ODDiTTiES ☆ Kate & Anna McGarrigle ☆ with additional notes about the songs.

Posted September 11th, 2010 by Anna

Go to Outside Music’s page and type in Odditties in the search box on upper left. Thanks. The cd will soon be available, April 2011, in the UK and Europe. Watch for news of it.

itunes link for ODDiTTiES

I’m cutting and pasting from the last blog yet my fingers are not sticky.
Odditties is: a few Stephen Foster songs, but not the versions that are already out on cd, a couple of Wade Hemsworth tunes including Log Driver’s Waltz but different from the animated film by JF Weldon, some vintage Kate and Anna, a lullaby for a doll, a studio version of a Cajun tune we used to do live, a very old live version of A La Claire Fontaine from 1976 and lastly an early 70s living-room demo about a lost cat called Louis. The music goes on.
Said the Gramophone Sean Michaels’s music blog about Louis the Cat.
And this NY Times article mentioning the Log Driver’s Waltz.

Some background on ODDITTIES.

Kate and I were famous for not touring. Our foray into the music business coincided with the births of our children so we kept long distance travel to a minimum though we did make it to Hong Kong and Australia in the mid-80s. To satisfy the creative urge we’d spend lots of time and money recording demos for projects, some unrealized. One of these was the great Stephen Foster biopic idea that Kate, Dane, Janie and I pitched to PBS back in 1987. We wanted to cast Jeremy Irons as the dissolute composer. We knew some Foster songs from our youth, Gentle Annie and Ah! May the Red Rose, but we needed to beef up the repertoire. Bob Borgen, who works for the L.A. Kings Hockey franchise, and his wife Minako have been great supporters of ours and they found us the Foster Civil War songs, Was my Brother in the Battle? and Better Times Are Coming. These 4 songs are all demos that were never released and in some cases are sweeter than the ones that did make it out there. Rufus is playing tambourine and singing on Better Times.

In about 1978, our friend John Weldon, an animator with the NFB, asked us to record Wade’s Hemsworth’s Log Driver’s Waltz which he was about to animate for the NFB Vignette Series that ran on CBC/Radio-Canada through the 80s. Most Canadians know us because of John’s really funny film. The version of Log Driver on Odditties was recorded a couple of years later when we were doing music for a documentary. Kate sings the melody on the verses which is the way we used to do it and I pick it up on the choruses. Gilles Losier’s fiddle puts it in the dancehall. Wade H. was a friend of Peter Weldon’s and Jack Nissenson’s with whom we sang as the Mountain City Four. He was the first songwriter we’d ever met and most famous for the Black Fly Song. Hard to believe he also wrote My Mother is the Ocean Sea, it’s so different, and must be his most beautiful composition. It’s in 5/4 time. Wade claimed this was the rhythm of the rolling ocean. To make it simpler for us to understand, he said count 1-2-3-1-2. We eventually caught on. Joel Zifkin’s violin and Danny Greenspoon’s guitar rock us gently on the waves while Jody Golick’s sax warns us about icebergs. Kate’s vocal is particularly beautiful and we all sound like sailors on the big chorus.

Kate wrote Lullaby for a Doll about little Martha, herself a doll, but a little doll that wouldn’t go to sleep like the other dolls. I remember Kate saying that when Martha was born, Martha’s whole life flashed in front of her. The image of a small child, herself with children and having a dentist, a doctor, to monitor each call, seems unsettling. A baby girl is born with all the eggs she’s ever going to have (in one basket), like the egg-chain in a chicken. Ah! the inevitability of it all. Joel and Kate produced this track. The late Scot Lang is on guitar and bass.

A la claire fontaine, Pollack Hall-McGill U.1976, with Chaim Tannenbaum on harmonica, was always our last encore. Often friends and family, my husband Dane Lanken, Peter Weldon, sistra Jane, later all the kids, would join us onstage for this old French folksong made famous by Madame Emma Albani, an internationally known star of the Opera, who was from Québec. Our mother Gaby told us that her father’s cousin Camillien Houde, Montreal’s most famous mayor aka Monsieur Montréal, also used to sing it to Gaby’s piano accompaniment. She said Houde had a lovely voice. One more thing about our mother Gaby. She played the violin in the Bell Telephone Orchestra. Things were different back in the 30s. I wonder if there’s a recording of this outfit. In the late 60s Kate decided to take up the violin and she glued the bridge on Gaby’s violin with crazy glue. It was crooked and had to be sawed off. The violin was lost along the way.

As Fast as my Feet Can Carry Me, from 1990 with Kate playing amazing piano and Pat Donaldson picking the bass like an automaton, a real power-couple, and You Tell me That I’m Falling Down were mainstays of our live shows when we had a drummer. Gordon Adamson is pounding them on As Fast and Gerry Conway is on You Tell Me That.. The band members could let loose on these two numbers and the songs were often set closers. The first of these I co-wrote with Chaim Tannenbaum, the other with Caroline Holland. You Tell Me That I’m F D was covered by Linda Ronstadt in 1975. Our version is from 1979. Andrew Cowan plays the guitars on both these and Chaim leans in with his mandolin for You Tell Me…Andrew described his guitar on As Fast as My Feet as sounding like a ski organ, whatever that is.

We learned Parlez-nous à boire from Louisiana’s Balfa Frères and worked it up for the stage. This studio version is from the early 80s with Kate on banjo, Gilles Losier on fiddle and feet and Andrew C. on guitar, Pat on bass and me on piano and accordion. Janie might also be singing on the chorus.

In 1973, I was working for a store-front lawyer on Wellington and Charron in Pointe St Charles, a working-class area in downtown Montreal, made famous by David Fennario in Balconville. I was leaving the store one night when this skinny little girl came up to me and offered me a kitten. I’m seriously allergic to cats but I couldn’t refuse. I’m sure the family didn’t have enough to eat themselves. The diet down there was baloney and beer from the convenience store. There were no supermarkets. I took the cat home and Dane and I named him Louis and doted on him as if he were a child. He was quite stupid but very charming. When he disappeared 9 months later we were inconsolable. We cried for 3 weeks. My friend Audrey Bean helped me write and sing Louis the Cat. We recorded it in my living-room on on old Sony 2 tr. The following year Audrey and I wrote Cool River which was recorded by Maria Muldaur in 1974.

Some of Kate’s and my happiest times were spent in her living-room singing and playing with our wonderful musician friends. It had become quite a spiritual pastime, especially in the last ten years, like praying without asking for anything. With eyes closed we’d listen carefully for what the others were doing. Kate would set a frailing groove on her banjo, I would find a drone part on the guitar, Joel would do a double-stop thing on his fiddle with a delay effect, Michel Pepin would rock the cradle in the bass end. Then we’d add the voices. Martha and Lily were there and sometimes Chaim was too, on harmonica and mandolin. Once Kate invited a percussionist called Ganesh to sit it. I’m pretty sure we reached Nirvana.

92 Responses:

  1. Paul Woods says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Oooh, what a nice surprise! I’ll download it at once. But I still so much prefer to have a physical product for my music, to pore over while I listen. Will this be available as a CD, Anna?

    Best wishes,


  2. Peter says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Love the art work, is this itunes?

  3. hana peterson says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Lovely.Thank you.

  4. Doug MacKenzie says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    So glad to hear this news! Thank you, so, so much!

  5. Doug MacKenzie says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    So glad to hear this wonderful news! Thank you, so, so much!!

  6. Tony Hitsman says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Looks good, especially the last one – \You Tell Me That I’m Falling Down\.

  7. Brock May says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great news. Thanks Anna.
    Brock (Vancouver)

  8. Rose Anne says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Where can I buy this?

  9. Leila says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Lovely, look forward to it. I’d like to get a compilation that includes Proserpina too. That would be magical. All the best.

  10. Mary Waltner says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I look forward to purchasing this CD. Your music speaks to me in a way no other genre does. Thank you.

  11. Mary Waltner says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I can;t wait to purchase this cd…..your music moves me in a way no other genre does. Thank you.

  12. Kathy Bouton says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I am so happy that we all can hear more of Kate and Anna!!!
    I would love to purchase a copy of Oddities!

  13. Howard Tessler says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    this sounds fantastic. would love a copy. I remember seeing you just after you were back from England. You played at a coffee house in Montreal–not the Yellow Door, maybe the Back Door? The stage was so small, some of the band kept falling off.

  14. Mondo says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Any new material is always welcome!

  15. John Conell says:

    September 12th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Will this be available on CD soon?

  16. John Steinhardt says:

    September 13th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I hope this is the first of many compilations. Is it only on iTunes or is there a CD? Any live performances – concerts – from the past?

  17. Steve Milanowski says:

    September 13th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    It looks as if ODDITIES is not yet available on cd…here’s hoping you will release it on cd.
    (Please let me know if that is in the plan).
    Also: still hoping to see PRONTO MONTO reissued on cd.

    All the Best.
    Steve Milanowski

  18. John says:

    September 13th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    When will it be available on CD? I can’t wait to buy it.

  19. Susan says:

    September 13th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Any chance this will be released on CD for those old-fashioned folks amongst us who still like to have a CD?

  20. Jim says:

    September 14th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I see a link for itunes. Will this be available on CD as well?

  21. Gord Hemsworth says:

    September 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Got the album via I-tunes yesterday. We will play it on our way up to the cottage this week. I was pleased to see that two of my Uncle Wade’s songs were included. He was an great oddity himself so it is fitting that he is on “Odditties”

  22. Jim St. Amand says:

    September 15th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you so much for your update. I certainly look forward to hearing and purchasing this CD by two of the sweetest voices since Sara Carter.

  23. Robert Bower says:

    September 20th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    One of the most important collections to be released this year.
    a jump start to forthcoming box sets of archives from Bob Dylan
    & Bruce Springsteen’s careers.Songs from the McGarrigle
    songbook are always a treat.
    These songs made me feel as if I were sitting at their 70′s
    shows at the Bottom Line nursing the same beer through both
    of their astonishing sets. Kate, your sister Anna made your
    proud by letting them be heard on itunes.
    Hope there are additional installments-More Parlor Songs
    from the homes & Kate and Anna in the near future.

  24. Campbell says:

    September 22nd, 2010 at 10:13 am

    A great record. Must buy.

  25. zz dans le meteo says:

    September 22nd, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Wonderful !!!

  26. Jordan says:

    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you, thank you! of course I’d love any collection of ‘new’ material, but this one is particularly fine. Let’s hope it’s just the first of many, as there are many unreleased songs I’ve been lucky enough to hear performed over the years and which have never been released.

    Now I hope you won’t think me daft, but for 25+ years I’ve been hearing ‘As Fast as My Little Feet’ and mis-hearing one of the lines as “I’m moving all my sweets in a bowl”. If one were moving all their sweets, I suppose, a bowl might be a reasonable way to transport them, but still, I suspect that this is not what’s being sung. What’s the correct lyric?

  27. gordon says:

    September 25th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    i need to buy my mother a copy of this for her birthday–and one for me! :-) when is the CD being released? kindest regards…

  28. Richard Brown says:

    October 8th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I’m too old for iTunes – please please PLEASE release this in a format that I can play in the car!

  29. Ron Gomes says:

    October 9th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Though I’ve never had it confirmed, I’ve always heard that line from “As Fast As My Little Feet” as “I’m moving all my sheepskin and bone”.

  30. Ruth Saltzman says:

    October 11th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Oh, so ditto on the CD request.

  31. Mary Kinsman says:

    October 20th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    So Very glad that I am now have access to these songs; when I saw the bonus tunes on the Mc Garrigle Hour DVD, I wondered why “You tell me that I’m falling down” was never recorded, (love it).
    “Was my brother in the battle” is so touching, and BEAUTIFULLY done. I, too would love to have a hard copy of these tunes to crank up while driving , as I do my other McGarrigle CDs!

  32. Mary says:

    October 20th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    So very glad that I will now have access to these great songs. When I saw you perform “You tell me that I’m falling down” on the bonus tracks of the McGarrigle Hour, I wondered why it had(to my knowledge) never been recorded(love it).
    “Was my brother in the battle” is so touching and BEAUTIFULLY done.

    I, too, would love a CD so I can crank it up while driving, as I do my other McGarrigle cds!
    I was so saddened when I heard of Kate’s death; it was almost like I’d known personally. I, also, lost a dear sister, after a very brave six year battle with cancer.

  33. David from London, UK says:

    October 23rd, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Yes, please, please, please can we have Pronto Monto on CD or at least available for download.

  34. Mary says:

    October 27th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Sorry to have repeated myself; didn’t think the first one posted!(:

  35. John Bailey says:

    October 27th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Great tracks! About a year ago I started pestering Rhino Records about a McGarrigle Box set. They were not encouraging. So I am thrilled to have some new Kate & Anna music to enjoy. I hope there will be more to follow.



  36. John says:

    October 27th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Great tracks! About 18 months ago I started pestering Rhino Records about a McGarrigle Box Set, they were not encouraging. So it is wonderful to hear some unreleased Kate and Anna songs. Are there going to be further releases?



  37. Jordan says:

    October 28th, 2010 at 12:28 pm


    Actually Rhino put together a 3-CD set of the Warner Brothers albums (Kate and Anna, Dancer, and Pronto Monto) in 2007 (follow this link: http://www.spincds.com/product.asp?id=9008991), but it was pulled at the last minute.

    Never learned why….


  38. Rob Smyth says:

    November 13th, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Would love to see ODDITTIES on some source other than iTunes (we’re not all in the iAge)! And please consider releasing Kate’s “Proserpina”.

  39. Patrick de Broux says:

    November 16th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Dear Anna,

    I hope you are keeping well?

    In my tribute to Kate [entry # 518], I reminisced about the lovely rendition of ‘A La Claire Fontaine’ that you both sang ‘a cappella’ at the Hexagon in Reading, UK. Imagine my delight at discovering, today, that you chose to include this marvellous song in ‘Odditties’: I just burst into tears as your beautiful voices were soaring and my heart was breaking from joy and pain interwoven!

    Thank you *so* much for thinking of including this beautiful song, which will forever remind me of the first and only time I ever met you and Kate.

    With great love and the kindest of wishes;

  40. Patrick de Broux says:

    November 21st, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I am very sorry for the duplicate entries above… After I completed entering the text, there was no indication that my submission had been processed and I concluded (wrongly) that it had been lost.

    In any case: thank you for all the magical singing and playing.
    Please keep well and joyful.

    With great love to everyone;

  41. Anna says:

    November 22nd, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    We are releasing Odditties in Canada to start (any day now, the cd is pressed) then the UK and Europe and maybe the US in the New Year. As regards Proserpina, I don’t think there’s a good recording of Kate’s live performance at RAH other than the youtube vids that are already posted. Joel Zifkin is good at digging up stuff on the internet. He might come across someone who recorded it in Dec 09. There is a little distorted demo Kate made when she wrote it last Oct and Martha has already recorded her own version of it. Now it will be Rufus and Martha’s decision whether or not to release what there is. There will definitely be a re-issue of the 1st K&A record with early demos including some great solo ones of Kate from 1971. Nonesuch is committed to releasing these. We’re just not sure when.

  42. Jordan says:

    November 24th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    That’s all wonderful news, Anna! Thank you for the work you are doing to make all this wonderful music more widely available. While you’re on the subject of early, unreleased material, is there any way that the recordings made in the early 1980′s at Le Studio might find their way out of the vault? I have listened to a tape filed with the US Copyright Office of what seems like a fully realized album that never saw the light of day. I needn’t point out that this is not the best way to listen to music, but it was a very moving experience nonetheless. I am sure I’m not the only person who would find a “real” release to be a revelation.

  43. Michael says:

    November 30th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    That’s wonderful news – many thanks Anna! Now I wish Martha and Rufus would do a whole album of Kate and Anna songs …
    All the best from Germany,


  44. Ian says:

    December 4th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    It is wonderful to have these tracks available on Oddities, and it may seem churlish to want more, but I was moved to tears by Teddy Thompson’s rendition of “Saratoga Song” at the celebration of Kate’s life at the Royal Festival Hall in May. I have since heard there is an early demo of this by Kate that may be available for release. Is there any chance this might be part of the K&A re-release mentioned above?

  45. Bill Adair says:

    December 7th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    What a wonderful surprise to see that Odditties is to be released on CD. When will it be released in the UK? Please, please, please, can we have Pronto Monto on CD.

  46. Sarah says:

    December 11th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you for telling the stories behind the songs on the albums. I like the album anyway, but I always love to hear the stories that go with songs as it adds an extra layer of meaning. I have to say that I find ‘My Mother is the Ocean Sea’ particularly touching and beautiful. It resonates with me anyway,… the song itself and also the way it is sung performed. I also feel lucky to have fairly recently found the choir that I now sing in, which has a real feeling of community with it. There are not many things better than creating music with a group of people. Anyway, best wishes and I look forward to any future releases and stories.

  47. Peter says:

    December 12th, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Amazon UK is importing this and the CD is expensive. I ordered mine from Amazon Canada and even with express delivery it is under half the price of the UK importer.

  48. campbell says:

    December 12th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I believe I know some of the people herein metionned.
    Stephen Foster would nae ha’ died broke had you been there.
    This aural offertory is wondrous- a gem !

  49. Michele says:

    December 12th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Lovely! I have an unrelated request. Have searched high and low for a recording I heard on a public radio Christmas show in 2005. It was of Martha and Rufus, recorded when Martha was only five, I believe. Not sure, but I think the tune may have been “il est ne/ca bergers”. It was about the sweetest thing I have ever heard. Was it ever released? Or just played on that show? Thanks so much!

  50. Robb Reed says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Can you say when “Oddities” will be available on CD? And where?



  51. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hello Robb,

    At the moment, Odditties is available on CD in Canada only. I’m trying to find distribution in other territories. The music biz has changed. It’s everyone for himself. Some who are not in Canada seem
    to be buying it from Amazon.ca and having it shipped. Apparently it’s less than buying it at other amazon sites even when you factor in the cost of shipping. The distribution company is Outside Music
    in Toronto. outside-music.com
    I don’t know if they sell directly on the site.
    I hope this info helps. Thanks for your interest.

  52. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    That’s interesting. Not sure how NPR got a hold of it. Kate may have given it to someone. There is a living-room recording of Rufus, Martha and Kate doing D’ou viens-tu bergere. It’s from the early 80s I think. It will be up to Rufus and Martha to release this. I’ll mention it to them and maybe they know where the song is.



  53. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:46 pm


    I’m still looking for a distributor for Odditties in the UK, US, Europe and OZ/NZ. Times have changed. Pronto Monto is owned by Warner Bros and they’ve never released it on CD. I’ve asked to license it but it’s unlikely they would let me as I’m not a full-on label. I don’t know why it can’t be available as a download, for that matter, Dancer with Bruised Knees. There is a deluxe edition of our first recording, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, slated for release at some time in the near future. Warners would include a disc of some early demos in this package.


  54. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Yes. Kate made a demo of songs in 1971, a couple about her life in Saratoga Springs, NY. It was sent to Warner’s but she didn’t get signed at that time. Rationale was there were too many women singer-songwriters playing piano…Carole King? We’re hoping some of these songs will end up in the deluxe edition Nonesuch is planning of Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1st record.)


  55. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I’m not sure I know what recording you’re talking about. The 80s were not a good time for us. Couldn’t get killed but that didn’t stop us from writing and recording in studios we couldn’t afford. How can I find out?
    We did copyright things and probably sent a tape to the LofC. Would love to hear it.


  56. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Yes. Rhino was going to release our 3 Warner records + demos. We never really got back to them. Too much stuff going on. Then Kate died and Nonesuch has stepped in to re-release a deluxe of the 1st record only with early demos. Not sure what is going to happen with Dancer and Pronto. They hold the cards.


  57. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I have another compilation I’m working on. All the songs were done to a drumatix drum machine. We started slowly sorting the tracks about 2 yrs ago. It was to be called Songs of Roland. Soon.

  58. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Was my Brother in the Battle is much more beautiful on Odditties than on Songs of the Civil War. It was the demo we sent to get the gig. I have suffered from demo syndrome my whole life. Kate too.

  59. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    remember afghan coats? back when afghanistan was just another destination for drug users…

  60. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    sin skin and bone

  61. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    available on cd in canada only for the time being.

  62. Anna says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    available on cd in Canada only for now.

  63. Campbell says:

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I see what you meant about spam.
    You have every right toulouse temper
    Thought webspam governed by Treaty of Lowtech
    Perchance ’tis I who be sans compos.

  64. Peter says:

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Calm down now Anna and relax with a cuppa, its only technology.

  65. Riemer Sijens says:

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Dear Anna,
    Thank you so very much for making Odditties available to us/to the world. It’s beautiful. “More, more!!” is what I think when I listen to it (“over & over”) but I’ll just remain humble as this is already fantastic.
    I ordered my copy last Wednesday through Outside Music and already received it last Monday. Fantastic service as I live in the Netherlands and shipping went superfast. Thanks Dennis !

    I saw you and your sister (and family) a few times over here, those were really great events. I regret (forever) that I wasn’t able to attend the London Christmas show at the Royal Albert Hall last year.

    By the way, are you all aware of the (Dutch) Kate and Anna radio recording from 1976 that you can still listen to online ? It’s here:


    Kindest regards,


  66. Michael says:

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I ordered my copy of “Oddities” from amazon.ca and received an email yesterday that it’s going to be shipped in April 2011. Strange indeed! But I guees it’ll be worth waiting …

  67. Anna says:

    December 16th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Someone commented just a few comments back that they went to the outside-music.com site and ordered directly. It arrived within days and he’s in Holland.

  68. Campbell says:

    December 16th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    It’s MORE than worth waiting for.

  69. Peter says:

    December 16th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I just had an email off Amazon Canada, they are shipping again. Great value,

  70. Campbell says:

    December 20th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Amazon in Canada has started shipping.
    Huzzah !

  71. Michael says:

    December 25th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Yes! My copy arrived on Christmas Eve here in Winter Wonderland (Germany) – perfect timing! Happy Holidays everybody!

  72. jane says:

    January 7th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    At last, my copy has arrived here in Oz, joy!
    It seems we always want more I guess? To hear more of our favourite sisters …
    Anna thank you for your notes and for sharing such special memories. Please keep singing, jamming and also please keep blogging! There are so many of us around the world who have been moved and inspired by your music. peace and love to you all.

  73. Phillida Hayward says:

    January 10th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Anna

    I am in the UK and ordered Oddities from Outside Music on 28th December, it arrrived today, in spite of all the postal problems and new year holidays. People certainly don’t have to wait until April to get it here. What a beautiful album, I am loving it. Fabulous harmonies and it will get played A LOT!


  74. Ruth Saltzman says:

    January 17th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Dear Anna
    Ordered Oddities Dec. 22; what with Holidays and Snowstorms, my CD only arrived this past Friday. Such a balm, as my body and mind were by then re-membering the loss of Kate just one year ago. I am so grateful.

  75. Alexander says:

    February 2nd, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Dear Anna,

    I also ordered around the 20th of December at Outside Music. Due to European customs it took 3 weeks until the CD arrived – what a fine album! I love it!

    a fan since my times working in a record store in Munich, Germany in the early eighties.

  76. oldfolkie says:

    February 21st, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I just got my copy this morning and am going to pop it in the ‘puter right now.
    No problem at all ordering it from Amazon.ca and getting it sent down here to the States.
    It only took 5 days from order to delivery to get here.
    Bye, now.
    It’s time for some good music.

  77. Dirk says:

    February 24th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    It DOES make sense to check your homepage from time to tome. I’m thrilled and delighted and thankful for itunes (I couldn’t have waited for much longer than the download time).
    All the best from Switzerland:

  78. Duer McLanahan III says:

    March 7th, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I always adore listening to your 1st album, Kiss & Say Goodbye, My Town, Tell My Sister, Complainte Pour St. Catherine. I love Andrew Gold’s lead guitar: amazingly bright chorus sound fills and flourishes. I also love Steven Gadd’s drumming throughout. Talk to Me of Mendocino. All the songs are gems of musicianship, instruments and harmonies in every moment.

    1) What’s the order in which you, Anna, and Kate respectively learned how to play the many musical instuments you play?
    2) What instruments did your father teach you each to play?

    I hope you received my 3/5/11 “Reply.”

    Tonight I loved watching Complaint for St. Catherine on YouTube with Kate on squeezebox, Anna on piano, electric guitar, fiddle, great harmonica—an altogether wonderfully cohesive musical blend.

    Best regards, love, exemplary health to you all,
    Duer McLanahan III

  79. Maria says:

    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you so much Anna for releasing this; just ordered it on amazon and cant wait to hear it. I was blessed to see you and Kate perform many years ago at the Bottom Line. I still remember all you in your pajamas. One of the best, most authentic shows I’ve ever seen.

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  81. Milo says:

    December 29th, 2011 at 9:57 pm


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  85. Denise Walsh says:

    August 7th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks to our wonderful world communications and your generous sharing
    I “found” the McGarrigle sisters in their early days and now, in my 80th year, I’m trying to get both Oddities and the latest tribute albumn.
    Australia is a long time away but I lived in Montreal in the mid 70′s.

  86. Joop Horsten says:

    May 10th, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Dear Anna,

    I collect the wonderful music of you and kate since a couple of months, I am totally blown away by your heavenly voices, anytime again when I listen to your records !

    I am searching for the Oddities-cd but unfortunately I can’t find it anywhere ??

    Please tell me how I can buy one ? Or even more beautiful send me one, tell me how much it costs.

    Thanks very much.

    Musical regards,

    Joop Horsten
    Zoeteind 9
    5502 PM Veldhoven
    The Netherlands

  87. Sophie says:

    June 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hi Anna,

    I’ve been searching for the Oddities CD everywhere for my mother for her birthday. I’ve been searching two years for it. I’ve had it on order at HMV for almost a year now, still no news. I’m in Montreal, so I thought it would be easier to get my hands on one. The copies you had ordered in 2010 must be all sold. Are you thinking of having more ordered? Thanks so much!

  88. Karen says:

    September 28th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Anna, I listened to your group’s performance of the song “My Mother is the Ocean Sea” on youtube, and it is transcendentally wonderful. I want so much to buy a recording, but it’s not available for purchase anywhere I’m aware of.

    Please consider making it available somehow.

    Thanks for your lifetime of inspiring music-making

  89. Anna says:

    October 6th, 2014 at 8:38 am


    The studio version of My Mother is the Ocean Sea is on Odditties with the same personnel. The youtube video is the property of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and I haven’t heard of any plans to release this song on a compilation. I’ll look into it though.

    Thanks for your interest.


  90. steve says:

    February 3rd, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hello Anna,
    I watched “Not so Silent Night” last night, so, so wonderful. I loved the shirt Lily had on, a McGarrigle shirt from “Love over and Over”. sure wish they were available to buy. Also, so happy to hear “you Tell me that I am falling down” and “Fast as my little feet” on Oddities. We had a mutual friend Anna, Robert Bower, who was the kindest person I know. I met him in the 1970s standing on line for one of your shows. We remained friends until his passing and often attended your concerts together. I actually found out about his passing from your website… He never spoke much about his illness. He is missed ever time I listen to Leonard Cohen or the McGarrigles.

  91. Elvis Delgado says:

    June 12th, 2015 at 10:37 am


    On December 14th, 2010, you wrote, “I have another compilation I’m working on. All the songs were done to a drumatix drum machine. We started slowly sorting the tracks about 2 yrs ago. It was to be called Songs of Roland. Soon.”

    Four-and-one-half years on now, is there anything to report? I am surely not alone in my eagerness to hear this!

  92. Michael Rimmer says:

    July 7th, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Hi guys I hope you can help me I have been looking In vain for the banjo tablature for foolish you and have been unsuccessfull,I have tried different site for folk and traditional music but to no avail please could you help me as I love this particular track

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