Rufus and Martha Wainwright Perform Live

Monday, May 02, 2011

Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright perform songs by Kate McGarrigle live in our studio. A two-night tribute to Kate McGarrigle will be held at Town Hall, May 12-13. It features performances by Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and her sister Anna, as well as Emmylou Harris, Antony Hegarty, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson, among others. Profits from the concert will go toward creating the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund.


Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright

Comments [18]


God, this brings me back. The McCarrigle sisters were like a spring-fed brook, watering the wild violets and skunk cabbage. And to be followed in the next generation by two such talents -!! Thank you very much for this segment, and I'll be looking for the re-release.

May. 03 2011 04:52 PM
Sarah from London

The interview and singing are extremely beautiful and touching and I feel sad that someone feels the need to be critical in the comments. This interview is about Martha and Rufus' mother, Kate, who passed away. It helps to raise awareness for her and others who have and are suffering from cancer; as well as celebrate her life and songs. Thanks for sharing this interview and making it available to all!

May. 02 2011 03:23 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

CL - you admit that you're not a professional singer, but somehow are entitled to criticize a professional singer's voice? it's as much as admitting you don't know what you're talking about, so don't talk.

those who can't do usually criticize.

May. 02 2011 01:46 PM
Martin from Brooklyn, NY

Answering my own question:

Nonesuch to Release "Tell My Sister," Three Discs of Music by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, on May 3


May. 02 2011 01:15 PM
Martin from Brooklyn, NY

Anyone know the title of the new 3-CD compilation of the McGarrigle songs that was mentioned?

Really looking forward to these concerts.

May. 02 2011 01:05 PM
CL from NYC

re: "thatgirl" comment--

Oh, I get it. Professional singers-- and I am not one (so I don't know what your "glass houses" reference can mean)-- shouldn't ever be critiqued, especially if their voices are problematic. I'd suggest that you "give it a rest," but apparently that is your default cerebral state.

May. 02 2011 12:52 PM

Beautiful songs.
In response to Rufus' comments, there is a rare form of breast cancer, IBC, that doesn't receive attention/funding for research, as it mainly afflicts younger women.

May. 02 2011 12:45 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

love to rufus and martha for keeping these songs, and kate's memory alive--aside from their own fine work!

CL--give it a rest. glass houses and all that.

May. 02 2011 12:41 PM
Loren from CT

thank you for the beautiful music and tribute. Both of these artists, as well as their mother, have just gained another fan.

May. 02 2011 12:40 PM
John from Woodcliff Lake, NJ

the entire Wainright-Mcgarrigle-Roche family circle of musicians are incredible and the most underrated and the most creative performers of my generation.

May. 02 2011 12:39 PM
CL from NYC

Lovely song, but Rufus is flat.

May. 02 2011 12:31 PM
julia from new york

The vibe in their interview is so strange- everyone is competing to be heard! There's such a tremendous amount of talking over one another. Weird.

May. 02 2011 12:31 PM

The Wainwrights sound incredible together. A beautiful alternative to the Bin Laden coverage.

May. 02 2011 12:30 PM
Hazel from New Jersey

Kate McGarrigle was a wonderful songwriter and we're lucky to have those songs. Rufus, however, is insanely overrated.

May. 02 2011 12:28 PM
Sylvain from NYC

From this first song that I hear, I recognize echoes of the legendary French Canadian author-composer Felix Leclerc. Can you ask the Wainwrights if they think their mom was influenced by him? Thank you.

May. 02 2011 12:28 PM
todd in Brooklyn

you are breaking my heart

May. 02 2011 12:28 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

Come on now, leave this for sound check. Please.

May. 02 2011 12:27 PM
Hugh Sansom

Whoever the guest is who is pontificating on al Qaeda is wrong on a good deal.

The CIA says that Egypt's literacy rate is over 71%.

Juan Cole absolutely rejects the claims about right-wing religious extremists are gaining ground.

May. 02 2011 12:15 PM

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