pace*, Kate, as our envy of those now about to discover you on both sides of the eternal stage gives way to rejoicing that you were among us these last 63 years.

  186. Margie Gillis says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Dearest All
    I have just heard and am so very deeply sadened by the loss, by Kate’s flight. I hold dear her beauty, her kickass strenght and honest grace, her ratient, haunting talent.
    hold you all in my heart, with such a sense of gratitude for knowing such a life.
    love
    Margie

  187. Rob and Jenny Smyth says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    We’re very sad to hear this news. We’ll have the music always, and happy memories of seeing Kate (with Anna and Jane) in 1986 and again when Kate, Anna, Rufus and Martha played in Melbourne in more recent times. A shining, original and irreplaceable person.

  188. Gordie Tufts says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Anna,Jane, Rufus, Martha, all Family and Friends:
    Peace is flowing like a River.
    Sue and I had the Joy of tubing past Anna and Kate on the Gaspereau river
    near Wolfville ,Nova Scotia in the mid 70′s, as they were swimming we exchanged
    hello and thank-you’s.It made the “swimming song” a warm memory.
    Later in life Martha hung out in our Record Shop and I told her this story.
    Tom M. a fine piano player once said Kate and Anna maybe would do a house concert in Titusville, New Brunswick, and I went into a dream.Anna and Kate’s
    dad had a connection to Saint John so I thought, who knows ? Anna, I still dream. Your live shows to me made pure magic and will always be with me.
    At the Record Shop I’ll put up the promo poster I had matted years ago for “Love over and over”. I’ll play and order your cd’s till the cows come home.

  189. Andrew Walker says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    One late night in College in 1976 I turned on Saturday Night Live and there was Kate at the piano. I am so indebted to all of you for your songs and your wisdom and your humor and the love and light you have shared with the world. Words can’t express my gratitude or my sorrow or the insight and joy your music has and will always bring. We have all been so fortunate to have you in our lives.

    For I’ll walk, crying alone,
    I’ll walk, crying alone.

    And we’re goin’ home to Canada
    To La Beauce, our beautiful country
    We’ll take the new train from Nashua
    Our pockets filled with American money.

  190. Nancy Mattson says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Dear Anna, Martha, Rufus and all the family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you sing your dear Kate to her rest and continue to honour, love and remember her always.

    From the Students’ Union Building in Edmonton, Alberta, where I first saw Kate & Anna performing with goofy naturalness and upbeat brilliance (what year was that? 1970s or 80s?) to Union Chapel on Upper Street in Islington, London, I have loved and relished your music.

    Hearts and knees may be bruised, wheels may be bent, but to Kate & Anna’s music we can keep on dancing… and swimming: “Last summer I did the backstroke, and you know that that’s not all, I did the breastroke and the butterfly and the old Australian crawl, yeah”…. and walking: “Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together, baring our souls while wearing out the leather?”

    Thanks for the songs for every phase of my life. And thanks for posting “Proserpina” — what an amazing new mother-daughter song.

    Au revoir, merci, fare thee well, God bless.

  191. Thomas says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful music, which has inspired me, gave me pleasure, joy and tears.
    Sincere condolences to all the familiy from Germany.

  192. Katie W says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I was absolutely heartbroken to hear the news this morning of Kate’s passing. As a girl growing up in Montreal I was exposed to a lot of McGarrigle music through my mum and was so proud to have you both as our local treasure. I’ve always felt such a deep sense of family love between you all which makes Kate’s death all the more wrenching. My most heartfelt condolences and love to you all, you’re in my thoughts <3

  193. Lynda says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    My love to you all at this sad time. Anna yours and Kate’s music has been with me since your first albums and my children are just a bit younger than Rufus and Martha, my heart goes out to them and all of you.
    Kate will be there wherever your music is played.

  194. Shane Percy says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I first bought a McGarrigle CD when i found out that they wrote ‘Heartbeats Accelerating.’ I was blown away by the purity of the music, so emotional and raw yet so beautiful. I will listen to Kate for the rest of my life.

    Thank you Kate, you will be missed. You’re a Canadian icon.

    Shane Percy
    Toronto

  195. Matt Rogalsky says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks Kate, and best wishes to all of the McGarrigle clan.

  196. Brenda C says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I was so sad when I heard the news this morning , It is truly a great loss. “First Born Son” has stayed with me since my son was born and the lyrics I’ve put into his baby book. I have always felt at home with your music. My sincere condolences to your family.

  197. Mike Gaffney says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Deeply saddened to hear this news. A wonderful light has gone out but the music Kate made will shine on forever. With my sincerest condolences to her family and friends. She was and will always be cherished by many

  198. Marie de Montréal says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Kate, votre voix vibrera longtemps, longtemps, longtemps sur la Ste-Catherine et dans nos coeurs. Vous nous avez fait honneur partout où vous etes allée dans le monde, Kate.

    J’offre mes plus sincères condoléances à Rufus, Martha, Anna et Jane ainsi qu’à tous ses proches. R I P

  199. Jack Gielen, Netherlands says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Have been listening McGarrigle music since the seventies. Beautiful and unique their music, angelic and fragile their voices, unbelievebly perfect their harmonies, so completely different from average the melodies, unheard unique the arrangements, great taste in the choice of musical instruments! After hearing the bad news I drowned myself in McGarrigle music for hours while writing this message and put Kate’s picture on my desk top. Kate McGarrigle, sing with the angels ……….!

  200. Claude Rochon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Irremplacable Kate…

    petite perle d’Art et d’Âme sur une petite planète…

    sur laquelle je reste derrière avec le souvenir de ton passage ici…

    souvenir de toi qui maintenant vogue à bord de ton Âme Musicale et Immortelle, vers ces lieux dans l’univers où
    le Jam ne cesse Jamais…

    tu laisses tes proches derrière mais je sais que ton Soul ne les quittera
    Jamais…

    je leurs envoie Joie et Demeure.

    mes Sympathies…mes Condoléances…
    mon Amour.

  201. Cheryl says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I was so sad when I read on the NPR website tonight of Kate’s death. I have loved Kate and Anna’s music for many, many years. I regret that I never saw them in concert. My heart goes out to her family as her loss must be so very difficult. I will enjoy her voice always. (Listening to “Go Leave” now….)

  202. Michel Bourdon says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Je suis triste depuis ce matin. Vous allez nous manquer. Je vous ai vu plusieurs fois en spectacle depuis les années 70. Chaque fois j’ai été remué par votre façon émotive de chanter. Votre simplicité en spectacle nous laissait croire que nous étions invité dans votre salon pour partager ces merveilleux moments musicaux. Puis les enfants ont grandi avec votre génération et la famille devenait notre famille. Merci pour ses instants de bonheur. Toutes mes sympathies à Anna, Jane, Rufus et Martha, je vous aime et continuerai de vous écouter jusqu’à la fin de mes jours.

  203. Gloria says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I was stunned today to hear of Kate’s untimely passing. My husband and I have been listening to the McGarrigles’ since the first record which is in a box in the basement. We have watched the children grow into talented musicians and we have watched ourselves age along with you.

    The only time we got to see you perform was at The Barns of Wolf Trap in November 2001. You said you came down to cheer us up and you were successful. You were full of life and fun. It will remain a treasured memory.

    To your extended family please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    To Kate “Your little soul’s gonna shine like a star”.

    Gloria S.
    Centreville, VA

  204. Bob Lee, California says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I just heard about Kate a few minutes ago, and I’m so saddened by the news. We all will miss her terribly. Blessings to a beautiful songstress from a beautiful family.

  205. Daniel says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Merci pour cette merveilleuse musique , Kate.
    Bon repos.

  206. Dave says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Kate’s passing. She lives on through music!!!!!!!

  207. David says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Condolences to the entire family. Those of us with close-knit families identify with the bonds of kinship that are so evident in your music. Although we have never met, you are next of kin and losing brilliant Kate is the loss of a cherished member of the family. I am heartbroken with you.

    David

    Philadelphia

  208. Margaret and Ian says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    We are gutted by the news. Fond memories of your concerts at Convocation Hall here in Toronto.
    Lean on each other, you are not alone.
    Thank you for the memories……..our love to you all, a lovely family indeed.

  209. Simon Law says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I always felt you both were angels…well sung like them anyway!!! Well Kate is with them now for sure and I feel her seat in the heavenly choir was reserved many many moons ago!! God rest your soul Kate McGarrigle….you brought such joy and light to us all and will continue to….all that glorious music is waiting to be discovered by each generation . Shanti Shanti Shanti.

  210. Brian Deignan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the entire McGarrigle/Wainwright family, but especially to Anna and Jane since we knew the sisters first. I have heard Kate & Anna sing in Toronto, Massachussetts, San Francisco and, many,many years ago on the porch at 21 Dobie. Please know that you have the love and sympathy of all of us remaining Deignans. The following poem by Don McKay says everything to me about the beauty and wonder that was Kate singing.

    Wings of Song – Don Mcay:
    And because we aren’t gods,
    or close to gods,
    we sing. Your breath steps
    boldly into lift to feel that other breath
    breathing inside it: Summertime, Amazing Grace.

    And when it stops
    you sense that something fold back
    into air to leave you listening,
    lonely as a post. Shall we call this ange
    Shall we call it animal, or elf? Most of us
    are happy with a brief
    companionable ghost who joins us in the shower or
    behind the wheel. Blue Moon, Hound Dog, Life
    Is Like a Mountain Railroad. hen your voice
    decides to quit its day job, which is mostly
    door-to-door, to take its little sack of sounds
    and pour them into darkness, with its
    unembodied barks and murmurs, its refusal
    to name names, its disregard for sentences,
    for getting there on time,
    or getting there,
    or getting.
    ———————
    With deep respect,
    Brian, Carole, Gail, Johane, Pascal, Veronnique Deignan

  211. Sylvain Ménard says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Merci beaucoup, superbe dame.

  212. Ken Harten says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I am mourning the loss of a very unique talent that brought much joy into my life with her music. That seems very selfish and it is but I wish to acknowledge the deep loss that Kate’s family and close friends must be feeling at this time. I was only a fan but have followed the McGarrigle sisters career since their first record. I brought my children to their concerts. We all loved their music and will continue to do so. May her children continue to be creative and honour her with their own musical career paths. Gabby and Kate would be proud.
    I am sorrowful tonight but I will listen to cds and smile and remember the wonderful times I enjoyed listening to Kate & Anna (once with Jane in attendance too)in concert and know that many,many people are sending their condolences. It is so unCanadian to have public displays of emotion but for once all Canadians and fans everywhere can try to convey to you, her family how much we loved the music you gave us and that we are thinking of you now in your time of sorrow.

  213. Claire Tufts says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about kates passing! She sounded like a awesome girl! Even though im 11 years old and i didnt know her my dad told me lots about her and i heard her music and she sounds fantastic! When someone dies theres a part of my heart that suddenly just dropes. Rest In Peace The One And Only Kate McGarrigle.

  214. David Livingstone says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Dear Anna, Jane, Rufus and Martha
    I consider myself a lucky man to have been in the company of Kate McGarrigle.
    I don’t remember when the first time was exactly. I was doing a story for Chatelaine. Jane was managing, Anna came in from the country, the kids were small, the fireplace was full of banjos.
    And others: at the Junos, when Rufus was nominated for a soundtrack; when Rufus’first album came out and Kate’s toenails were painted blue; going into the Anna Sui show where Rufus was on the catwalk. The last, at the reception following the second Judy at Carnegie Hall concert.
    I treasure every memory of Kate and you, her family, like it was a prize.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely
    David Livingstone

  215. walter crump says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Its both moving and difficult to look at the beautiful picture of a radiant Kate McGarrigle posted on this site–difficult because its hard to accept that someone so remarkable, talented and filled with life could be taken away from her beloved family. I feel very fortunate to have seen Kate, Anna and Martha at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco 4 or 5 years ago. It was a concert that I will never forget–nor will we forget Kate’s beautiful songs, voice and harmonies–music that is above all unique. Indeed, no one makes music quite like Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Naturally, despite Kate’s passing, with songs like \Talk to Me of Mendocino,\ \Come a Long Way\ and countless others, Kate will be with us forever! My heart goes out to her family.

  216. Paolo Damiani says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I’m deeply saddened to read of your loss. The world is a less wondrous place without her and yet still a wonderful place for the gifts she left us.

    I am indebted to both Kate and Anna for all the joy your music has brought to me.

    I send my metta to the entire family.

    Paolo

  217. Tom says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Au revoir, the sound of you will live in so many hearts for so long as we have music in the world.

  218. hannah says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    To the entire McGarrigle family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Kate with all of us and allowing us to make such wonderful memories. I think they’re singing in heaven tonight.

  219. nancy says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Sleep in heavenly peace, Kate McGarrigle. Condolences to the family.

  220. Cat says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for all the music, Kate — goodbye!

  221. Simon Thibault says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Dear Anna, Rufus, Martha, Loudon and family.

    I didn’t know your sister, mother, wife.

    I knew her voice.

    And all I know, is that right now, I am misty-eyed about the death of a woman I did not know. Today, when I saw the photo of Kate, I had chills down my spine. Chills. I tried to understand why the death of a woman I never even met affected me.

    It’s because of the voice.

    Kate’s voice, so open, honest, selfless and heartfelt, moved me.

    And moves me to tears now.

    The first time I heard Kate sing, I didn’t even know who she was. I have memories of sitting in front of a large floor model television – VHF & UHF – and watching “The Log Driver’s Waltz”. It was the very early 80’s and a small NFB vignette, with an earworm for a hook, would mark many people of my generation:

    “Do you remember that old cartoon? You know, the one that would play at the end of television shows, usually on the CBC?”

    In 1999, I was taking care of a friend’s apartment while he was away. I had quite recently broken up with someone – my first real relatonship – and so I spent a lot of time alone in that apartment nursing my wounds. It was the summer and the apartment had a beautiful solarium that overlooked the neighbour’s small garden. I’d sit at the wooden table in the solarium reading, writing and listening to the few CD’s my friend had left behind.

    One of them was The McGarrigle Hour.

    The CD had been left in the player, so it was the first thing I heard in that apartment.

    I pressed play.

    Here were these two voices, one slightly husky, the other light and airy.

    I listened to that album over and over during the ten days I spent in that apartment. On the last day, I went out and bought a copy of the album.

    That album went everywhere with me. It went with me on car trips. It went with me when I went to visit my parents. It made frequent rotations on the CD player when I hosted my own radio show on a campus station.

    I introduced my sister to the album. It wasn’t the type of album she would normally listen to, but I told her she should listen to it. It stuck with her as well.

    I bought more albums. My sister and I talked about Montreal when we listened to “Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine”. I would find myself humming “Perrine etait servante”, without even knowing it. When my sister got married, we all danced to “La porte en arriere”.

    When you came to Halifax a couple years ago, my sister and I got free tickets through a friend of mine.

    One of my favorite moments of the show was when Kate, Anna and all of the musicians stood up and sang, “Dig My Grave”.

    Go and dig my grave
    Both long and narrow
    Make my coffin
    Neat and strong

    My sister and I smiled, as this was one of our favourites. The voices carried out, over the half empty seats, defying death, even as it called for it.

    And my little soul’s
    Gonna shine like a star
    And my little soul’s
    Gonna shine like a star
    bound for cavalry.

    It was only last year, as I was talking to a friend of mine , that I found the connection between my very cherished childhood memory and the McGarrigles. I found a pixelated video of the NFB vignette on YouTube and watched it. Over and over again. I showed it to anyone and everyone who remembered it, and introduced it to others who didn’t.

    Last month, I discovered the NFB website, and found, to my great joy, that the Log Driver’s Waltz could be find on the website. I watched it all over again. Every time I did, I could remember myself reaching up to turn the volume knob on the old floor model television set.

    And then today, my sister sent me an email. Telling me that Kate had passed away. The text of the email was nothing more than a link to her obit, a CBC news story, and an exclamation mark next to the link, marking its importance.

    I suddently felt deeply saddened. And this puzzled me. Kate McGarrigle was no more. Why did I care? At one point in the day, I came across a picture of a very young Kate, smiling, and I felt a chill. I felt a chill for a woman I had never met. A woman I only knew as a childhood memory. A song.

    *

    When I got home, I dug through my CDs to find my copy of The McGarrigle Hour. The first song I played was “What’ll I do”, the Irving Berlin cover.

    What’ll I do
    When you are far away
    And I am blue
    What’ll I do.

    The first time I heard this song was in that apartment where I house-sat. I remember reading in the liner notes that when your mother died in 1994, that you had sung this song at her funeral and how you recorded the song for the album in one take. Kate, Loudon, Rufus, Martha. The notes described how the family “who had never sat down to a Christmas turkey together, let alone sing a song”, came together to sing this song. And it is wondrous.

    Part of me imagines them singing this song, all over again.

    I only wish they didn’t have to.

  222. Dana says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    What a loss for you all and for us but she left such a legacy. Not just her music and memories but two wildly talented children to carry on.
    Thank you for gifts and for sharing them with your audience.

  223. Jean Dussault says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Kate tu vis éternellement, dans la beauté que tu as créée. Merci. je joue tes chansons au piano toute la soirée, avec une chandelle pour toi ~

  224. Patricia says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Au revoir chère Kate! Merci pour toute la musique partagée au fil des années et merci pour ces si beaux enfants, si talentueux qui aujourd’hui me touchent à leur tour. À vous, Rufus, Martha et toute la famille de sang et de coeur, j’offre toute ma sympathie…

  225. Amy says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    To the McGarrigle family,I send my condolences. Nothing has ever sounded as beautiful as the two sisters singing, and nothing ever will. I am so glad I saw her at Pete Seeger’s birthday celebration. We will all miss you Kate.

  226. Alison says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    In the early 1980′s, I fell in love with a woman who played your music.

    We’re still in love, still in Toronto, and still listening to your songs about the most important things in life.

    Thanks for the narrative and the lyrics that make beauty and meaning present.

  227. Shell says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    My condolences to the entire McGarrigle family. “Love Over and Over” is one of the prettiest songs ever. I thank you for the music and for letting me know your spirit. God bless.

  228. Sylvie says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Kate, c’est du talent mais aussi la compréhension de l’expression artistique unique – pas de censure, une voix unique, l’émotion pure avant les notes justes. C’est une musique pour moi qui contient la vie. Et cette vie vivra à jamais, sur la Ste-Catherine et dans la célébration d’une signature immortelle. Longue vie à Kate.

  229. Yvette says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Je vous avais découvertes, Kate et Anna, un soir de spectacle à la fin des années 70… Vous étiez arrivées assez en retard car vous aviez aidé une amie… à accoucher! Loin de vous en vouloir de ce retard, ce fût un grand bonheur que j’ai vécu ce soir-là. J’avais découvert deux filles très colorées et complètement amoureuses de la vie… Et toutes ces années n’ont jamais démenties qui vous étiez. Aurevoir Kate, bon voyage et merci… Anna, bon courage… Mes sympathies à toute la famille…

  230. Serge says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Kate était un ange! Sa musique et sa voix m’ont accompagné depuis tant d’années. Repose en paix, Kate! Je suis triste pour toute la famille et je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances. Avec toute la gratitude du Québec!

  231. Rebecca Baugniet says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  232. Michelle Déry says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Mes sincères condoléances à Rufus, Martha, Anna, Jane et à leur famille.

    Since I am a RWMB member, for several days I was aware of Kate’s critical condition but was nevertheless hoping she will recorver shortly. I am deeply moved by what you are going through, dear Rufus, and wish you good luck, send you good vibes and thank Jörn and Brad in advance for their support.

    Love,

    Mimi

  233. Ginette says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Au revoir Kate… merci!

  234. Mark E says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    My very first concert was Kate and Anna in Cork, Ireland in the mid seventies and I’ve loved every note you have recorded since. Thank you for the gift of your music. RIP Kate and condolences to all the family.

  235. DC Cardwell says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear the news about Kate’s passing. I bought Kate & Anna’s first glorious album when it came out and immediately fell in love with them. My son has also recently discovered them for himself. My deep condolences. God bless her friends and family.

  236. Paul Busch says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    My tears are rolling down my face as I re-visit the music. Sadness yes, but joy in the everlasting presence she and you, Anna, have brought to my life. From folk festivals in America to seeing you in Sydney for the Leonard Cohen tribute.
    So many roads….
    Peace to all.Love to All.

  237. Anne Marie says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Shortly after moving to Ottawa in ’79, I soon became a single mother of two and struggled to find my voice as an artist while just getting by.. Kate was a year older than I and seemed to be struggling with similar issues. Kate and Anna’s brilliant music became part of our lives, and the heart felt lyrics often carried me through the darker times. Thank you
    My sincere condolences to all the family for your loss..

  238. DrBOP says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    How many times during the 1970s did I lay back on some precious Canadian ground and let my heart and soul soar to the heavens listening to your voices ring out over Mariposa/Blue Skies/Vancouver/Winnipeg/Etc folk festivals? Even at this sorrowful time, remembering those times still brings an unbelievable joy….and yet….tonight….my heart feels like a wheel….
    ….Love to all the family and friends….Always Love.

  239. Denis Courville says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Ce soir j’ai le coeur brisé et à la dérive face aux nouvelles de ton départ. Je prenais un réconfort à savoir que vous étiez tous là, à créé, en famille et individuellement. J’aurais aimé te dire l’importance de votre musique et poésie dans nos vies. Merci. Je continuerai à demeurer entièrement dévoué au clan McGarrigle. Je vous offre mes plus profondes sympathies.

  240. Tom K says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I first became of Kate and Anna’s music when a college roommate lent me a copy of the Linda Ronstadt album, “Heart Like A Wheel,” and I felt compelled to find more of Kate’s wonderful music. I realized that I had found a real treasure and Kate and Anna’s music was background to many of my own life’s event. When I went to Mendicino on my honeymoon, the song was often on my lips sung to my wife. From LPs to CDs to MP3s, your music was never very far away. Like the many people who have already written here, I am uncertain why I am so moved by Kate’s passing, only that I am. You will be missed.

  241. Chris says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for letting love be complicated in your songs, Kate.

  242. Sue says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Kate and Anna, you threw me deeply into love with my country, you coaxed me through my punk rock years, you made me understand what family feels like, you helped me cry with sadness and with joy when nobody else could. I’ve never met you but I need you to know that your presence in my life has been profound and grounding like no other. You are my Canadian psyche and romance and I thank you both.

    Kate, you are still singing, you’ll always be still singing and it will always be beautiful.

    Anna, Thank you for everything you and Kate have given me and all the strangers who felt your songs as much as they heard them.

    Rufus and Martha, I am so sorry for your loss. Please,keep singing, keep reminding us of the beauty, the creativity, the passion, the love that came with every note your mother sang and recorded.

    I can’t cry at funerals for friends and family but I’m crying tonight. I have never met Kate but already I miss her deeply. My heart goes out to all of you. Take care.

  243. Scot & Tommy says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    To the McGarrigle/Wainwright family –
    Here on earth, a candle extinguished
    The stars above welcome a new, brightly shining star
    To shine down on us
    To protect us and guide us
    And to comfort us in our darkest moments
    And let us know that all will be alright

    Sharing your sorrow -
    Much love,
    Scot & Tommy

  244. Susan says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I’m happy to have had so many years of such wonderful music. My deepest condolences to you all.

  245. Carol in VA says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    My introduction to the music of the McGarrigles was special – although at the time I did not fully appreciate what unique company I was in.

    Many years ago – back in the mid-70s in Montreal, our apartment neighbour was Wade Hemsworth. We were invited to share some company, food and enjoy a bit of music. Not only did I hear for the first time Blackfly, from Wade himself, but was then introduced by him to songs of Anna and Kate, then unknown to me.

    After that intro, the harmonies and works of Anna and Kate became part of music enjoyed many times thereafter – Swimming, Perrine était servante, and Kitty from the early works always come to mind. As an expat hearing many of Kate’s and Anna’s works brings memories of Quebec back in an instant.

    Thank you Kate for the lovely music and sounds of life in its many phases.

  246. Tanya says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    What a sad day. My condolences to Rufus, Martha, Anna, Jane and family.
    I have had the pleasure of seeing Kate perform as well as meeting her on many occasions. She was always so warm and gracious.

    Thank you Kate for your music.
    Thank you Kate for giving us Rufus.
    Thank you Kate for giving us Martha

    You will be forever missed but never forgotten
    xxx

  247. Gaétane & Marcel says:

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    C’est avec une immense tristesse que nous apprenons cette nouvelle.

    Sachez que nous partageons votre peine.

    Merci Kate pour cette merveilleuse musique.

    Nous ne t’oublierons jamais.

    Love from Québec City

  248. Sylvia Gale says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Such beauty, such sadness. Kate and Anna were the soundtrack for my childhood, one of the few things (plus Gilberto Gil) that my mom and dad still had in common. I have come back to you again and again over the years. I courted my husband with “Heart Like a Wheel” (I didn’t even hear it as a sad song; it was the welling-up fullness I wanted to share) and am now passing on your rich music to my sweet toddling son.

    Thank you for the immeasurable, bountiful gifts.

    Sylvia
    Richmond, Virginia

  249. JAMES DYLAN RIVIS says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    About 3 hours south of Montreal here in Montpelier, I was devastated to hear that Kate has died. I am totally saddened and tears flowed. How absolutely awful. My love to Rufus and Martha and especially to Anna.

    \Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together, bearing our souls while wearing out the leather…..\. How many times have I sung this song, I’ve even courted with it as,to me, it expresses the whole essence of friendship.

    We take people way, way too much for granted. Ever since seeing Kate and Anna at one of those halcyon days at the real Mariposa Folk Festival on the Toronto Islands and subsequent concerts in the 1970′s, they both went immediately into my special memory place where I store those essential life forces that I can draw on when all else fails.

    I’m going to have another lonely spot in my memory but when I feel it I’ll sing out \Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together..\ ….and I’ll get my closest friend and go for a walk along one of our maple lined backroads, especially in the fall, when the geese fly down, honking overhead and I’ll think…that’s Kate calling down across the border from her beloved Québec and reminding me of where home is.

    Bless you, dear Kate..and thankyou…

    James Dylan Rivis (Ex TO) in Vermont.

  250. daniel says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    The other-worldly harmonies of Kate and Anna have been a part of my life forever. Feels like a part of me has died as well.
    Peace to Kate, and condoleances to all of her family. The world is a measurably poorer, darker place today.

  251. Tom says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I’d like to thank the people who left their thoughts here today. When I heard this news I felt alone in my sorrow and this community helped. And my thanks to the sisters who have enriched a large part of my life with their art and heart. My deepest sympathies.

  252. Pol Dominic McCann says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    ‘Love Over and Over’ was the album that was the soundtrack to my life in 1985. It was an album that I also sent to my mother, knowing she would love the melodies, the humour of ‘Move over Moon’, and the sadness of ‘I’ve had Enough’.

    “It’s time for my new day to begin
    So Move over Moon”

    It was an honour to have you both in my heart that year, and beyond.

  253. Lynn says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely woman whose music I had enjoyed for so long when she was in Ottawa with in 2008. She was as lovely and gracious as her music and almost surprised that I was so thrilled to meet her. Rest in Peace Kate your soul and music will nourish us all for years to come. For her family, my thoughts and prayers are with you

  254. TimG says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Kitty Come Home.

    I love you Ms. Mac. I’ll see you in the stars.

  255. Larry White says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    My heart goes out to you in your time of loss. Be joyous that you had the time with her that you did, and cherish how she touched your lives. My Mom’s been gone for almost 30 years, and my heart still aches a little.

  256. Kathy says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    My heart breaks for you . . . such a great loss.

  257. Doug MacKenzie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Dear Anna and the whole McGarrigle family,

    Words cannot express the sorrow in my heart at the passing of our musical sister, Kate. I first saw her at the Caffe Lena in, oh, the early ’70s, and have bbeen besotted with her music ever since that night.

    May the thoughts of so many, who loved her from afar, help console you through this time of deep loss and suffering.

    The world is truly a dimmer place place without her light, and though Heaven is enriched and brightened by her arrival, we all mourn her departure and keen in our souls for those she left behind.

    May God bless you all and comfort you during this most trying and difficult time. My heart will never beat the same, agin.

  258. Teresa Joy says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Had not heard a thing about her illness nor death, just decided to look up and see what 2 of my most beloved artists were creating.Then I see today, wow, she is passed.coincidence?
    Spirit is real, believe it.The healing that Kate gave to others through her gift of music will only bring incredible new experiences to her soul. You will see her again. Peace to you all,family and fans alike, with much gratitude, Teresa Joy

  259. Leonard says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I first saw Kate and Anna at McGill University in Montreal when they were with the Mountain City Four, and I have remained a loyal fan for more than 45 years. With the group they were great, but on their own, remarkable. My favorite song of Kate’s is “Talk to Me of Mendocino”, on the McGarrigle Hour. Kate will be greatly missed. My condolences to all who loved her and loved her music.

  260. Jim Thomas says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    The most achingly beautiful harmonies every recorded. Thank you.

  261. Tamara says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    The first song I ever heard by Kate and Anna was “Dancer with Bruised Knees.” My cup would have been full with that alone, but then I discovered the French songs, contemporary and traditional. and then so many others. The 2005 Christmas show at Carnegie Hall is a magical musical memory of celestial harmonies I will always treasure. Thank you, Kate, for the gift of your voice and your songs as you passed through this world. You are, and will be, sorely missed. Deepest condoleances to the McGarrigle/Wainwright family. Music lovers everywhere mourn with you.

  262. Dérik Granz says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    R.I.P., Dear Kate. You’ll be missed.

    God Bless You!!!

  263. Nuno says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Au revoir Kate et merci pour la Beauté.

  264. Joe says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Entre Lajeunesse.

    The buddist believe that musicians, true musicians and on their last journey
    in the cycle of reincarnation. As I do Believe, so we Will all sing again
    in joyous harmony, till then Ms Kate

  265. Geoffrey Forman says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I’m sure you won’t remember me. But I ran the visa’s for your US tour many moons ago. What was supposed to be a simple case of running the papers across the street became a nightmare thanks to the Reagan Administration. We had to prove that you were not putting anyone out of work. One would think that all one would have to do is hear two notes of your to understand how truly unique Kate and Anna’s music was (and still is). The performance in Philadelphia was truly a magical night for me. The openness and love the music brought, was extended to me after the concert. This is a memory which I hold dear and close to my heart. Thank you Kate and Anna.

  266. Axel says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Dazed all day. Hugs, friend.

  267. Brian Bolan says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    How truly saddening it was to hear of the passing of
    Kate. The rich bounty of material she has left behind
    is a gift to us. The hole that it has left in your
    family can not be measured. I wish to express my
    deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time.
    Kate will be missed!

  268. John McNeill says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I’m so sad to hear the passing of Kate, and my prayers go out to all the family. I discovered Kate and Anna’s music back in college in the 90′s. Kate’s songs are like great literature or art, and they really have enriched anyone’s lives that heard them.

  269. Jeanine Daynes says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    My heartfelt condolences to the McGarrigle/Wainwright family. Kate and Anna’s music has been a part of my life for most of my life and it’s hard to think we won’t have more of their divine music. Thank you for all of the beauty you’ve brought into the world. You will be sorely missed.

    Give me your hand for the parting touch
    Fare thee well and thanks a lot.

  270. Tricia Clark says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    The McGarrigles have been part of our music since 1977 – and we were lucky enough to seen Kate & Anna and Rufus and Martha when they came to Sydney. Flew across Australia to seem them. A magical night. Thank you for all the memories not only to my family but the many people with whom you shared your music. Condolences to Anna, Rufus and Martha

  271. Jack Kanter says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    As I stood at my job today, my thoughts and prayers went out to the entire McGarrigle family and thought of how you all must feel on this dreaded day and the tears welled up in my eyes. Canada and indeed the world has not only lost a national treasure, but an esteemed connoisseur of great music who has passed her taste and sensibility to her children. As I continue to listen to her recorded legacy, I am still awestruck by the sheer artistry and unique beauty of these sisters’ blend of voices. I do hope that the turbulence of the past is water that passed under the bridge long ago and even LWIII himself is there supporting his family in their ultimate time of need. We the fans and admirers will never forget you and always hold you dear in our broken hearts.

  272. Patrick says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I’ve seen Kate one time live, a little more than one year ago, in Quebec City, as she joined Martha on stage at the Palais Montcalm. The memory of her at the piano, so strong and so pure at the same time, the sound of her voice, those words and this incredible feeling of warmth and brotherhood that seemed to follow her everywhere she went is something I won’t, and don’t want to forget. On that december night, the last boundary that was keeping me from falling in love with those sisters I was discovering a little more everyday simply vanished.

    Here’s a poem I wrote today as the hours went by. Those are only words, but I find it comforting to think that those little things, songs, poems, can bring us all together in a world that too easily divides us and that’s exactly what you did, and will continue to do, Kate : bring us together. Thanks for that, and my condolences to Anna, Jane, Rufus and Martha. Love.

    Ce sont toujours les meilleurs
    qui s’en vont en premier
    sont toujours les adages
    qui nous pèlent le coeur
    toujours les visages
    en étoiles du berger
    qui nous mènent aux églises
    cachées au creux des heures
    remplies de femmes et d’hommes
    de mots culs et chemises
    et de guitares très douces
    de mélodies qui poussent
    et courent te faire une fleur
    oui, ton corps pique un somme
    mais il n’y a pas d’absence

  273. Gruffydd says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I feel like a part of me has been torn out. Condolences to all of the extended family, I can’t imagine your loss. Kate, thank you for the many, many hours of joy you, and Anna, gave me. I always wanted to see a live performance but our paths never crossed and I am all the poorer for that.

  274. ScottyA says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    My thoughts are with you Rufus, Anna and Martha at this sad time.

    Her music will live on.

    From Australia
    Scott

  275. Capt. Mike says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I loved playing K & A songs when I had my college radio show. I still love playing them when sailing on Long Island Sound or at anchor on my IPOD. Though I will listen to them with a little sadness now that Kate is gone. But, her music will live on as we must live on too to enjoy each and everyday.

  276. Sue says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    So sad to hear of Kate’s passing. I have grown up listening to the Mc Garrigle’s music. A concert in my hometown of Melbourne will always be a fond memory.

  277. Frank DELBEKE says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Dear Ann
    Dear family,

    What a sad news .. Kate’sc heart will always be heard in the unforgettable and eternal songs she wrote and sang..

  278. G.E. says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Goodbye and farewell. I’m so saddened. Thank you for having graced our lives.

  279. Kent Jones says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Oh, what sad news…

    When I think of all the hours and days of my life I’ve passed with her music in my head. That glorious music, like rays of light hitting you through stained glass.

    Goodbye, and thank you.

  280. Lee says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:41 am

    French Canadian beauty heart personified. I’ll be able to listen to “Go Leave” again one day, but not tonight.

  281. Jon Gothold says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Dear Anna and family-

    I was very saddened to hear the news of Kate’s passing today. I have followed your work since the 70′s, and my wife and I were both big fans. Living in Southern California seemed to mean that live appearances by you were few and far between in our neck of the woods, but I still remember very fondly the night we saw you at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano back in 1990. It still remains one of my very favorite concert experiences.

    Kate’s passing has an additional personal significance for me. I lost my beautiful wife of 27 years back in September, also from an uncommon form of cancer. Like Kate, she was born in 1946, was a mother, a wife and a grandmother. She was also an incredibly talented artist, although her chosen field was painting and assemblage as opposed to music. Her journals (all 126 of them) reside in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. You can see her work out at http://www.janicelowry.com.

    She and Kate were both taken from us far too soon, and leave large gaping holes in two very remarkable families. My deepest sympathy and very best wishes go out to all of you. I feel your pain very much.

    A grateful fan,

    Jon

  282. Jonathan says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Watched The McGarrigle Hour for the umpteenth joyous time a few weeks ago…and now the circle is broken. Thanks for the music, Kate. You will be missed, and from Mendocino to Montreal you’re still rising with the sun.

    All my sympathy to Anna and family. Cool river, wash our tears away.

  283. John says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:49 am

    My deepest condolences to the family. Sad beyond words, I will remember Kate through the heartbreakingly beautiful music she gave to the world.

  284. nina e. says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:54 am

    She (and Anna) was some kind of wonderful. So much heart-rending sound, a pitch and harmony that my very-alert-to-talent lovebird, Dieter and I adored. A life well lived….and an incredible legacy in her music and offspring – Rufus and Martha that she leaves behind….Blessings to you all.

  285. Lindsay says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Terribly sad to hear of Kate’s passing. Her music will always be a joy to listen to.

  286. Steve Edwards says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:09 am

    So very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Your album, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, will always be a favourite of mine.
    Will play a track & a tribute on my radio show.
    Love to all.

    Steve Edwards, 103 The Eye.

  287. C. Richardson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Many thanks to Kate for the music she shared with us in her journey.
    Rest In Peace

  288. Mickey and Sarah Martin McConnell says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Gee whiz. Love,love, love.

  289. Tim Allan says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Condolences from Nagasaki, Japan. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about this terrible loss. I just realized counting up the years that I have been a fan for most of my life, and will continue to be one for the rest of it, I’m sure. We played “Heart Like A Wheel” as one of the songs in our wedding reception years ago in Japan…still not certain how to tell this news to my better half later today. Gone too soon, and thank you, Kate.

  290. Sam says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:36 am

    With deepest sympathy, with our prayers, and with thanks for sharing your music with us all these many years.

  291. Jeff Smith says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I and many others, were deeply saddened to hear about your loss.

    We take comfort and strength that the music Kate, you and your amazing family have made will live on forever and continue to lift the spirits of all who are lucky enough to hear it.

  292. Steven says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I was at work when I heard the news and had to hold in the tears. They fall now at home as I listen to Kate’s voice with Anna’s, entwined like the briar and the rose.

    I saw Kate & Anna perform twice, both times in San Francisco. The first time was at Wolfgang’s in 1984. That night, Kate was having a blast showing off her new waveish haircut and jamming on what Anna wryly called “Kate’s kitchen appliances” – synthesizers. The second time was at the Palace of Fine Arts in 1997, with Linda Ronstadt adding her glorious voice to the gorgeous mayhem. Kate’s hair (back to the classic, longish ‘do) was again a topic of discussion, but on this night it was not a happy subject. Kate kept batting at her hair, as though it was attacking her, while muttering frustrated oaths. At one point, Anna half-whispered to Kate, “Are you all right?” It was a question both concerned and teasing, and gave a glimpse into their deep, sisterly affection.

    A few of the songs are famous, but more people need to know about them. A tribute record, perhaps, to introduce this beautiful music to the masses – and to raise funds for Kate’s charity?

    Love to Anna, Jane, Martha, Rufus and the rest of the beautiful tribe.

  293. Trefor Patten says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:54 am

    The world is a sadder place for losing you Kate, but a happier one for having your music.

    I shall shed some NaCl tonight remembering you.

  294. Stephanie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Dear Anna, Jane, Rufus and Martha,

    I must have listened to La Porte en Arriere and NaCl about a billion times as I trudged up the hill to university and my Masters last year. Some days it was the only thing that got me up that hill. Today I am crushed with sadness at the loss of such a kickass woman.

    Good night dear Kate, we will see you in our dreams.

    With love from Canberra (via Hobart) Australia,

    Stephanie

  295. John Papadachi says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Anna, since 1976 I have treasured the music and words you and Kate gave the world and continued to produce. I also treasure along with (alas too few) memories of live performances, the fruit of a chance encounter at Dorval – your signatures on the copy of ‘la vache qui pleure’ just bought in the airport store, and your surprise that it was on sale there! Whether this was modesty (to paraphrase Churchill, you do not have a lot to be modest about) or not, I hope Kate realised how her memory would live on in the hearts of thousands like me who were never friends or family. Condolences to you, Jane, Martha, Rufus and all the others who were.

  296. Jean says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Thank you to Kate for the music that has formed signposts of many of our (the fans’) emotional lives.

    Thank you, Anna, for partnering with your sister to spread those gifts of music. Our lives would be less rich without the McGarrigle Sisters accompaniment.

    Please accept my condolences on this profound loss to your family and friends. May Spirit strengthen and support you all while you grieve, and ever after.

  297. Norma Murdoch says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:14 am

    My heart goes out to all her family and friends. For myself, I can’t believe it. I’ve lost half of the music that represented me; my generation, my home, my languages. Let the music go on!

  298. Rosamund Porter says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Farewell Kate. You and your sisters music and lyrics have been with me throughout my life, during the laugther and the tears, your words echo in my head and have brought me comfort in storms and happiness in the sunshine…thank you for touching us with your songs…

  299. Joop Oudebeek says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Such a sad news.

    Thank you, Kate, for over 30 years of beautiful music. You will be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers go to Anna, Rufus, Martha and everybody else in the McGarrigle, Lanken en Wainwright families.

    Joop and Marian Oudebeek, The Netherlands.

  300. Anne Marie Smetsers says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Thank you for your music, dear Kate.

  301. Paula says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Dear family of Kate
    I feel a sorrow too.
    How wonderfull you all were with her when she left.
    and music & love!
    Kate & Anna ‘s sound are in my mind & soul as long as I am.
    don’t even have to put a record on.
    Thank her,thank you for that.

    broken hearts are the price of love
    I wish you all much togetherness & comfort

    brazzas,XXX,Paula.

  302. Norma Murdoch says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:41 am

    My heart goes out to her family and friends in their deep loss. Kate and Anna have always been more than music to me. They represented my crazy, profound generation, my ethnic background, my beloved Quebec and her languages. I had lines from one of Anna’s songs under my picture on facebook –

    All my life I wanted to roam
    To go to the ends of the earth
    But the earth really ends
    where you started to roam
    You and I know what a
    circle is worth.

    I went over this and over it, trying to understand. I finally did. We start with the people we love and that’s where we need to end up. As far as the circle goes, we need to fill that with things that matter. She understood it and she lived it. Let the music go on.

  303. Norma Murdoch says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:55 am

    My heart goes out to Anna, the family and friends in your deep loss.

    I am mourning,too. Kate and Anna have always been more than music to me. They represented my crazy, profound generation, my ethnic background, my beloved Quebec and her languages. I have Dancer with Bruised Knees in the car. My Greek husband and kids tease me about them and call them McBoublithres(McBubbles). My kids call my mom Gabby. I had lines from one of Kate’s songs under my picture on facebook –

    All my life I wanted to roam
    To go to the ends of the earth
    But the earth really ends
    where you started to roam and
    You and I know what
    circle is worth.

    I loved this even though, in the beginning, I went over it and over it, trying to understand. I finally did. We start with the people we love and that’s where we need to end up. As far as the circle goes, we need to fill that with things that matter. She understood it and she lived it. Let the music go on.

  304. Iain says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I’m heartbroken too at the loss of one half of the most sublime song writing partnership of the past 40 years. My heartfelt condolences to Anna, Jane and
    the extended family.

    Why must we die?

  305. Mark Stenzler says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I am so very saddened to hear about Kate’s passing… Having been touched by their music for more than 20 years, I grew to become a great fan… not only of their music but also of the lyrics and the humour.

    Big hugs from Berne, Switzerland.

  306. James says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:46 am

    During 2003 both my father, and my father-in-law died. I derived much comfort then from repeated, almost obsessive listening to Maria Muldaur’s version of “Cool River”. Now sweet Kate has kissed this world goodbye too, and we are the poorer for her passing, as we are richer for the gifts she has left us.

    My sincere condolences to all her family.

  307. kyrl says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Kate’s death. The music has meant a lot to me for over 30 years and will live on. I am sure it has helped lots of people through good times and bad. All I can do is offer my deepest sympathy in what must be a very hard time for all the family.

  308. roland zonneveldt says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Dear Anna and family,

    Very sorry to hear Kate has passed away. This must be a great loss for you. I wish you a lot of strength in this black period.

    I have been listining to Kate and Anna for more than thirty years, I am very grateful to her and you for this incredibly beautiful music and for that came over to the Netherlands a few times and played for us.

    We are all feeling very sad.

    Kate lives on in her music.

    Roland

  309. Susan Daniels says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Kate & Anna’s words & music have been a part of my life for 20 years. Then the joy of hearing all the family.

    My deep sympathy to Anna, Rufus & Martha and all the family on your sad loss.

    Rest in peace dear Kate thank you for your wonderful music and words,

  310. Tom says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I’ll never forget seeing you at Liverpool Philharmonic in ’76/77. The music you make will always inspire me and millions of other music lovers around the world. God Bless Kate.

  311. Liesbeth says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I have the privilage to have seen Kate several times when she toured with Rufus and Martha. She was always so full of life, funny and witty. Her banter with her children was always so hilarious, but inbetween the words you could feel the love they felt for each other. Who did not want Kate to be their mum, or be part of that wonderful family :-)
    My mother died of cancer not long ago aged 61. She used to hum ‘Complainte pour Sainte-Catherine’ when she was doing the dishes, when I was a child. Now I am a big fan of Kate’s children, and one by one adding the beautiful music of all the rest of the family and friends to my life. I am really grateful for that.
    I made that video of the Proserpina song in the Royal Albert Hall that was up on this site before, and I knew someting out of the ordinary was happening there on that stage. I cried throughout the song, that would turn out to be her last one. Now Kate’s baby Martha is a mum herself, and she and Rufus are happy and doing great. The circle is round.
    Kate is irreplacable, but she leaves so much beauty and love behind that she will allways be remembered.

  312. Kath says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:42 am

    My deepest condolances to all

  313. Monica says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    My husband and I first heard your music in the arctic in the seventies, and we have both been fans since. What a loss Kate is to both her fans, her country’s culture, and most of all, her family. Our deepest condolences.

  314. Norm says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    So sad to hear about Kate. I love your music.
    My condolences to the McGarrigle family.

  315. Georgina says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I’ve loved the sisters McGarrigle since I was about 14, far too many years ago now and since then have embraced the whole family’s lovely music. When I heard the news yesterday, it made me terribly sad. My thoughts are with you all.

  316. Pat L says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I’m just so sorry that Kate is gone. My deepest sympathies to all the family. Thanks for the music Kate, I’m sure that your soul is “going to shine like a star”.

  317. Charlie Monck says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I will never forget hearing that very first LP … paricularly \Complainte Pour Ste Catherine\, a song which has stayed with me since that day.
    To Kate: you will be missed forever. To Anna and the family: please accept thoughts and love from this humble fan of your wonderful music.

  318. Maryann says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Been listening to Kate and Anna since the 70s. So sorry the world has lost that amazing voice.

  319. Lucy says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Thanks you Kate, I grew up listening to the Mcgarrigles and my whole family still love to listen to your music. You will be sorely missed.

  320. Caroline Kenner says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Kate goes forth from this world shining to harmonize with the music of the spheres. Sincere condolences to all Kate’s family. We will miss her voice and her smile.

  321. Paul Danielson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I had the immense pleasure and honour to meet Kate and Anna in our hotel after a concert in Manchester. This remains one of the fondest memories of my life as both Kate and Anna took time to chat to me over a drink. I was totally numb when I heard about Kate’s sad Death. Her voice had that quality which could bring a tear to my eye more so than ever today. My heart and thoughts go to Martha,Rufus Anna and all of Kate’s family.

  322. Cathy says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I was shocked and completely saddened by the news of Kate’s death. She made a fantastic contribution to the world of music and a huge one to the music in my life. My condolences to her family.

  323. Jan Morrison says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Dear Family of Kate, I was so sad to hear of Kate’s death. Her music – all of your music – is woven into so many memories – mostly big old kitchens in the country, listening while we took care of our babies, made bread and did other proper hippy things! And I have continued on the tradition by adding Kate’s kids’ recordings to my listening. Thank you for all you have given.

  324. Jenny says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Dearest McGarrigles and Wainwrights, as well as all of us who have been touched and moved by Kate’s greatness.
    She will be missed, that is one thing that is certain. She gave and loved and through her and her children I found myself and some of the most amazing people there are.
    So thank you Kate.
    My thoughts are with you.

  325. Martin d'Entremont says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Very sorry to hear this news. Condolences to all the family, friends and fans.

  326. Bob in Halifax says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    In the late 1970′s while in Montreal on business I was wandering the city one evening and happened upon a line up at a local cafe. I thought, “must be something worthwhile” and I got in line. As it happened, it was Kate, Anna and friends. I sat behind your Mom about 3 rows from a small stage. I was mesmerized by the music and I fell in love with Kate.

    When I went back to my hotel I immediately called Brenda, my wife of 5 years and informed her that I had fallen in love with another women – fortunately she was very understanding.

    Brenda and I saw you in Nova Scotia on many occasions at Acadia University in Wolfville and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax (she wanted to check out the competition and fell in love with the music as well). I was still in love with Kate and again my wife was very understanding.

    I believe it was in the 1980′s that I was in New York on business and as I have a tendency to do, I was wondering the city and dropped by Radio City Music Hall. Well it was an obvious sign from God, that night, the McGarrigle Sisters were playing. Again, I was moved by the music and upon my return to the hotel reconfirmed my love of Kate to my lovely wife. She said she understood.

    Kate loss is a tragedy. She has left the world a much better place.
    Love Bob
    P.S. Brenda and I are still happily married after 35 years. She is a very understanding lady.

  327. Barbara Johansen Newman says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I first fell in love with your music in the mid-seventies. I still love it. It has been with me in my many art studios since then, always inspiring me, always touching me in meaningful ways and coloring my thoughts and my art. I am so sorry for your family’s loss and I am so sorry for my own, as well. I blogged about it here:

    http://johansennewman.typepad.com/cats_and_jammers_studio/2010/01/the-end-of-the-music-of-my-art-life-for-more-than-3-decades.html

  328. Jim Wilson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Kate’s passing. My condolences to the family.

    Kate and the family’s music has added so much to my life, and I am so grateful. My family thinks of yours every Christmas, as we listen over and over again to that beautiful Christmas album. We’re all sad to lose Kate, but we’re glad that she led a life in which she was able to give so much to so many.

  329. Ragnar in Norway says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    So much great music. You will be missed. My condolences to the great, musical family.

  330. Davide Sapienza says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I remember being lifted in space on my firts listening of MATAPEDIA. It was 1996, it was one of the first releases I would promote in Italy for Hannibal Records. And then I was watching BEfore Tomorrow a wonderful movie about Inuit’s life and death in Northern Canada. And again that song came to seal the tragic ending of the movie, because MATAPEDIA indeed flows like the river of the same name, the endless cycle of Life, which carries death in its bosom as the reminder of who we are.
    The line I Was Not Afraid keeps thundering now in my head. I cannot slow down. It is wonderful to know the Sisters’ music is indeed only Life. Ciao Kate.

  331. Doug says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    A great sadness on learning of the passing of Kate. The world seems a little paler today. My sympathies and condolences to the family.

  332. Melissa says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Mike and I have very good memories of Kate and the rest of your extraordinary family up at St. Sauveur. Such generosity and love. All our love from Sleepy Street, NH, Melissa, Mike and Simone

  333. Jan Kleine Deters says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Visited the first Holland-gig (Paradiso Amsterdam), saw Rufus, drunk supporting act in Melkweg (Amsterdam) and visited the last Hollandconcert (Utrecht) as well. Soundtrack of my life. Love the sisters and the kids for ever.

  334. Rosy says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. I fondly remember Kate and Anna’s practice sessions I was able to attend with Peter and Celia in the seventies. I will always cherish the music.

  335. birdy says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    When I woke up in the Middle of the Night .. I found am e-mail from T-Bone about the Untimely Death of my HERO ….

    KATE McGARRIGLE

    I am Weeping and Heartbroken ….

    ” When you Bend It … You Can’t Mend It ”

    But .. SHE .. has Made Her TRANSITION to *PARADISE*

    And What a Legacy She GIFTED to the Lovers’ of Honest, Authentic *MUSIC*
    MUSIC made for the **LOVE** of It … Not for Profit

    I will Light a Candle in GRATITUDE for the IMMEASURABLE **JOY** Her ( and ANNA’S ( !!!! ) MUSIC … Has Brought to Me
    I Know the Family Will Carry on the TRADITION of Fine Music ..and.. That KATE will Be -Watching- and HARMONIZING from Her- VENUE – on the Other Side

    There is No Such ”Thing” as Death .. Life is ETERNAL .. ” Death ” … is Just a .. Change -of- Address
    The ” McGarrigles’ ” Will Someday -All- Be Re-United > To *Sing* ..Again.. as *One*

    I am a Happier and a Better Human Being for Having EXPERIENCED > KATE & ANNA McGarrigle .. And .. FAMILY.

    PLEASE Play Some KATE & ANNA *Songs* … on Your SHOW To-Day… for **Kate** .. for Her – SPECIAL FAMILY – ..and .. for ME

    LOVE ~ Birdy

  336. balboaInMontreal says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Aujourd’hui, je suis encore quelque part entre La Jeunesse et La Sagesse, un peu grâce a toi Kate, merci pour la musique qui a bercée mon enfance. Courage a vous, Rufus et Martha.

  337. joe medwick says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    dear anna, jane, dane, rufus, martha and all the famile lori and i send our most heartfelt condolences and love to you and all the friends and family who are hurting as we are right now with the loss of such a beautiful bird as kate her soul is still with all of us we believe as are her songs and beautiful family and sisters too soon gone indeed we love you all

    joe medwick lori westbrook rhinebeck

  338. t-bone says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    the music of kate and anna and the entire mcgarrigle family will live forever close to my heart
    i will treasure the memory of the witnessing the music performed live….
    the magic it always was
    and of sharing a few moments to talk with kate and anna, rufus and martha
    and their awesome musicians thru the years especially one of their last visits to the iron horse

    kate will be so missed here……… her voice leaves a void in our world of real music
    my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time
    love
    t-bone

  339. Pierre says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Je pleure avec vous le départ de cette femme merveilleuse. Sa voix restera à jamais gravé dans ma tête.

  340. Mura says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Hope her spirit is soaring to the skies! She gave me such wonderful musical and humourous moments – had the great joy of seeing her play with Rufus and Martha twice ,and once heckling a young Rufus from the audience during a Dublin concert in 98..He said ” I miss my Dad,Dad’s always on tour.Mom’s always on MY tour!”
    Loved their onstage banter and obvious love – at a Brisbane concert,Rufus was telling the audience he was learning some Britney Spears dance moves and Kate dryly said “Why don t you show the audience your moves now?” and Rufus,quick as anything said “No,mother,I ll show them during Mendocino”.
    Hope Anna and all the family are comforted at their loss by knowing she was loved and appreciated by many ,and ,my god ,what a great life and legacy….

  341. Bill and Heather Randall says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    The sisters have been part of our musical fabric since the 1970s when we saw them on their first UK tour in London. Last saw them in Brighton a couple of years ago. As good and original as ever. Such harmonies and such a close take on life. Kate will be greatly missed. Our love to the family.
    Bill and Heather Randall, Brighton, England

  342. Ray says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I had the pleasure to meet Kate and Anna after a show at Hughs Room in Toronto. I was struck by the music, the humour and the banter that accompanied each show. They were real treasures. They could make you laugh and cry at the same time and the show was so intimate that you felt you were sitting in their living room. I will miss the spirit and the music and wish the family strength during this terrible time of mourning.

  343. Karen says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Such sad news. My husband and I have listened to Kate and Anna since we met in the 70′s and it is the music of our life together. We last saw the McGarricle sisters when they toured with the Chieftans and came to Toronto. We still often play Dancer with Bruised Knees – our favourite McGarricle LP. Our deepest condolences to Anna and the Wainwrights.

    Karen, Brampton, ON

  344. John Tunnicliffe says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    So sorry to hear the sad, sad news. But what a wonderful legacy Kate has left behind – with her own (and Anna’s) music and that of her children. We’ve all lost a friend but gained an angel…

  345. WayneM says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    We have all lost a treasure. My sadness is mixed with a sense of thankfulness that her gifts were shared with her fans.
    Many thanks, Kate, for all the wonderful hours you have given me and my family through your music. I only got to see you in concert one time, but the experience remains a big highlight.
    Finally, my condolences to Anna, Rufus, Martha, and all those closest to kate.

  346. Yvonne says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Anna and Kate’s music and lyrics have influenced my life for so many years; I have listened to them in times of sadness, and contentment, and every time the music gives me strength. Their concerts were magical. It is a sad time sad for all of us who love their music. However we will continue to play those beautiful recordings. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the the McGarrigle and Wainwright families.

  347. Chris Groom says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear this news. By coincidence I was playing Talk to Me of Mendocino on Monday night – a song that always brought a tear to my eye. It was a pleasure to have met Kate and Anna in London and Croydon and their music was always uplifting and beautiful.

    My thoughts are with Kate’s family at this sad time.

  348. Ian Rogers says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Very, very sad to hear of the loss of Kate McGarrigle. My hopes,wishes and condolence go out to all her family. I wish you all peace.

  349. Howard Tessler says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    some many great memories. I remember Kate and Anna playing one of the small coffee houses in the McGill ghetto just after you returned from England. The stage was so small, some of the musicians kept falling off it. A year later you were playing Theatre St Dennis.

    So many great memories.

    Thank you Kate, Thank you Anna.

  350. Mark F says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Lost for words. So sorry to hear of Kate’s passing. My condolences to all the family during this sad time.

  351. Peter says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Am so sorry for your loss.
    Kate brought love and beauty into our hearts and ears.
    may her family find comfort.

    deep condolences.
    Peter, Procter, B.C.
    a grateful life long fan and admirer

  352. Naomi says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Such a creative and well lived life. My sincere condolences to the family and to those who will miss her music.

  353. Margaret Eyre says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    So sad to hear of Kate’s passing. I have loved Kate and Anna’s music for many years – she lives on in her songa and her family.

  354. David from London says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    The McGarrigles’ music has been part of my life for more than thirty years and although I never met Kate I saw her perform numerous times here in London with Anna and other members of the family. I’ll never forget the harmonies on so many songs, the utterly, desperately beautiful “Go leave’ – playing next door at the moment – the quirkiness of ‘NaCL’, the onstage banter between the family. My condolences to Anna, Jane, Martha, Rufus and all the other members of this amazing family – not forgetting Martha and Brad’s son Arcangelo. I’m so glad that Kate was able to see him when she came to London in December. Kate, listening to your music at the moment brings tears to my eyes, but it’s brought me so much joy over the years and will do in the future. You will be missed so much.

  355. Elin says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    How very sad to hear of Kate’s passing. All my love and thoughts to her family, part of which i’m privileged to have seen sing with Kate in the Royal Albert Hall just a month ago. It was a wonderful concert. I had no idea Kate was seriously ill at the time, but knowing this gives extra emotion to her fantastic performance.

  356. Janie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    In the 1970′s I was living in Germany. The British music magazines Melody Maker and New Musical Express were must-reads for me. When rave reviews of the McGarrigles first album appeared in them, and when they rated it the top album of the year, I knew I had to check it out. (Not least of which because, at that time, these magazines NEVER covered the kind of music the McGarrigles made.)

    Needless to say, a lifelong love of their music began for me. Kate’s death leaves a hole in my universe that can only be filled by listening to the music with which she and her family have gifted the world. Thank you, Kate, for everything you gave me over the years.

  357. The Mudcat Café says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=126660

  358. Jim Fleming says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    “Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
    Time held me green and dying
    Though I sang in my chains like the sea.”

    Dylan Thomas

  359. Larry says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Au revoir, Kate. Thank you for the music, which will live forever. Deepest sympathies to your loved ones.

  360. mark says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    fare thee well, your spirit lives on

  361. Philip LW says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I eat leftovers with mashed potatoes. No more candlelight. No more romance. No more small-talk. When the hunger’s gone…
    sublime music from lovely people.
    Px

  362. Jan says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    You’re in my heart..ever since I heared Complainte pour St Catherine for the first time when I was young.My love and thought for all her family and friends

  363. Richard says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Kate,
    Thank you for al the sweet, sad and happy moments.
    Just lit a little candle for you.
    You will be greatly missed.

  364. Ryan Young says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Please accept my condolences. Anna, you and your sister’s music was something I heard and adored as I grew up as a kid. I am 38 now and I had the fabulous opportunity to see you play concerts at the Spectrum and Club Soda. I met you once backstage at Club Soda some years ago and told you your performance of Cool River made me cry. I had also organized a show in Ste. Anne de Bellevue when Rufus and Martha played at Macdonald Campus due to a request from Andre Doucette which we spoke about. You and your sister’s music is healing and angelic and the night my father died in a car accident I listened to your album Matapedia and it brought comfort and emotional release to me on one of the most difficult nights of my life. Last night I dived into to my old Kate and Anna albums and I played Midnight Flight and there it was uncanny how she sung of taking her leave and I began to cry. She has taken her leave, don’t know when she’ll be back, but I hope we are re-united with this special soul who brought so much to this world. I had such high respect for her as I do for you. I hope there are musical tributes to her in the coming year, she deserves the highest honours, she was a musical giant in my opinion. Love to your family.

  365. Christina Guthrie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I have loved the music of Kate and Anna since I first heard their music in 1975. I saw them perform every chance I could and my three daughters grew up with their music in the house. They all play (trained by nuns) and my middle child Jane Ehrhardt is making a living at it. I know Kate played a part in this…Thank you

  366. Tim says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    The world has lost an individual, but gained a voice that will be with us forever. We are all richer for the gifts she has left us. Be well McGarrigles and Wainwrights one and all, your beloved Kate is will be with you always.

  367. Kate says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Listening to Heart Like a Wheel with tears in my eyes. I recently re-discovered Kate and Anna McGarrigle after first hearing their album 27 years ago. On New Year’s Eve listening to Complainte Pour Ste Catherine I managed to balance in a headstand for the length of the song…seems like this kind of quirkyness might have brought a smile to Kate’s face from the beautiful comments on this site.

    Love and blessings to you all…xxx

  368. Richard Rutner says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I was fortunate enough to have you perform for the Town of Hempstead on Long Island. My wife Nancy and I spent the day with the three of you and the band. I think it was Seamans Neck Park, in Seaford Long Island. We never forgot that special day. We send our thoughts to you and wish you peace.

  369. Crepeau says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    MES SYMPATHIES À ANNA ET À TOUS SES AMIS ET SA FAMILLE.JE N’AI CROISÉ QUE DEUX FOIS LES SOEURS MCGARRIGLE DANS TOUTE MA VIE,LA DEUXIÈME FOIS C’ÉTAIT EN SORTANT DE LA CHAPELLE HISTORIQUE DU BON PASTEUR,J’ÉTAIS UN PEU FIGÉ ET JE NE LEUR AI PAS PARLÉ.ON DIRAIT QUE C’EST QUAND UNE PERSONNE AIMÉE PART QU’ON SENT TOUTE SON IMPORTANCE.ELLS M’AVAIENT AIDÉ DANS LES ANNÉES 70 AVEC LEURS TOUNES ENTRAÎNANTES,ELLES INSUFFLAIENT DU COURAGE À TOUS.KATE RESTERA VIVANTE DANS NOS COEURS.

  370. George says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful and honest music.

    From the Netherlands, my sincere condolences to the family.

  371. Mitch says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that Kate is gone. I’ve loved her music for three decades. My life has been a little brighter and deeper because of the McGarrigles’ music, so I’m grateful to Kate for her share in that.

  372. linda from virginia says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for your songs au revoir

  373. hp berkman says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Made me laugh, made me cry, made me listen, made me sing. And still you do.
    Merle noir! Au revoir.

  374. Steve M says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Very, very sad news.

  375. Annie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Merci Belle Kate, ta musique restera dans nos coeur à jamais. Nos plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille.

  376. Andy Levy-Stevenson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    So sad … what beautiful music she and Anna have brought us.

  377. Kev G says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    What a very sad loss. I loved the music for nigh on 35 years now, and still play the first album nearly every week, absolutely timeless.I have been to many of their concerts and festival appearances and loved every minute of every one.
    Thank you so much for your gift Kate. R.I.P

  378. Kathryn Hilbert says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Martha, and Rufus, your Mother was the best! I feel like a part of me is gone….I remember listening to Kate and Anna on the public radio station broadcasted from Hobart College, I still have Kate and Anna’s first album. I use to sing the swimming song to my own children when they were small, I will sing it to my future grandchildren.

  379. Michael O'Reilly says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I have been your fan for so many years.
    In the 1970′s your first album was a standard in all Irish record collections.
    I have played and sang “Heart Like a Wheel” at many Guinness fuelled singsongs.
    Just last month I got a gift of “Songs and Stories” for Christmas and played The Christmas Hour at many dinners – you have many new fans as a result.
    How sad it is now to hear of Kate’s passing – I feel that I have lost one of my best friends.
    Your many concerts in Dublin over the years were much appreciated.
    All my sympathy to you Anna, and to Rufus, Martha, Jane and all of Kate’s family and friends.
    PS I would love to see Rufus and Martha record a tribute album.

  380. Leila says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I am so very sorry. Sorry for the McGarrigle-Wainwright families. And sorry for the rest of us in Montreal who will miss you forever. A sublime, lovely and beautiful woman. I live just around the corner and my heart would burst when I’d see you. No more.

  381. Mandie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Condolences from our family to the McGarrigle family. Your music has helped to lift my spirits so many times in my life. Thank you so much for that. Rest in Peace, Kate.

  382. Carel says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    In 1975 I heard a song by two sisters, singing in a strange kind of French.
    The song was a small hit in the Netherlands, but I never forgot the name of the song: Complainte pour Ste. Catherine, or the artists: Kate and Anne McGarrigle.
    Years passed when I found the French Record album, and since then any record by them was a sure buy.

    Love the harmonies, the variation of melodies.

    Now even though one voice has stopped, the harmonies will linger on.

    My condolences to her family. May her songs encourage you to continue.

  383. Janet Baker says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Dear Kate, thank you for your presence in our lives. My deepest condolences to your family.

  384. Chris B says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I have listened to and loved the wonderful music of Kate and Anna for over 30 years. Sincere condolences to all the family at this very sad time.

  385. Wheels says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I just heard the news. My condolences to the families. Kate’s voice will always ring true in my heart. Rest in Peace.

  386. Jon Kirkman says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I saw Kate and Anna in concert in Liverpool England in 1976. It was a quite charming concert and I have been a fan ever since. So very sad to hear of Kate’s passing. Many fond memories associated with her music.
    With much love and respect to Anna, Rufus and Martha.
    Rest In Peace Kate

  387. Allan James says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Every year another favourite leaves. “I cried for us” seems so very appropriate at this moment. My love and sympathy to Anna, Martha, Rufus and all those I do not know but who will miss her as any family misses a member.

  388. John Humphreys says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of Kate’s passing today. I played that first album so often that I had to buy it as an LP, Tape and finally from iTunes. Deepest sympathy to the McGarrigle and Wainright families. John

  389. Richard Hyatt says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I was a friend of Kate’s many years ago. This is part of a letter to my Ex that I thought I should pass along to you, Anna, Rufus and Martha. Much love and graditude for your many gifts.
    I just found out that Kate died yesterday. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed by our little circle of friends. I remember the times we spent together When Aki and Rufus were babies and toddlers. For instance, the babies playing on the floor in Woodstock one wintery New Years Eve in a playpen made of guitar cases. Aki recording her version of ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ backed up by Loudy and Kate at their home upstate. When me and the kids first moved to Mendocino in 1976, I remember a never ending stream of beautiful, young and romantic German girls showing up with backpacks coming to move into ‘our town’. It seemed her song, ‘Talk to Me of Mendocino’ was a top 40 hit in Germany and touched these girls so deeply that it inspired them to drop everything and come to take part in our little fledgling alternative community. The dream only lasted about 7 or 8 years before the developers ruined it. But for that magic moment it was a reality in space and time. And Kate’s music was always a part of it. Sort of an anthem for us.

  390. Peter says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Gone too soon but the harmonies live on…You had to see them live
    to appreciate the quality of their extended musical family and their
    unpretentious ability to draw the audience into a magical experience.

  391. Anke Brinkman says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    It is so sad for you Kate and for your family and friends that you had to say goodbye. My codolences for your family. Thank you and Anna for your music. Wishing you peace.

  392. Peter says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    My mother spent many years wrestling with demons. Medication helped sporadically, as did wine. She was always very creative, very interested in the arts and music. I remember when she discovered Kate and Anna McGarrigle. My brother and I would listen to Bob Dylan and the Talking Heads in our shared room, but in the car, it was the McGarrigle sisters. It had an almost magical effect on my mother –
    a reason to smile, a reason to feel connected. Love Over and Over would leave her undone, but in the best way.

    It wasn’t until I got to college that I listened to them absent of her circumstance. I could only then hear what she heard. And now, years later — years after her death — I listen and feel connected
    to her again. The power of music, and the power of these extraordinary women — I will always be grateful to the McGarrigle sisters. Thank you Kate.

  393. JGH says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    My thoughts are with you all,Anna,Jane,Rufus and Martha.Kate will be missed so much by all those who loved her music.I have loved her since the first album.

  394. Rob Desmond says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    We were very sorry to hear of your family’s loss
    We feel blessed to have met Kate and blessed to have heard the music
    Rob,Joan,Georgia and Michael

  395. Cees says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    A thousand years ago or so: the sisters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
    The theatre too small, the crowd too big.
    But everybody was let in.
    Heavenly evening.

    A thousand years later.
    Kate Gone.
    So sad.

    If there is a God, he must be a lucky guy today:
    an extra angel arrived for this band.

    Thank you, Kate.
    Thank you, all you family

  396. Jim Murray says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    To the McGarrigle Family: My family sends to you its deepest sympathy and our sadness.
    To Kate: God bless and God speed, Kate McGarrigle and thank you for your beautiful music. We are honoured to have seen you perform and to have met you on two occasions one of which has entered our lore. At Mariposa Festival 1974 at the end of one day you were waiting at the ferry dock for staff and performers behind my wife Maggie, our 6 month old son, Darius, and me. As we were loaded down with all sorts of ‘stuff’ and baby, you offered to help us and took and carried our son who went to you with no shyness (unlike many 6 month olds). Darius carries the story proudly and thinks of it as a blessing on his own musical career. You will be forever remembered bu us.

  397. Patrick McGarrigle (Austin) says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Dear Friends–Im am so sorry to hear this news–Love you all !!! P McG Austin Texas

  398. Elsa Maria says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Just a line when I sit here crying…mainly because of Kate’s and Anna’s beatiful songs, that I have just listened to again, reminding me of the 70′s, of youth, beauty, and an open,sensitive heart. Thank you, both Kate and Anna, for your beautiful, tender songs that touch something deep inside!That remains eternally.

  399. Christoph says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I was shocked and deeply touched when I heard the sad news yesterday. Kate was such a wonderful person and such a great musician. Her death means an incredible loss.

    My thoughts are with Anna, Jane, Martha and Rufus.

  400. Frances says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Kate’s passing. Her music has seen me through good times and bad. She will be missed. Love to all her family.

  401. Humboldt says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    So sad to hear the news. Kate gave us all ‘Love Over And Over’.

    RIP Kate.

    X

  402. Dick Wolkers says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    This really is bad news. I wish Kate’s family and friends a lot of strength. Dick, The Netherlands

  403. Carmelo says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I am very sad. Oh!, she only was 63 years old and it really hurts me so much.

    Rest In Peace Kate McGarrigle. Rest Her Soul.

  404. Livia says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Sad to hear the news. Found out last night at Tegan and Sara concert as Sara dedicated one song to Kate. She performs with her twin Tegan and cannot imagine how difficult it would be to lose her sister esp. one you work with so closely. A tremendous loss but what memories you must have. I have enjoyed the music for years and will continue to do so. Loving thoughts to each and every one of you.

  405. Stéphane LeClair says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    The world is crying one of the true greats. Thank you for the music,the heart,the soul. Thank you for the oh so gifted children you gave life to. Rest in peace beautiful one. Hearing you and seing you live on stage with your son in 2009 is a moment that will always bring a smile to my face…a very touching moment of pure and genuine musical bliss.

    Sincere condolenses to the family,Rufus,Martha,Jane,Anna.

    Stéphane LeClair

  406. Peter says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I only saw you once. Dressed in pyjamas with little naked ladies all over.
    Your music is part of the background of my life.
    “Kiss and say Goodbye”.
    Good on you and your legacy.
    Peter. Davistown, Australia

  407. Michèle M. says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    merci pour tout
    je t’aimerai toujours…

  408. Marieke says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Adieu Kate. Vous me manquez déjà. Votre musique a bercé mon enfance, et celle de Rufus et Martha a une place prédominante dans mon univers musical actuel. Mon coeur est rempli de tristesse hier, et toutes mes pensées vont vers votre famille, spécialement vers Rufus et Martha. Merci de nous avoir fait partager votre talent et d’avoir contribué grandement à mon éveil musical et à ma curiosité intellectuelle. Merci aussi d’avoir si bien transmis cette passion à vos enfants, tout en leur enseignant l’authenticité et le sens de la scène. Votre rire, votre sourire moqueur, votre sens de l’humour aiguisé et votre personnalité attachante me manqueront également. Je garderai comme souvenir précieux, pour le reste de ma vie, cette soirée mémorable du 3 août 2009 où j’étais assise à la première rangée de la salle Louis-Fréchette du Grand théâtre de Québec pour voir et entendre Rufus. Vous nous aviez alors fait l’honneur de participer au spectacle, le temps de quelques chansons qui se sont avérées des moments de grâce, la beauté à sa plus pure expression. J’ai été particulièrement touchée de vous entendre chanter en duo “Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse”, si magnifique. Vous étiez magnifique au piano, les yeux fermés, le sourire fendu jusqu’aux oreilles, vibrante et vivante. C’est cette image que je désire conserver de vous, l’image du bonheur et de la plénitude à l’état pur. Merci, et bonne route!

  409. Carel Hulshof says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Rest in peace, Kate. Your music will always be in our heart. My deepest sympathy for the whole family.

  410. Erika and Sarah says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of Kate’s passing. Condolences to her family and friends.

  411. Lorraine says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Kate’s and Anna’s music have enriched my life immeasurably for four decades and I shall be forever grateful. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Kate; I was looking forward to a concert with them in their eighties. But Kate is in the light now, so I can’t be selfish with my regrets; I’ll leave her to sing with the angels. To her family and friends I send my deepest sympathy for the hard days ahead, learning to live with your dearest Kate in another room. May the angels embrace you on this journey.

    PS. Leonard Cohen, you better hang in there, Canada can’t lose any more icons this decade.

  412. Margaret says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Also want to say, I am so grateful for the beauty the McGarrigle sisters brought into the world with their music. Songs to break your heart & make it whole again.
    The comments here show how deeply so many of us have been touched by Kate’s life and art. May she rest in peace, suffering ended, and may her family & friends take comfort knowing she can never be forgotten.

  413. Cate says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Kate was indeed sweet, and she possessed such an astonishing incandescent talent. There are no words to express the sorrow of her passing. Her music has been an important part of my life for many years, and I shall miss her.

  414. Piet & Ali says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    We are very sad. Only 63. We enjoyed your last Christmas Show in London very much. Rest in peace.

  415. Jean-Yves says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Que c’est triste.Ça fait mal comme si on avait perdu une soeur.

    Heureusement la musique reste ainsi que les merveilleux enfants que sont Rufus et Martha.

    Merci et adieu Kate.

  416. Michael in Quebec says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I feel like something beautiful has been broken. A beautiful duet I thought could never end. A great fraternity. Voices and hearts, so original and so unique, who lulled us for three decades. You made us so proud. You made us smile. You made us love you. The music lives on. My deepest condolences to the McGarrigle clan.

    We are human, we are angel
    We have feet and wish for wings
    We are carbon, we are ether
    We are saints, we are kings
    Why must we die?

  417. Louise et Didier says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Kate va beaucoup nous manquer. Elle nous accompagne depuis de nombreuses années et nous avons eu la chance de l’entendre, rayonnante, au spectacle de son amie Emmylou en octobre dernier. Nous sommes des fans et sommes profondément tristes de la perdre… nous avons tout de même la chance de pouvoir l’entendre sur les disques, heureusement. Merci de nous avoir apporté tant de bonheur.
    Courage à tous les membres de la famille et particulièrement Anna, dont elle était certainement la grande complice.

  418. January 21th, 0.16 says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you, Kate, for your music and your legacy. May you rest in peace.

  419. Keith Darbyshire, Yorkshire, England says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    So sad to hear of Kate’s passing. Words fail me.
    You (Anna) and Kate have left a musical legacy that will be cherished.
    Mendocino also brought a lump to my throat. Not the lyrics, just the purity and emotion in Kate’s wonderful voice. It will take on a whole new meaning now.
    My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. As Anna says, irreplaceable. Sta strong

  420. John Brownlie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    So deeply saddened to awake this morning to the news of Kate’s passing. A part of my musical life has gone.
    The depth and beauty of McGarrigle music has been with us all across the years, but now it enters a new phase without our dearly loved Kate.
    May her wonderful life be forever celebrated in song.
    My thoughts are with all the McGarrigle clan at this difficult time.
    Kate is beyond pain now, and in a better place.
    Rest in Peace.

  421. Pierre et Martin says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Nos pensées vont à la famille et aux amis de Kate. Grâce à sa musique, elle restera toujours présente dans nos vies… Merci !

  422. John Grayson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    You guys were the very best. A unique mixture of happy and sad. Be proud of what you achieved!

  423. Whisperinggums says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    “When you bend it, you can’t mend it”. My heart is sorely bent by this news…and my wishes fly to you all from across the seas…

  424. Richard says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I’m at a loss for words. Neither me nor my friends, who have seen you perform a few years ago, saw this coming, I have to admit. It’s a great shock. Your music always reminded me (and my dad too) of the spontaneity, purity and honesty of creating music at home with your family, and to see this very tradition come to an end all of a sudden is a great loss. I’ve been playing this song all day long, together with some albums, because to me this song is the essence of community singing, not playing music as a self-conscious performance, but as part of living, caring and sharing emotions with your family. I’ve played it dozens of times today, but it never fails to reduce me to tears:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5OiMfM3txk

  425. Gilly says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    So sorry for the loss in your family. She was so young. A patron of music and song. A mother to talent. She lives on in melody.

  426. Susan Bakewell says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Such a sad day. Although we have lost her, the beautiful music she made throughout her lifetime lives on forever, which enriches us all.

  427. John McCartney says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Manies the mile I drove with the McGarrigle sisters singing Mendocino on the CD player in my taxi.May god keep you in the palm of his hand until we meet again.

  428. Korneel Deroeck says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear Kate has passed away. She’s a great loss for every music fan. I’m so blessed that I got to know the charming sisters’ music through the music of Emmylou Harris. This discovered treasure I will cherish forever!
    My deepest sympathies to Kate’s family and friends. I wish you all a lot of strenght

    And Kate…wherever you are, I wish you all the best

    When you go sailing ’round the room

    Korneel
    Belgium

  429. Amélie says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Je suis toujours gênée devant la mort d’un ou d’une artiste parce que même si sa vie a été en parti publique, sa mort est un moment de famille. Mais je ne peux m’empêcher devant la mort de Kate de la regretter, de ressasser mes souvenirs de spectacle. Elle est l’artiste que j’ai vu le plus souvent sur scène et que j’ai doucement aimé. Merci et je veux souhaiter du repos et de la paix à toute sa famille que ces derniers moments soient à son image.

  430. Luke Lea says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I loved her. So did my wife. Her songs meant so much to us. Now we are crying.

  431. ellen says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    my heart goes out to all of you. Kate and Anna are giants of Canadian music. Thank you for the songs ladies

  432. Joe says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Rest in peace, Kate.

    Thanks for tunes that still have me singing in the car. Fell in love with you and Anna at 16 — I’m 47 now. The time goes Pronto Monto, but memories of moments of joy — like buying and enjoying your French Record in NYC when I was 18 and away from home for the first time — stick around forever.

    My sympathies to Anna, family and friends.

  433. Matthew J. Falcon says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Your music has moved me. I send my sincere condolences to your family. Please rest in peace.

  434. christine dickerson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    as i write this i am listening to ‘talk to me of mendocino,’and remembering what the mcgarrigles and their music have meant in my life.what a gift kate was, and always will be. my deepest sympathies for your loss, my deepest gratitude for moments of quiet joy, and for so very many memories.

  435. Gerald Hatherly says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    This morning at 7:00 a.m. (in Hong Kong where I live) I spoke to my 82 year old mother who lives in Halifax and she asked me if I had her about Kate Mcgarrigle’s passing – she thought it was so lovely that her family was at her bedside singing. I have been a fan of the Mcgarrigle Sisters since the late 1970s when I first heard their music and their recording, “Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle” is still at the top of a pile of CDs that gets played in our kitchen. From my mother, to me, to my children, the Mcgarrigles have been a wonderful source of musical joy. My condolences to the Mcgarrigle and Wainwright family but her music will live on forever.

  436. Roger Ramsay says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    In 1964 I was a freshman at McGill and hung out with a group that included Hymie Tannenbaum. I came from the West Island and had my eyes opened. I fell in love with The Mountain City Four and especially Kate and Anna. I was 16 and remember the concerts in the Arts building. My life changed. I’ve been talking about it ever since. What a legacy of love and beauty!

  437. charles belanger says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Kate,you were so beautiful and it was so good to listen to you and Anna,better yet see you!I saw you in Montreal,quebec city,Ste Anne de Bellevue..i am still \entre la jeunesse et la sagesse\ and thank you for having stayed a Montreal,having been a blessing pour le Quebec,Canada,the World!Have a safe Journey!My deepest feelings pour toute la famille!!!Merci!

  438. Jim says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Dear Anna, Rufus, Martha, Jane
    strength to you. You’re all so beautifully talented, and so proud you put out such beautiful music. I watched closely, and thought, so far, so good, Kate is still in remission, and was hoping for another gorgeous, unique album some time. Good for her for doing what she loved up until the end, and thanks to youtube many of us can share the last several months. It’s wonderful to see not only on this site but on many, that MANY MANY people are deeply saddened, and highly appreciated the intelligence and talent. Best wishes to you all.

  439. pam says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Kate you were a genius, I felt privileged to be able to listen to your music, to watch your Christmas concert on DVD and to share that DVD with family and friends – it’s still doing the circuit!!. We all think we are also part of your Christmas family

    You have given a fantastic legacy to the world through your music and wonderful children who I just so admire as well

    I know you will be organising the singing up there!

    With deep admiration – Pam from Australia

  440. Steve Blake says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    A sad loss to everyone, the family and the fans. I managed to see Kate and Anna 4 or 5 times since the early 90s. The music and the lyrics were wonderful and often profound. Kate will be missed!

  441. alan says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Saddened to hear of Kate’s passing yesterday. Though grief is so personal, it’s something we share.

    Sad to realize her beauty is stilled. But her inspiration lives on.

    Even though I wasn’t familiar with all the work of Kate and Anna, I was always struck by the clear clean power of their voices.

    There was a song she sang on CBC radio at just before 1 PM that I have been trying to find. I have to paraphrase the lyrics.
    “Sometime soon and it won’t be long, you’ll call for me and I’ll be gone”.

    I hope someone can help me to identify this song.

    Alan,
    Sudbury, ON

  442. Michela says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    A light has truly gone out in the world. What a rich legacy she leaves behind. She and her sister have been a part of my life since I bought the record…yes, the record of the French songs in the 1970′s. I still cry each time I hear “Talk to me of Mendocino” and “My Town”. God bless you and keep you Kate.

  443. Richard says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the McGarrigle family.
    We’ve lost a fine Canadian today.

    Thank you for enriching all of our lives. You will be missed by many.

    Richard,
    Toronto, ON

  444. Andy Johnson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Just wanted the Wainwright and McGarrigle families to know that my thoughts are with your at this time of deep grief and incredible celibration of such an amazing life truly livedwith all the beauty that any being could possible muster.
    Love to you Anna, Jane Martha and Rufus
    My last show was the Vancouver Folk fest when you both headlined and blew the roof off the dump, which concidering it was outside was an unbelieveable feat.

    R.I.P. DEAR kATE

  445. Andy Johnson says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Just wanted the Wainwright and McGarrigle families to know that my thoughts are with your at this time of deep grief and incredible celibration of such an amazing life truly livedwith all the beauty that any being could possible muster.
    Love to you Anna, Jane, Martha and Rufus
    My last show was the Vancouver Folk fest when you both headlined and blew the roof off the dump, which concidering it was outside was an unbelieveable feat.

    R.I.P. DEAR kATE

  446. al says:

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for the beautiful music

  447. Michael Hart says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Anna and the whole family, my deepest sympathies. Michael Hart in Hong Kong

  448. Ileen says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Rest In Peace, Kate.
    You have brought so much happiness and healing energy through your music and your incredible body of work.
    I have been playing the Family Hour CD many times over this year for my newborn babygirl.
    Your spirit will be greatly missed, but your work and your legacy will live on.
    Sincere Condolences to family and friends.
    Thank you.

  449. gewebkijk says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:17 am

    You Live On In My Heart…

  450. GCT™ per DPP &KTK says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:20 am

    That song is Dink’s song. Our dear friends performed it at Pete Seeger’s 90th in NYC in May of last year.
    “If I had wings like Noah’s dove, I’d fly cross the river to the one I love”
    an old prison song from the Brazos River. I gots to to somethin’ till I get to GCT™ again

  451. Campbie says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I Think I posted a reply to 441.

  452. GCT™ per DPP &KTK says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I guess I didnt-
    That song is “Dink’s Song”.
    Kate Anna Chaim Rufus Martha and Bruce Cockburn performed it last May at Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Party in New York.
    “If I had wings like Noah’s dove, I’d fly cross the river to the one I love”
    A Texas Prison song from Brazos river area.

  453. Rose Lees says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I feel deep sadness, but I am also filled with gratitude for the way Kate’s music and wit has enriched my life and that of so many others for decades.

    May you rest in peace, dear Kate.

  454. Clarec says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:35 am

    My heart goes out to Anna, Rufus, Martha and your entire family. You have all brought such joy to others; please know that you are thought of with deepest love and sympathy. I hope time and memories bring you comfort, and that you continue to carry Kate’s inspiration and legacy in your hearts and music.

    Clare

  455. Gil says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Condolences to the family, very sorry to hear the news – my late Dad loved the McGarrigles’ music, and we had intended to play some at a memorial service for him this week. I think we’ll play it a little bit louder now.

  456. Campbell says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:39 am

    It is Dink’s song.
    Kate & Anna along w/ Rufus & Martha and Chaim & Bruce Cockburn performed it at
    Pete Seeger’s 90th last May in NYC.
    Old Texas prison song.
    “If I had Wings Like Noah’s Dove
    I’s fly cross the river to the one I love”

  457. Laurent says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Bonne nuit. Tes chansons vivront en nous pour longtemps. Tu étais des nôtres.

    XO
    Laurent

  458. Margaret White says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Kate…. you sang to us… and for us… thank you.

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to Kate’s family and friends.

  459. Greg Hills says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Oh well, darn. I just had a glass of wine with the one I love, lighting a candle for you, Kate, listening to Stella by Artois from Pronto Monto. Perfection. Thank you, Kate. Thank you, Anna. I grieve for this tremendous loss. I’ve loved your music for 31 years. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Love, Greg

  460. Jean says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Je me joins à tous dans ce moment de tristesse. Votre présence dans la vie Montréalaise m’a permis lorsque tout jeune d’élargir mes racines en comprenant qu’elle se mèlaient aux votres.

    Merci.

  461. alan says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Thanks Campbell. It appears there are many versions of the song, but a Tim Buckley version of the lyrics contains that line. The Dylan version doesn’t. The whole song wasn’t played on CBC but that line, in her voice, did resonate with her passing.

  462. Robert Andrade says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Kate and Anna have entertained me through CD’s, records, and a concert in California. My heart goes out to Rufus and Martha, Anna and Jane and their families. God Bless You Kate!

  463. Mark Reed says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:50 am

    This is a very sad time. You all have my deepest condolences. Kate lived her life well and she has somehow touched us all, influencing us, and so lives with us still.

  464. Joe says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Thank you. Good night, sweet woman.

  465. Erin says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Kate, perhaps your greatest legacy was not your music but your deeply committed and inspiring family. I saw you and Anna and Rufus and Martha in Brisbane a few years back; I respect you and what you’ve given to the world through them. Your new song Proserpina felt to me like Mother Earth calling her baby back home. How fitting. Rest peacefully and know we are forever grateful.

  466. Ian says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Deepest condolences to all in the extended McGarrigle family.

    I, like so many who have posted, also treasure the Kate and Anna performances I’ve been priveledged to share in my lifetime. And the sheer poetry of her words; the power of the music she wrote. I’ll be playing her music till the day I also pass.

    Rest in Peace, Kate.

  467. han van bree says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I just saw and heard ‘hard times’ on youtube and felt such a deep sadness that the beautiful Kate McGarrigle is gone; it’s a great loss for her family in the first place, but strangely enough it feels like I lost a family member as well; I loved the McGarrigles ever since I heard their music, they became part of my life; driving in the car we always loudly sing along with the McGarrigle (Christmas) Hour; I wish all who loved her much strenght and much harmony in dealing with this loss
    we love you here in the Netherlands!
    Kate, thanks for the music.

  468. STEVE BAYES says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Goodnight and God bless,Kate,. A wonderful lady, writer, singer and player.Thankyou for the beautiful records and concerts over the years. You are irreplaceable.
    Steve Bayes. Birmingham, England.

  469. Yves Lorson says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I will always remember that day in June 1977, I was turned down to do service in the army, and I was so very happy. And that same evening Kate and Anna played in Brussels and it was a perfect night. And every time i felt happy, I needed to put one of your records on my pick-up. I loved your beautiful folk-songs since that very same day in 1977. I still do. A few years ago I married “une Québecoise” and the few times i was in Montreal, I just thought “how great it would be to meet one of the McGarrigle sisters right here on the street”. It made me very sad hearing that such a talented woman passed away. Your songs will continue to make me happy Kate. Thank you so much for that. And my sincere condolences to Anna, Martha and Rufus.

    Yves, Belgium

  470. J. Kilmer-Purcell says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Peace. Music. Peace.

  471. david says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I was so very sad to read this. Like others here, I was at the Albert Hall concert and enjoyed it so much. One of the most memorable events I ever attended was seeing Kate, Anna et al at Union Chapel in London a few years ago. The music, the acoustic and the light were sublime. It felt like a unique experince of such beautiful quality. What an amazing life – what a sad loss.
    David

  472. ian brocklebank says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 8:15 am

    i was so saddended to hear about kates death,the music she created with anna was at once provoking comforting and innovate,she possessed a musical talent that was much appriciated and will be greatly missed,earth has lost a talent,heaven gained a star…….

  473. Alain Décarie says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Votre musique m’a accompagné depuis la fin de mon adolescence. Elle fait partie de ma vie de façon indissociable. Kate et Anna sont pour moi la façon idéale de vivre de sont art et ma source principale d’inspiration dans mon travail de photographe. Merci pour tout et bien qu’elle me manque déjà Kate est inoubliable.

  474. Françoise Richard says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Merci pour tous ces moments riches en tendresse et en harmonie. Vous m’avez accompagnée dans de nombreux voyages avec votre folie douce et votre son unique.
    Votre apport au Québec a été très précieux.
    Faites chanter les anges pour tous les tourments de la Terre afin de rendre la vie ici-bas plus douce. Sincères sympathies à tous vos proches

  475. Andy Pay says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Just read the news. Your music helped me so much during rocky times. What a remarkable woman. Rest in peace Kate X

  476. Stefan Saffer says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    My heart is in deep, deep sadness! Tho never knew Kate personally, her music was (and will be) a big part in my own musical life! R.I.P. here and join the angels band, Kate! There’ll be no hard times again for you no more!!!!

  477. Brian Farquhar says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    What an artist and what a voice. Dear Kate you will be so sadly missed by your UK fans. The good lord will surround all your family with love and affection at this sad time. To Anna a loss of a sister to whom you were so close, must be a feeling that we mere mortals cannot comprehend, to Rufus and Martha the loss of your mother must be the worst possible feeling of sadness. Kate has left a legacy in Rufus and Martha, your excellence has been given to you by your mother,encompass it with all your heart. God Bless Kate may you REST IN PEACE

  478. Mark S says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    My life and memories of my own family are forever entwined with Kate and Anna’s music and for that I am eternally grateful – R.I.P. Kate love to the McGarrigles x

  479. Jackie Grieve says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    R.I.P Kate McGarrigle. A lovely lady.
    My heart goes out to all the family. Thinking of you……. Take care.

    To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die…..

  480. Debbie Hana Peterson says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Kate, Anna and Roma’s performances in the late l960′s at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs NY when I was in high school and volunteered on weekends there, were like pure white singing lilies of beauty that lifted my heart and ignited a creative neurological system inside.I knew I was witnessing the finest quality of artistry, and must aspire to embody it myself, in whatever field of endeavor life called to me from. They were funny, cool, outrageous, gorgeous women to follow!
    When I moved out of my parents house and took an apartment on Franklin Square I was happy to find Kate and Loudon were my neighbors.
    Reading now in sadness and joy about her life and work, a huge soft loving presence moves in to join me, hand on my shoulder, whispering, ‘Yes, see? Give all you can, while you can. Leave Beauty in the world when you go.\
    Love from my heart to every sad and grateful heart in this time of loss.
    ps I moved to CA a few years ago and finally got to Mendocino and sang the song at the high cliffed edge of the Ocean.

  481. Devon Hanley says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    For over three decades I have laughed and cried while I sang, and listened to, Kate’s songs of life – sung by her and so many others. Her musical and emotional frankness made room for us to feel more. Her songs will keep singing to all of us.

  482. Pierre says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Bon voyage Kate

  483. Ken Wexler says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Seeing Kate & Anna at The Bottom Line yearly in New York used to be a part of my calendar as much as the equinoxes and the solstices. I interviewed them for Dirty Linen magazine in 1990 and they made it such an enjoyable experience. The best time I ever had at a concert was at the Lone Star Cafe in July 1984. Fairport Convention were the performers and, to my delight, Kate sat down on the barstool next to me. We chatted before and after the show, and I’ll always remember her great laugh and sly sense of humor.
    I’m sure that if I manage to get to Heaven one day the first thing I will hear will be “Entre La Jeunesse…”

  484. Pam says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Anna,
    This is a devastatingly sad time I know, but I hope you will continue to make music and share your unique talent with us.
    Xs and Os to you and Lily and the rest of your family

  485. Judith Garnett says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    In the early 70s I first heard Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s first album at a dear friends apt in married student housing in Durham, NH. She put the needle down on the record and said “You will like them.” That was a massive understatement. I have seen them perform numerous times. I, along with my then husband, became their groupies years ago, going to concerts daily in the midwest and driving from place to place to hear them. We met them and were even introducted at one concert. My husband arranged it all and it was the sweetest thing he ever did. My sister is putting Monto Pronto on CD for me, so that I can listen to the one album I do not have on CD. To say their music is the music of my life says it all. My daughter grew up with it and the two of us sing out loud and happily (albeit, me at least, poorly) to Kiss and Say Goodbye. Anna, I do not know if you remember us from the midwest tour, but regardless, I just want to say that Kate is sadly missed by me but I keep hearing your music in my head and my heart. Whenever anyone asks me what music I like there is one answer. Thank you so very much for the incredible joy you have given to me. I just introduced your music to a young friend and she was amazed and delighted.

  486. Rachel Corbett says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    This is such a sad week. I was just starting university at McGill when Kate and Anna cut their first record and that self-titled recording, along with Dancer with Bruised Knees, accompanied me through all the ups and downs of those amazing years in Montreal. I loved that they sang equally in french and english and there was no politics about it, just music. Canada has lost a treasure.

  487. Oddmund Kårevik says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Dear Anna, family and friends. What a great loss. Thank you for the inspiration your music have given me. I first heard about you during this wonderful album called Cool Christmas. I always feel kind of lifted listening to your music, even though it often is kinda sad. I think it must be all the heart you put in it. My heart goes out to you! Love over and over and always

  488. Kevin Leja says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Kate, you were truly one of a kind.

    Family, sending our thoughts and best wishes to you.

  489. Bill says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about Kate. When someone from your own generation who has delivered so much pleasure goes, it seems so abrupt. Kate always seemed like someone who enjoyed her music and her family. Seeing her sing live only a few years ago in Gateshead emphasised all her gifts – the voice, the songs, the sense of humour and the respect in which she was held by everyone she worked with. We drove back across the moonlit Yorkshire Moors last night , listening to Matapedia – Why must we die?.

  490. roger everatt says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve never before felt such grief for someone I never met. But Kate’s music has been so important in my life that it’s as if the loss is personal. How her family must be feeling I can’t imagine. Of course the music will live on for as long as we have ears to hear it – in particular those searing harmonies with Anna that cut far deeper than mere words and music – but for now it’s Kate herself that we mourn. I never met her, but I will miss her.

  491. Tony Dempsey says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Saw you both in Dublin in the seventies, one of my favourite concerts ever. Rest in peace Kate.

  492. Ron says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    It’s all been said, it’s so sad. I remember with such great affection the wonderful concerts at Convocation Hall in Toronto, lining up outside, seeing old friends gathering for the ritual wonder of a McGarrigle’s concert. So much pleasure over the years, such dignity and grace. Such wonderful music.

    My best to all the family; I look forward to many more decades of wonderful music.

  493. paul smith says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    i first heard kate and anna years ago when neil sedaka was doing a radio programme similar to desert island discs. bought the record as they say and feel privileged to have heard some of the most beautiful heart rending music of all time. i love you both.

  494. Lindsay Edmunds says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I found myself remembering the album Love Over and Over, right down to the original cover illustration (the Dore engraving). Music can get to you in mysterious ways.

  495. steve zimmermann says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    rest in peace sweet Kate. you made my life a little nicer with your music and your kindness to me when you invited me backstage at the Bottom Line NYC in 1978. Your music still resonates in me and is with me always in my heart { and I -pod} love steve z in nyc

  496. Bob W. says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I feel like an important musical portion of my life has ended. Kate & Anna’s music has truly been an integral part of who I am and who I have become. While I can still listen to old favorites, it’s disconcerting that the voice, style and wit has been silenced.

    She’ll go on singing forever in my heart. We’ll miss you.

  497. Frances & Rob says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Kate was part of the music aristocracy.
    We enjoyed many performances which
    connected with our family, from Rufas
    was a tit man, throughout the many years…
    our thoughts and love go out to Kates family

  498. Tommy Halligan says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I was shocked a few minutes ago to hear of this very sad loss, always loved both sister’s beautiful voices since 1975 , God comfort all the members of her loving family , Anna will sing on for both of them

  499. Ivan Smason says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Please add my sympathies to those of the other souls touched by Kate McGarrigle and Anna McGarrigle and Jane McGarrigle and the entire family. One of the highlights of my life so far is joyfully attending a McGarrigles concert in San Francisco around 1998 or 1999 at the Great American Music Hall. Meeting all three sisters after the show was a wonderful experience that I cannot adequately convey with words. Listening to their music is always a treat. I’ve been playing “Talk to Me of Mendocino” on my piano and some Stephen Foster melodies since I heard the news of Kate’s passing. Thank all of you again, and when Anna et famille are ready, I look forward to hearing more of your beautiful music.

  500. MJ Adams says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I wish the entire family peace. I send my love and share your grief in losing Kate. The news of her death hit me like wall because I’ve loved the music for so long. McGarrigle songs made an indelible mark one me over the years. As I wrote on Facebook today: I realize how much I learned about songwriting from Kate McGarrigle and her sister Anna. What an incredible musical family! Au revoir Kate!

  501. Charlotte Hassellof says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    This is a huge loss, mostly for the family!
    My thoughts are with you!
    Get afraid, got breastcancer this year.
    We do not know what is happening,,, but I´m for sure we meet again.
    Charlotte From Sweden

  502. Zora Margolis says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Kate and Anna have captured my heart and spoken to my soul since their very first album was released, with the poetry of their lyrics, the raw clarity of their music and their haunting and ethereal harmonies that I love to sing with. Like so many others who have written here from around the world, their music was the soundtrack of my life for the early years of my adulthood and I treasure the two chances I had to see them perform live. I am in my early 60′s now, too, and feel so terribly sad that Kate won’t be singing her reality of growing older with me any more. A great artist helps us to feel and understand our own lives as well as theirs. I hope that Anna can continue to write and sing for us– her songs, Kate’s songs, Stephen Foster’s songs, Jesse Winchester’s songs. Hard times, hard times…

  503. Max Roodveldt says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    It’s a sad day…

    With love…

    Max.

  504. John Edmiston says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Listening to “Move over Moon” as I type this……I hope Kate is up there with the stars

  505. John Henderson says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    So sad to hear of Kate’s passing The loss of a true Canadian icon
    Talk to me of Mendocino

  506. Rebecca says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    This is such a sad time. I was so so sorry to hear about Kate – such memories come flooding back when thinking of all that wonderful music. Heartfelt condolences to Anna and Kate’s family. And what a wonderful little clip of Kate singing in December. Thanks so much for leaving such beautiful songs and music.

  507. Iden Ford says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you Kate for all your wonderful music and sharing a part of your life with all of us for so many years.
    We will miss you but your music lives forever.
    God Bless.

  508. Robert Nunn says:

    January 21st, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Just a few days ago I pulled out my CD of The McGarrigle Hour, and was enchanted all over again by the beauty of the songs and the miraculous love among family and friends that came through so powerfully. I played it again and again. And then I learned, with great sadness, of Kate’s death.

    My deepest condolences to all those who love her.

    “Keep the door to her life open.”

  509. Peggy Hong says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:04 am

    the first album got me through college in the early 80s. i’m shocked the grooves haven’t worn out. no one does songs like kate. i miss her terribly. she is so beloved, but her music lives on through her family. she will always be treasured. thank you anna for carrying on and for your beautiful work!

  510. Greg says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Music goes to the human heart, and great music greatly so. So many people so affected by the sad news.

    Thank you Kate.

  511. françoise sudrot /montreuil/france says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:56 am

    De tout coeur with your whole family and a special kiss to baby Arcangelo( qu’il pousse dans l’affection et le coeur de tous) who could know his grandmother before she left you , in Paris it is so sad in the metro, but I ‘m so thankful for all the hope and help Kate and Anna gave me in rough times of my family’s life, c’est une immense joie et reconnaissance d’avoir pu explorer avec vous vos chemins d’amour de tendresse et d’humour tout au long de vos vies, tant d’amour et de partage en vous écoutant avec Emmylou qui a aussi perdu une soeur . Merci et continuez de vivre in the haze of love and song
    Affectueusement

  512. Michèle M. says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Anna, j’te lâcherai pas.
    Rufus et Martha, vous êtes des amours.
    Et j’ai vraiment hâte de voir la bouille d’Archangelo!
    Mi

  513. Peter Sloan says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I just found out and am so sad. I recall the visions Kate and Anna’s music conjured up in my mind and heart, like my favorite, the image of an old clapboard church with steam radiators making the sanctuary just a little too warm as the words to the song ring out, “Jesus, lifeline to my soul….”

  514. Maria says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 5:03 am

    My thoughts and love are with you, your families and loved ones at this time. the memory of Kate will live on in your music and the memories that you both have created over the years. You’ve brought much magic, wonder and musical delight to a many of us. Thank you for sharing your tremendous gifts and talents and spirits with the world. May you find comfort in this difficult time of loss.
    Maria

  515. Elizabeth Peirce says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    The first song I can remember clearly from the mists of babyhood more than thirty years ago: “we were like interlocking pieces/ in the jigsaw puzzle of life”.

    I grieve for Kate and send her family my love and sympathy.

  516. Laura says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    My sympathies to Kate’s family … My husband and I frequently think about how your family and its legacy has influenced our life together. We met because of your family’s benefit show in Muncie in 2002 and will always cherish the music you created together.

  517. russ says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i feel broken.

    Kate i am so sad to see you go
    and we will all miss your glowing
    lantern of song.

    My prayers and my heart are with you
    Anna, Rufus and Martha and your
    families and friends.

    may we all find a way through the tears…

  518. Patrick de Broux says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I heard the very sad news only today… To Rufus, Martha, Anna and the entire extended family: you are in my heart and thoughts… Je me joins à votre chagrin…

    I am a French-speaking Belgian who emigrated to the UK in the mid-70s. I had been an admirer of Kate & Anna’s music and songs ever since their first album came out in 1976. In the late 80s (maybe early 90s), my wife and I took some friends to Kate & Anna’s gig at The Anvil in Reading, UK. I had brought a ‘Good Luck’ card (which I dedicated to them in French, of course) and two gorgeous roses. On arrival, I asked one of the venue’s attendants kindly to ensure that Kate & Anna received them during the interval.

    When they returned to the stage after the interval, they didn’t say anything at all, but immediately launched, a cappella, into “À La Claire Fontaine”. This is a very old and well-known children’s song which has lovely stanzas about roses in it, including: “Je voudrais que la rose / Fût encore au rosier” (“I wish that the rose / Were still on the rosebush”). It was the most beautiful rendition I’d ever heard, with just the two of them, plus Jane, singing and the rest of the band just standing there, listening. Everyone was simply mesmerised by their wonderful voices.

    When the concert was over, they both came out from backstage to greet us and we spoke animatedly in Canadian/Belgian French for a good few minutes, during which they said they were so thankful for the roses and Kate also teased me: did I like their song, sung especially for me as a form of secret ‘Thank You’? I have cherished that very special moment ever since, and will never forget it.

    To everyone, I offer this beautiful song below, as a grateful tribute to Kate’s wonderful talent and joie de vivre, which will be sorely missed.

    À La Claire Fontaine
    [Chant Traditionnel]

    À la claire fontaine
    M’en allant promener
    J’ai trouvé l’eau si belle
    Que je m’y suis baigné
    Il y a longtemps que je t’aime
    Jamais je ne t’oublierai.

    Sur la feuille d’un chêne
    Je me suis fait sécher
    Sur la plus haute branche
    Un rossignol chantait
    Il y a longtemps que je t’aime
    Jamais, jamais je ne t’oublierai.

    Chante rossignol, chante
    Toi qui a le coeur gai
    Tu as le coeur à rire
    Moi je l’ai à pleurer
    Il y a longtemps que je l’aime
    Jamais je ne l’oublierai.

    J’ai perdu mon amie
    Sans l’avoir mérité
    Pour un bouquet de roses
    Que je lui refusai
    Il y a longtemps que je l’aime
    Jamais je ne l’oublierai.

    Je voudrais que la rose
    Fût encore au rosier
    Et que ma douce amie
    Fût encore à m’aimer
    Il y a longtemps que je l’aime
    Jamais je ne l’oublierai.

    Il y a longtemps que je t’aime
    Jamais, jamais je ne t’oublierai.

  519. Patrick de Broux says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    … (Continued from my earlier contribution)…

    Correction: the venue in Reading UK was The Hexagon. (The Anvil is another venue, located in Basingstoke, UK). I apologise for my earlier mistake.

    With great love to all;
    Patrick.

  520. Martha says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Peace be with Kate and her family, She shall, indeed, be greatly missed.

  521. Craig Gibson says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    So sorry to learn of the sad news .I can’t think of what to say ,other than i was 16 when your music came into my life and still it remains 30 years later in my top 3 albums.Rest In Peace Kate wherever you are.x

  522. eleanor says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I fell in love with the soul of Kate and Anna’s music 30+ years ago. My sympathies to both immediate family and greater family. So much love – so much music.

    a grateful montrealer.

  523. Vivian says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    To Anna, Jane, Rufus, Martha, and all who loved and miss Kate, my heart goes out to you.

    As a fan I was stricken to hear this sad news. As an archivist at the CBC, I was pleased to post a wonderful 1977 TV clip of Anna, Kate, and Adrienne Clarkson on the internet (just google \CBC Archives McGarrigle\ and you’ll get there). Most touching is the way Kate looks at you and listens so intently, Anna, when you speak.

    I read recently that, “grief is, in a sense, the price we pay for love.” It’s terrible to pay the price so soon. Strength to you all.

  524. Tom says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    When I was teenager……I got struck by Complainte…..
    Got all the albums…..
    44yo now…..will miss Kate……dearly….

  525. Jean-David Pelletier says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Montréal le 22 janvier 2010

    J’ai été très peiné d’apprendre la disparition de Kate McGarrigle. J’Ai 30 ans et depuis mon adolscence j’écoute cette musique unique et transportante qui s’écoute si bien l’automne à la campagne, spécialement dépassé la porte du Nord!. J’écris ce mémo uniquement pour témoigner ma gratitude aux auteurs de cette oeuvre et mes sympathie à toute la famille.
    Bien à vous
    Jean-David Pelletier

  526. Arna says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Sending you our deep heartfelt condolences on the loss of Kate. We’ve published a notice on our blog linking to this post.

  527. Evert Kloosterboer says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Dear family, dear all,
    On 23 April 2005 my wife and me went to see the Sisters and band perform in Vredenburg, Utrecht, the Netherlands during the Blue Highway festival.

    At last we saw you live! After so many years of listening to your records and cd’s. But….the show was delayed. A cow, standing on the railway between Belgium and the Netherlands caused that Kate arrived much too late on the stage. But then, there were the songs, new and familiar ones, the music, ending with ‘Mendocino’, Kate solo on piano. Unforgettably beautiful.

    Yes, your music became a real ‘lifeline to my soul’. It gave comfort and consolation during hard times. Thank you so much. May this and all messages help you to overcome these days of mourning.

  528. Dale says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    What’ll we do / when you are far away / And we are blue / What’ll we do?
    Wash your tears away: her soul’s gonna shine like a star!

  529. Kate Russell says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I am so very saddened by Kate’s loss. From the day a friend played “Dancer With Bruised Knees” for me back in the 70s, the McGarrigles have been favorites. Though my heart feels a bit bruised from the loss, I know her spirit is free and her voice will continue to echo through the universe. Loving prayers to her family and friends.

  530. Marc Levine says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    “Everyone dies but no one is dead”. Kate M- sadly missed in New Zealand.

  531. marcia potts says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I sent you gladiolas when you both came to Washington DC to Bethesda MD on WHFS radio to be interviewed in 1974/75 – I fell so much and remain in love with your music and just am heart broken – - I can only imagine how difficult it must be for those who really knew her like her family. I am writing this just so you have one more hand extended in love and sympathy — i and we who sign this page will remain always true to your heart

  532. Douglas McKeown says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    To Anna, to the kids, the whole sprawling family:
    I was at the Carnegie Hall show when we first knew Kate was so sick – what an emotional moment when she came out at the end to play for us! To know she seized life and played on is thrilling; to hear from you all such outpouring of love and affection and loss is deeply moving. You are all the most candid, funny, and touching bunch of players. But more, you are poets, you sing the truth. And that is Kate’s great legacy.

  533. Betty Rawlins says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I felt a real loss this morning when I heard Fresh Air replaying an interview. Over the years I have loved your families music. Such beauty and emotion.

    My sympathies.

  534. Jean says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I feel so saddened by this loss.
    I’ve lost many, but not sisters…

    I’ve been a fan for many years,
    worked at the Great American
    Music Hall in San Francisco and
    booked you there for performances.

    That booking was one of my proudest.

    Peace- Jean

  535. Gary says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    This news has shocked me more than I can say. Never saw her perform live, and now I’ll never get the chance. My condolences to her family and friends. A thought about this thread:- To inspire love in those close to you is a great thing; to inspire love in those that you have never met is wonderful.

  536. Mary Ann says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    My deepest condolences to Kate’s family and friends. I first heard the McGarrigle sisters in the mid 70′s, on the William & Mary College radio station. I fell in love at the first note with the beautiful harmonies and clever, smart, sweet, sad, funny lyrics. Rest in peace, Kate.

  537. Judy Witherow, Silver City, NM, USA says:

    January 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Dear McGarrigle-Wainwright families, relatives and friends of Kate,

    I am devastated. It’s Friday evening the 22nd, and I just heard on NPR/Terri Gross/All Things Considered, that Kate left us on Monday. What a shock,my heart sank instantly. Quickly I heated up my tea, lit candles then sat and listened to the replay of that 1993 interview with Kate and Anna by Terri. The first of their special few songs in the interview was Heart Like a Wheel–my all-time favorite on earth ever since hearing the McGarrigles sing it on TV in the early ’70s. Like so many of their devoted fans here in this thread and around the world, I’ve followed the sisters’ lives and careers almost from the beginning and have a special McGarrigle-Wainwright section in my small music library. Listening to any of their songs is always a treat and a pleasure. A good part of tomorrow will be spent doing that–listening…and remembering what Kate gave to the world.

  538. Anne says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Dear Anna,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your sister Kate – news that came as an unexpected and very sad shock this week. I’ve loved your albums throughout the years, attended several of your concerts, and identified with your music as a native Montrealer. Please know that you and Kate have left a lasting impact through your music, that it is much loved, and that the thoughts and prayers of fans are with you and all your family, especially with Kate’s children. I’ve spent all week listening to your first album with a renewed sense of joy and admiration. Few people get to leave such a legacy. While this was a life cut too short, I pray that happy memories will sustain you in your grief. God bless. Anne

  539. Réal de Québec says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Un silence de neige
    lourd et léger à la fois
    comme une tristesse retenue
    On dirait presque l’automne des sanglots longs
    Une Feuille
    vient de tomber de son arbre
    et c’est tout l’arbre qui s’effeuille
    (moi qui aimait tant lorsqu’elle vibrait dans le vent)
    Elle a quitté son arbre pour le chant de la terre
    dans la mémoire de nos saisons

    Merci Kate et longue vie aux tiens!

  540. Gregg Osborn, Tacoma WA says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I grieve with you all. May the gifts that you have shared with us in song these many years serve to bring you peace.

    Respectfully,

    Gregg

  541. Anthony Sacco says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Just heard the 1993 Terri Gross interview/concert on NPR. It was so great, and now so sad. I remember hearing it when it was first broadcast.

    I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said. I just want Anna and her family to know how much the McGarrigle sisters’ music meant to me. It penetrated my soul. I thank you for it all. We are all the richer for Kate’s life, and poorer by its passing.

    Anthony Sacco,
    age 64
    San Jose, California USA

  542. Jay says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Much love and deepest condolences from me, just a long-admiring stranger, to your wonderful family.

  543. Kath Crolla says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I’m a fifty-something from the UK… how much I wish I’d gone to the Christmas Show at the Royal Albert Hall.
    Thank you Kate for your beautiful, beautiful voice and songs.
    God bless.

  544. Art Bristow says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Loss of a family member is difficult and it must be particularly traumatic when it is the loss of one who provided such a creative and supportive relationship – one which was undoubtedly reciprocated. Rest in peace, Kate. Find comfort in the positive memories, your remaining family.

  545. Catherine McKay, Toronto says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I first heard Kate and Anna at the time that \Dancer with bruised knees\ came out. It instantly became a favourite, and has been ever since. I absolutely love anything by the McGarrigle clan. Although I had heard that Kate had been sick, I was nevertheless very sad to hear the news. You are all very well-loved. Kate, you will be greatly missed. Love to the whole family.

  546. Mathieu says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:34 am

    J’ai été bercé par les voix de Anna et Kate dans mon enfance. Je berce aujourd’hui mes enfants avec ces mêmes voix. Ils berceront leurs enfants de la même manière.
    Je t’embrasse affectueusement Anna.

    Mathieu, 35 ans, Paris.

  547. Richard Brown says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I’m typing this with tears in my eyes,immense sadness in my heart, and “Mendocino” playing in the background.
    The music of Kate and Anna has made me laugh and made me cry in bad times and good over the past 35 years. It is hard to believe that this remarkable duo will never sing together again, and I hope that you, Anna, when you’ve finally done grieving, will be able to carry on making beautiful music with the rest of your amazing family.
    My heart goes out to you all.

  548. Piet & Ali says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Dear McGarricles, Wainwrights and friends,

    It’s a sad day. We saw you all in The Royal Albert Hall in London in December 2009. Kate looks happy and full of spirit. Especially when the birth of a child of Martha was mentioned. But, life and death are very close.

    We love to listen to your lovely music.

  549. Jim says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 11:45 am

    im so very sad to hear of Kate’s passing, my thoughts go out to all her family and friends

  550. Zoe says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Like so many of the comments here, like so many other old hippies – you have been in my life for so long it is so bitter to face this now. Throughout the years – I saw you many times – in New York, Edmonton, Toronto – whenever I could. Like so many, you felt like sisters to me. This is too painful. And like so many, I will be pulling out records and cds. Death is never easy for those left and I wish you all strength, and some comfort in the outpouring from all the people who were so deeply touched by Kate’s life – and death. Be strong. Much love to all of you, and a special hug to Anna who I spoke with once briefly in Edmonton (about a million years ago).

  551. Narve Holm says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    The sad news finally arrived me here in Norway. I expect that Kate wouldn’t have appreciated grieving. So … just a little bitty tear, a deep dive down in my old vinyl, and two candlelights in the windowsill this weekend …

    … and condolences from thousands of norwegian friends.

  552. Dree Op t Veld says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Sad news, my condolences to the family. Kate will live on through her unforgettable songs and performance.

  553. Anette and Lotte, Copenhagen, Denmark says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    We are so very saddened. Thank you for the music, Kate.

  554. Ruud says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you for all the songs.
    My condolences to family and friends.

    Ruud

  555. Eleanor Connell says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    CONDOLENCES TO THE MCGARRIGLE FAMILY AND TO RUFUS AND MARTHA, I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF KATE AND ANNA IN THE SEVENTIES WHEN I WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD, THEY WERE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, AND TOTALLY OFF THE WALL, WHO ELSE WOULD WRITE A POP/CAJUN SONG ABOUT SAINT CATHERINE! KATE WILL BE MUCH MISSED,

    ELEANOR, LIVERPOOL UK.

  556. Suziq says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May all the wonderful memories comfort you and your family in this sad time. After many years had recently started listening again to all the wonderful songs. Thank you Kate for your sweet voice.

    I lost my sister in November, my thoughts are with you all.

  557. Denise says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I was very saddened to hear of Kates death. I read a beautiful article in the Times and am very grateful to Anna, Martha and Rufus for your openess in sharing your experience. Martha, my heart goes out to you as a new mum it really does.
    For me as for many, its “mendocino” that reaches my soul every time and thank you anna for making this with your sister. May you all find peace and carry on gifting us with your music.

  558. Sharon K says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Goodbye Kate. A life so vigorously and earnestly led stays an inspiration for me and I no doubt many, many more. Glad you got to see the kids do so well. Heartwarming that they got to sing you off on your next adventure.

  559. Wendy says:

    January 23rd, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I am moved to tears. Have been listening to Kate and Anna since the 70′s… French Record, Dancer.”Pronto monto.” I reconnected with a best friend from that era tonight on learning about Kate. Strong best wishes, be strong, Anna,

    Wendy in South Carolina

  560. Lester Hunt says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I will never forget seeing these two for the first time on Saturday Night Live. What a revelation. Rest in peace, dear one.

  561. Pam Blackstone says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I am deeply saddened at the news of Kate’s passing. I have been a fan since the 70s, and over the years your music has continued to bring me joy. Several of your albums have accompanied me to France, where I am now living. I often play it when I’m feeling homesick, and and your music has enabled me to feel that a little bit of Canada is here with me. Canada has lost a true musical treasure, who leaves behind a rich and wonderful legacy. My condolences to all of you.

  562. Bubba, Sweden says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Godspeed … you will be so much missed, you’re songs will stay FOREVER in the world as we know it.

  563. Jan (Holland) says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    It’s not the day \the music died\, but it comes close. The sisters leave a magnificent musical legacy behind, I treasured all my life, since the first notes of \Kiss and say goodbye\. I can only look back with great gratitude. My condolences to the family and especially to Anna, who lost a part of her voice as well.
    Jan Ram, Arnhem, Holland

  564. Wim Kiewiet says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Dear Anna
    So sad to hear this. Can’t find the right words, but I’ll give it a try. A beautiful woman and a beautiful singer hast past away, which makes me very sad.
    For me she will always be with me by listening to your and her music. I was very close to you in Amsterdam (1996), where I live. I was sitting on the stage and looking at you both and enjoying the songs, an evening which made me very happy. You’ve lost a wonderful sister.
    Wim Kiewiet
    Holland

  565. Alan, Doonbeg Ireland says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    They say that deat is a tradegy, it comes once, then its over.

    How sad that we should lose Kate. Have loved her music and fine song writing from the early seventies.

  566. Andrea Griggs says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Your music has brought joy into the lives of so many. Thank you. My thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of Kate.

  567. Ellen Schön says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    So sad a loss. Your music is a gift to the world. Thank you, Kate.

  568. Michel Alexis, France says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Adieu ma vie, adieu lumiere. Mes yeux se ferment a jamais sur ce monde. Je vous regarderai d’ailleurs en murmurant mes jolies ballades, juste de l’autre côté.
    A bientôt Kate. Merci d’avoir été là avec ta soeur. Tu ne me connait pas, mais je te pleure aussi.
    Mes condoléances a vous tous.
    Michel a Paris.

  569. pilib o duinn says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    amhranai agus ceoltoir den scoth. ta bron orm nach bhfeicfeidh me beo i. ar dheis de go raibh a hanam

  570. Dan Behrman says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Kate! So sad to see you go so soon… You brightened my life with your music, your kind words and your incredible sense of humor and that \crocodile smile\ of yours will always stay with me. Thank you for having made our world a better one in so many ways. I miss you already but you and your music will always live within me. Heartfelt thoughts to Anna, Jane, Martha, Rufus, Lily, Loudon, Chaïm, Joel et al…
    Forward on and until we meet again,
    Your ‘ole pal Dan Behrman from Radio-Canada

  571. Sarah, England says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I cannot believe that I have enjoyed Kate and Anna’s wonderful music for over 30 years. Losing Kate is like losing a friend. Like many others who have posted on this site, her passing has saddened me greatly. My thoughts are with Anna, Rufus and Martha xx

  572. Nigel Pamment says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Kate, I am sad you have passed, yet so grateful you were among us, thank you, and my love goes out to all of your people who knew you best and miss you most.

  573. Roderic says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    So sorry to hear of Kate’s death. I saw Kate and Anna live 4 times in the UK, and they made wonderful music, much of which is with us all forever with their recordings.

  574. maila shanks says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to the whole, huge clan…Love y’all forever

  575. Susan says:

    January 24th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I wore out my album of Kate and Anna in the 70′s. “Cool River”, “Heart Like a Wheel,” “The Swimming Song,” and later in the 90′s the whole family on “The McGarrigle Hour.” Not only were the songs themselves haunting, funny, beautiful, but Kate’s and Anna’s voices were almost ethereal, and the harmonies took my breath away.
    She will be missed.

  576. Jolie Pearl says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Ah, what a sad thing to read about Kate’s passing. Kate and Anna have always had a very special place in my heart, after hearing them in Montreal in the mid ’70′s, and then, after moving back to Berkeley, California, having the wonderful experience of producing an hour-long radio show about them, with their sister, Jane. That was 1978 or ’79. Kate and Anna have always represented a link to Montreal for me. And I’ve introduced my daughter, born in the late ’90′s, to their music as well.
    Kate and Anna ~ thank you for the gift of the music you made together and shared with us all.

  577. Doug D says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    My condolences to the entire family. Kate will long be missed.

  578. Doug D says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for years of joy and inspiration, Kate. Yes, a Texas cowboy wept when he learned of your passing.

  579. Jim Smith says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Kate and Anna, you’ve been woven through my heart for over thirty years and two dozen concerts. I’ll repeat what Kate said at a concert in Portland shortly after your mother passed away – We loved you a long time. My condolences, Anna, Jane, Rufus and Martha. Tears were shed.

  580. Eline says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    J’ai tellement pleuré en apprenant la nouvelle il y a 1 semaine déjà…
    Je repense à ces brefs moments où j’ai rencontré Kate ici en France. La dernière fois à Meaux en septembre je la félicitais pour son futur “grade” de grand mère, elle avait l’air si fier !
    Kate était une belle personne, dans tous les sens du terme. Et elle l’a magnifiquement prouvé au Royal Albert Hall ; je fredonne Proserpina…
    Mes pensées vont à la famille et aux amis et tout particulièrement à Anna et à ces merveilleux enfants qui sauront perpétuer ses qualités !
    Ô Kate, tu nous manques déjà tellement…
    Eline Bossard, Paris

  581. mike says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Kate & Anna’s music has moved me more than I can express – beautiful songs sung with so much raw emotion. I cannot recall any other artist that could write and sing a ballad with so much feeling – God’s speed Kate – now you’re free to soar.

  582. Ardith S. says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    My happy heart soared when I watched Kate and Anna lead Dink’s Song at the Pete Seeger Concert. Now I have a sad heart at the news of Kate’s death. So young. So many gifts. Thank goodness she shared them.

  583. Eilis and Cormac says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Our condolences to the family, thanks for the beautiful music.

  584. Daine Branham says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Dearest Mrs. Kate,
    Congratulations you have made it. You have no pain now.
    Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world.
    Sincerely
    Daine

  585. Colin Macdonald says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Pleased to contribute to Kate’s fund to honour such a worthy person. She leaves that legacy and much more besides. A fan from the start and privileged to see live in Wolfville on occasion mentioned by a previous post, some time in the past now but I do remember leaving the Hall in a daze, and with all that was good in me pushed to the front. Cause I was not afraid.

  586. William says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    So sorry to hear of Kate’s sad paassing.I was so fortunate over the years to see Kate and Anna perform in Belfast Dublin and London.I will never forget an absolutely magical and intimate show in the Rotterdam Bar Belfast.A couple of hundred people crammed into a small bar down by the docks.It was a truly magical night.The music will never die.Condolences to family and friends.

    William
    Belfast
    25 January 2010

  587. germaine hütz says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    my childhood friend (alan) and i always sang your songs in the bus to school… in more voices..we were 11 and 12. I’m sitting here and crying my eyes out. he’s gay and i love him (big sister) and I just can’t believe what I’ve read. we always sang each record through. Kate, GOD,rest you. germaine

  588. Drea says:

    January 25th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I just learned of Kate’s passing – I am so deeply, deeply sorry. I have loved all your music since the first album. At one point, my life could be summed up in “it’s my town, but I had to leave it. And head south where the climate is mild.” I continue to listen so very often. Now my listening will be coated with sorrow.
    Love from Drea in Atlanta

  589. maila shanks says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Love & songs…at least they never die, hein? Hearts broken all over the world. May everyone find comfort somehow.

  590. Cindy Thomas says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    My thoughts are with all of you. Kate will be missed. May “hard times come again no more”.

  591. MJ Adams says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I wish all of you comfort in this time of mourning. Tonight on my weekly radio show (FlowRadio) I offered a tribute of songs. I also posted a bit on my show’s blog about Kate and the whole family. http://www.flowradio.com/blog/ I hope people who may not be familiar will discover what incredibly beautiful music the McGarrigles have given to this world. Anna and Jane, I hope you will continue to give us your songs when your hearts are ready.

    MJA

  592. Josee says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Quelle tristesse…je ne peux pas croire que je ne verrais plus sur scène Kate soit avec Anna, Rufus ou Martha. Une mort prématurée difficile à accepter. Que de beaux et bons souvenirs de l’univers des soeurs McGarrigle, une musique exceptionnelle, des voix complexes et uniques, des musiciennes extremmement talentueuses et une présence sur scène chaleureuse et authentique. Kate nous laisse un héritage immense à découvrir ou redécouvrir. Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille.
    Josée

  593. Jan says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Dark hair, hazel eyes, red face and long hands. Yes Kate, Rufus did catch you just right and so clearly adored you. Rest in Peace somewhere over the rainbow now.

  594. Kim says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I too wish to send my thoughts to Kate McGarrigle’s family. I have really enjoyed her music for more than 25 years and always hoped I would see Kate and Anna again in the Bay Area sometime (I saw them at the Palace of Fine Arts in the mid 90s).

    I wish your family comfort and all the best.

    Kim

  595. Tom Nelligan says:

    January 26th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I will always remember the joy that Kate and Anna shared with their audiences when they performed here in Boston over the years. Thanks for your music. Happily, the songs and memories live on. My condolences to Anna, Rufus, Martha, and the rest of the McGarrigle family.

  596. Paula says:

    January 27th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Kate’s family and dear friends. She made the world a brighter place and will be truly missed.

  597. Martin Dwyer says:

    January 27th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Good Bye and Thanks

  598. Alyson says:

    January 28th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I am so sad for KAte and all family and friends. I am so grateful for your beautiful music that has meant so much to me and for your lovely concert in Sheffield, England.

  599. Mel Kusec says:

    January 28th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    When I heard of Kate’s passing on Januarfy 19th I was driving to work and I could not keep back my tears. Dear Kate, we will miss you so, so much.
    Anna, my deepest condolences to you and all the extended family.
    My wife passed away (also from cancer) 9 months ago and at her reception after the church service I played Heart Like a Wheel in her honour.
    I followed your musical adventure from the very beginning in the mid 70′s.
    Rest in peace, dear Kate, and may your music always be in our hearts!

  600. John Lewis says:

    January 30th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    She was part of our life…

  601. Rena says:

    January 31st, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I have been moved by your voices and music since I first heard your album in the 70′s. I am so sad to think her voice is now only a recording. May her spirit surround your family….keep singing. Our hearts still need your music.

    Rena

  602. Martina Field says:

    February 1st, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I’ve been so broken hearted since learning of Kate’s death that I just had to add to the many notes already here. It’s been more than thirty years that I’ve been loving your music as it has helped me through happy and troubled times. I was fortunate to have had a great conversation with Kate a few years back. She had driven Martha and Lily to the Blue Skies Music Festival. Kate initiated some small talk with me and we ended up talking about many things under the stars. I made sure to tell her what a huge fan I’d been and how much I loved ‘Matapedia’ and ‘Going Back to Harlan’ and that my then eighty year old mum’s favourite was the racy ‘Talk About It’. She was quite curious about the festival and what all people were doing in our neck of the woods. We must have talked and laughed for about a half an hour. I was taken with how familiar she seemed(she reminded me of my cousins,my sisters and even my mother)it was just so easy to speak with her. There were no pretences, no indirection, just honesty and generosity, ease and familiarity… like the music. I think many of us are so deeply saddened by the loss of Kate partly because we feel that we too have lost a friend, even though we may never have met. She at least confided in us. And she always told us the truth.
    I am so thankful for that visit and to have known this beautiful,wonderous and soul touching music that has helped me to laugh and cry and laugh over and over for so much of my life. I wish love, courage and peace to all.
    ‘Her little soul’s gonna shine like a star’

    Martina Field

  603. Amanda says:

    February 1st, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Deepest sympathies to you all, have been a fan of Kate and Anna’s since early days and their recordings were often hard to some by down here.
    Big hugs,
    Amanda, Christchurch, New Zealand

  604. Valerio Del Ponte says:

    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Solo oggi ho saputo della scomparsa della cara Kate.
    Io sono un fan italiano delle sister Mc Garrigle e sono rimasto con il fiato spezzato nell’apprendere della morte di questa grande artista.
    La ricorderò sempre con grande affetto e continuerò ad emozionarmi nell’ascoltare le sue belle canzoni eseguite con bravura anche dalla sorella Anna.
    Riposa in pace cara Kate.

  605. Dirk Hauska says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful music. You’ll always be in the soundtrack of our lives.

    We are carbon
    We are ether
    We are saints
    We are kings
    Why must we die?

  606. Helen Mitchell says:

    February 5th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Just a note to say I was saddened to learn of Kate’s passing. The world has lost a folk legend and a beautiful voice. I was at The Transatlantic Sesssions show in gateshead the other night, and the artists performed a beautiful and deeply moving version of ‘Talk to me of Mendocino’ in Kate’s honour. I have no doubt she was smiling.
    As strange as things in life are, my friend’s 16 year old daughter died unecpectedly on Jan 25; her funeral, also, was Feb 1st. I think I will always have a connection there in mind between the two of them. Rhianne had gotten a guitar for Christmas, who knows what is going on up there!!
    Thanks for everything Kate, you live on through your music…sleep tight and since we bid you farewell on the same day, look after Rhianne for us.
    Peace and love to your family.
    xx

  607. Carl Womack says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Once years ago I drove 200 miles out of my way to see Mendicino solely because Kate and Anna sang so beautifully about it. For the last few days Matapedia’s been running through my head. Now I know why. I had no idea. So sorry for all of you who knew her well. Many times I wished I did. Thank God I’ve still got her music.

  608. Johnny Maudlin says:

    February 7th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Just listening to Proserpina. It’s so beautiful. What a gift. What a life. What a loss.

  609. Robert says:

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    I was heartbroken to hear of Kate’s passing, I didn’t know she was ill. I’ve been a fan since I first heard “Dancer with Bruised Knees,” and her and Anna’s songs helped me survive the darkest days of my life.

    Deepest condolences to Rufus, Martha, Anna and the rest of your remarkable family.

  610. Carlos C. says:

    February 17th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I feel such grief. Almost as if it were someone from my family. And it was.
    The family of those who love music.
    “Heart Like a Wheel”…the most beautiful song ever written, the most out of this world beautiful vocal harmonies…

    A few tears are starting to trickle down my stunned soul…

    Goodbye dear Kate. Irreplaceable and unforgettable…
    Carlos, Faro – Portugal

  611. Markus 'giles' Koehorst says:

    March 1st, 2010 at 11:57 am

    My personal tribute to Kate:

    Kate McGarrigle – the Angel is with the Angels

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  613. dick kamphuis says:

    March 8th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I cry.No words can be said.When will you ever sing to me of Mendocino again?
    Goodbye. Dick.

  614. dick kamphuis says:

    March 8th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    there’s nothing to say. You told me everything I wanted to know.I mourne.Dick

  615. Marcel Bijl says:

    April 13th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Every time I watch the clips I have to cry…
    Miss you every day Kate

  616. Jeff K. says:

    April 18th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Greatest condolences to the entire family and the wonderful talent she left behind to remind us. At McGill we saw the sisters at the old Yellow Door, and as recently as last year, now married for 30 years, we saw the sisters at the annual Christmas concert in New York. We loved you so much, Kate.

  617. Michelle says:

    April 19th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Just a note to say I was saddened to learn of Kate’s passing. The world has lost a folk legend and a beautiful voice. I was at The Transatlantic Sesssions show in gateshead the other night, and the artists performed a beautiful and deeply moving version of ‘Talk to me of Mendocino’ in Kate’s honour. I have no doubt she was smiling.
    As strange as things in life are, my friend’s 16 year old daughter died unecpectedly on Jan 25; her funeral, also, was Feb 1st. I think I will always have a connection there in mind between the two of them. Rhianne had gotten a guitar for Christmas, who knows what is going on up there!!
    Thanks for everything Kate, you live on through your music…sleep tight and since we bid you farewell on the same day, look after Rhianne for us.
    Peace and love to your family.
    xx

  618. ian l'pool says:

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve been a Loudon fan since the mid 80s, i can see by the messages received why he wrote so many songs to you kate you must have been an amazing person, i,m inspired by the lovely messages to go and listen to your music now and i just know i’m going to like it

  619. Pat says:

    April 28th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Never had the pleasure of seeing Kate alive but certainly enjoyed her music and songs for many years. She will certainly be greatly missed by all her fans. She is an universal treasure. Pat

  620. Padraic Rooney says:

    August 2nd, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Its the 2nd of August 2010.. for some reason i come across Kate & Anna Mc Garrigle. I wanted to hear them sing Gentle Annie.. It was so beautiful. After I played it I seen something that said Kate was dead. It shouldnt be they should always sing forever.. God… May heaven be her bed.. and may heaven be a more delightful place now that Kate has gone there P Rooney

  621. Padraic Rooney says:

    August 2nd, 2010 at 2:22 am

    I looked on Youtube tonight to hear Kate and Anna sing 2Gentle Annie\.. It moved me..Then i saw something that said Kate was dead. I looked it up Im crying here. She and her family are a treasure. May heaven be your bed Kate, and trust me Heaven is a sweeter place now that Kate Mc Garrigle is there, singing in the choir sometimes. But mostly singing her own songs. and letting the rest of the heavenly voices join in Padraic

  622. Rozzy Hoope-Hamersley says:

    August 8th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    to all of the McGarrigle/Wainwright family I send love from a stranger who has adored the music that all of you have offered – and continue to offer – lo these many years. Despite the wrinkles that define us all, the love and affection and tenderness you feel for each other moves me in a hundred different ways. I first heard the dear and charming and beautiful music of Kate and Anna McGarrigle as a young woman in the late 70s’ – and the enticing and enchanting music of Rufus and Martha Wainwright much later – I am grateful for all of you and send you my love and support in the passing of the vibrant and effervescent great Kate McGarrigle. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do.

    love,
    Rozzy Hooper-Hamersley

  623. Nick Miller says:

    August 19th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I agree

  624. Tattoos For Girls says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    The last song she wrote Proserpina, and her last public performance of it will symbolise in my memory the contribution Kate made to Canada, world music and Peace.

  625. T says:

    September 19th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    So sad to hear this news – belatedly. Kate’s and Anna’s music has been a presence and a blessing in my life for 30 years or so. Came across this news whilst listening, as chance would have it, to Why Must We Die? and Song for Gaby.

    Come be our little seraph in this paradise.

    Condolences to all who knew and loved her.

    Tx

  626. Viviann Napp says:

    October 16th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    The spirit in the song will live forever.

  627. Berbel says:

    February 1st, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for the beautiful music.
    I still sing some songs of you both, for example; when i’m washing the dishes. (like: Heart like a wheel or Go leave)and then I always cry. Every dish again…

    All my tears of touchingness I will give them back to you with a bonus of extra love….

    Berbel
    From Holland (sorry for my English)

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  630. Johanna says:

    June 29th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Aus Deutschland mein herzlichtes Beileid!

    I love the McGarrigle-Records, and Kate is a big miss.
    Hope, she is well, whereever she may be.

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  633. Russell Cheek says:

    December 7th, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Reading this again in 2016…. nearly 7 years later, and I’m in copious tears.
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