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McGarrigles 1977 - Dancer With Bruised Knees (320)
Although not as well-received as their classic 1975 debut album, it is
still considered a strong record, with several notable folk musicians on
hand to contribute a bluegrass feel to many of the tracks. The album
also includes three French songs, one by the McGarrigles
with Philippe Tatartcheff, and two traditional numbers. Guest musicians
included John Cale, Dane Lanken, Bill Monroe, Dave Mattacks and Pat
01. Dancer With Bruised Knees 02. Southern Boys 03. No Biscuit Blues 04. First Born 05. Blanche comme la neige 06. Perrine Etait Servante 07. Be My Baby 08. Walking Song 09. Naufragee Du Tendre (Shipwrecked) 10. Hommage A Grungie 11. Kitty Come Home 12. Come A Long Way
McGarrigle and Kate McGarrigle were born in Montreal of mixed English
and French-Canadian background, but lived their childhood in the
Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quιbec,
northwest of Montreal, where they learned piano from village nuns. In
the 1960s, in Montreal, while Kate was studying engineering at McGill
University and Anna art at the Ιcole des Beaux-Arts de Montrιal, they
began performing in public and then began writing their own songs. From
1963-1967 they teamed up Jack Nissenson and Peter Weldon to form the
folk group Mountain City Four. Kate and Anna McGarrigle continued to
write, and recorded and performed music into the twenty first century
with assorted accompanying musicians including: Gerry Conway, Pat
Donaldson, Ken Pearson, Michel Pιpin, Chaim Tannenbaum, and Joel Zifkin.
songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Maria
Muldaur, Nana Mouskouri, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg,
Chloι Sainte-Marie, Judy Collins, Anne Sofie von Otter, and others. The
covers of their songs by well known artists led to the McGarrigles getting their first recording contract in 1974. They created ten albums from 1975 through 2008.
Although associated with Quebec's anglophone community, the McGarrigles
also recorded and performed many songs in French. Two of their albums,
Entre la jeunesse et la sagesse (also known as French Record) and La
vache qui pleure, are entirely in French, but many of their other
records include one or two French songs as well. Most of their French
songs were co-written by Philippe Tatartcheff, with occasional input
from Kate McGarrigle's son, Canadian-American solo artist Rufus
Wainwright. Rufus and his sister Martha Wainwright, also a singer, are
the children of Kate and her former husband (married 1971, separated
1976, divorced 1978), singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III.
have performed or recorded with the Irish group The Chieftains, Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds on their No More Shall We Part album, Emmylou
Harris on her albums Bluebird, Wrecking Ball, Western Wall: The Tucson
Sessions, Light of the Stable, Stumble into Grace, and All I Intended to
Be, Lou Reed on his concept album The Raven, Joan Baez on her live
recording Ring Them Bells, Gilles Vigneault on “Charlie-Jos” on his
album C’est ainsi que j’arrive a toi, and Robin Holcomb on her 2002
album The Big Time.
Their version of Wade Hemsworth's song, "The
Log Driver's Waltz" grew famous as the soundtrack for a 1979 animated
film by the National Film Board. They provided backing vocals on Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds's 2001 album No More Shall We Part. They appeared
on the children's TV show Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show in
Season 4, episode 50 titled "Sibling Rivalry".
They were appointed Members of the Order of Canada in 1993 and received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2004.
sister, Jane McGarrigle, is a film and television composer who wrote
and performed several songs with the duo, but was not a regular
Kate died January 18, 2010 after fighting a rare form of cancer. She was 63 years old