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On the day the new Rufus Wainwright album ‘Out of the Game’ (Polydor) is released, it’s good to have a chance to sing the praises of his mother – Kate McGarrigle.

Kate, who with her sister Anna, made some fantastic music during a career that started in the early 70s, died in 2010.

Her family have made sure that she isn’t forgotten, partly through a cancer charity in Kate’s name, and records and events celebrating her music.

A concert staged in New York last May was filmed, and the result – ‘Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle’ – is being shown on 29th April at the Sundance London Film and Music Festival.

Kate and Anna’s work has long had its champions from Linda Ronstadt who covered Anna’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ early on in her career – to the writer Nick Hornby, who chose their ‘Complainte Pour St.Catherine’ as one of his ‘Desert Island Discs.’

‘Complainte Pour St.Catherine’ features on the sisters’ debut album from 1976 which you can now enjoy in a deluxe edition with their 2nd, ‘Dancer With Bruised Knees’ and a third disc of demos and other recordings.

Tell My Sister – Kate and Anna McGarrigle

Their debut is still a remarkable sounding record – not just the songs like Kate’s (Talk To Me Of) Mendocino’ and ‘Go Leave,’ but the playing of people like Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Lowell George and Andrew Gold.

You need a heart of stone not be moved by the emotion captured on stage during the 2011 tribute concert.

But though much missed by her family and fans around the globe, Kate McGarrigle’s songs and the albums made with her sister have ‘classic’ stamped all over them.

It’s music built to last.

‘Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You’ – clip

Sundance London Film and Music Festival – official website

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