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

Posted February 9th, 2011 by Anna

A Celebration of the Music of Kate McGarrigle

Town Hall, NYC May 12 and 13, 2011

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

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

10 Responses:

  1. Campbell says:

    February 10th, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I am so there! Have engaged 200 piece Triestino mandolin orchestra for overture.

  2. David from London, UK says:

    February 13th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Is it going to be recorded for release?

  3. anna says:

    February 13th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    There are plans to record and maybe film it.

  4. Kristine says:

    February 18th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I feel very lucky I was able to see the wonderful tribute show in London last year. I hope the plans to record/film go ahead as these shows will, i’m sure, be just as amazing.

  5. Gregg Osborn says:

    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    If at any point in the program you feel moved to stage dive, aim for Extreme Stage Left. I’m in Row E, and I will be there for you. This is only good for Thursday night.

  6. Duer McLanahan III says:

    March 5th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Hello, Anna, Jane, Rufus and Martha,

    I’m planning to bring my daughter and friends to the 5/13 Friday show. If I wait till 4/21 to buy tickets at the Town Hall box office, will there likely still be available tickets? If it seems unlikely, then I’ll purchase from Ticketmaster. Due to the economic recession, I’ve little money, so Town Hall is least costly because they don’t add any fees to the basic ticket cost. Or do they?
    I’m happy that celebrating Kate will be recorded and, hopefully, filmed. It indeed deserves both, as did its regaled predecessor, the 1969 Woodstock (Aquarian) Music & Art Festival on Max Yasgur’s farm in Wallkill, NY. Hail Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock”!—popularized on “Deja Vu”, the first Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album. I hope to compose a eulogistic, homage-to-Kate song and this moment have well-intentioned my inspiration to begin contemplating its subject, her life, as I knew and know it; and related themes.

    Best regards, health, love and happiness to you all, and to Chaim, Dane, Sloane, Loudon, Teddy and Andy, and their families and children,

  7. John Hart says:

    March 15th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I’m guessing there’s not much chance of this coming to Australia one day but either way good luck with the show & great news that’s it’s going to be recorded & maybe filmed-just wish I could get there.

  8. Campbell says:

    May 25th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    i was there we stayed out too late

  9. Gregg Osborn says:

    April 16th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    What is the status of the film of the concert? Is it to be part of a larger project/biography?

  10. Anna says:

    April 17th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Gregg,

    The film on Kate is being shown at the London Sundance Festival end of April. I believe it’s mostly a concert film now.

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