lonndubh wrote:It looks like you will give Kate one hell of a send off. Enjoy
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The Wainwright-McGarrigles: The Dysfunctional First Family of Folk-Pop
By David Browne Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Loudon Wainwright III
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There's a telling moment on the DVD tucked inside Loudon Wainwright III's new box set, 40 Odd Years. Wainwright, the acerbic troubadour and patriarch, sits beside his teenage son, Rufus, who's not yet the flamboyant pop semi-star he would become. An interviewer asks Rufus how he feels about the scabrous songs his father has written about his mother, fellow musician Kate McGarrigle. Rufus squirms and says, "It does cause a little anxiety sometimes." His father erupts into laughter and adds, "And that's why I do it, folks — punishment!"
It's hard to conjure how challenging it must be to be a member of the Wainwright-McGarrigle clan, the first family of reality folk-pop. Imagine if every member of your household was a singer, songwriter and musician. Then picture something painful happening — say, a divorce — and everybody writing songs about its aftermath, then singing those songs for all the world to hear. For the last four decades, the Wainwrights and McGarrigles — Loudon, Kate, and their two children, Rufus and Martha—have been doing just that. They're the modern dysfunctional family setting strife to music, as chronicled on 40 Odd Years and—arriving the same day—Tell My Sister, a three-disc set that collects the rueful, hearth-warm early work of McGarrigle and her older sister, Anna. (Kate McGarrigle died of single-cell sarcoma in January 2010, at age 63.) (Meet the Decemberists, Rock's Nerdy Superstars)
Wainwright has long been shameless — and inspired — in the way he's used his partners, children, parents (including his father, a former Life writer) and one-night stands as material. The first disc of 40 Odd Years traces his life with McGarrigle: jealousy over her rising fame in "Saw Your Name in the Paper," exasperation over the arrival of their first baby in "Dilated to Meet You," envy over his son's breastfeeding in "Rufus Is a Tit Man." McGarrigle had her own ripostes: In "Blues in D," she reluctantly welcomes back her wayward husband; in the starkly vulnerable "Go Leave," she gives up. Anna chimed in with "Kitty Come Home," beckoning her sister back to their native Canada to escape her husband's "feeble love." Subsequent Wainwright albums included songs about the disastrous year Martha lived with him ("I'd Rather Be Lonely"), while McGarrigle's later "I Eat Dinner" was a devastating portrait of the middle-aged divorceé eating leftovers at home with only teenage Martha for company.
The kids have said their piece, too. On his own theatrical records, Rufus (who, like his sister, was raised by his mother) carved up his father in "Dinner at Eight," about a testy meal together; in his cover of "One Man Guy," he gave an alternative-lifestyle twist to his father's ode to solipsism. Martha, with her damaged-chanteuse delivery, laced into her father in "Bloody Mother F------ Asshole." Through this combined playlist, we live vicariously through unfaithful husband, spurned wife, or embittered children—we can roam freely through a pop bleak house.
Like most families, however, this one somehow manages to reconvene. 40 Odd Years includes a touching duet between Loudon and Martha on his "The End Has Begun," and this summer, Rufus will celebrate his own CD collection, House of Rufus, with a London show with his father. (McGarrigle will be the focus of two tribute concerts in New York City on May 12 and 13, featuring Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris as well as Anna, Rufus and Martha.) Now come the grandchildren: Martha gave birth to a baby boy, Arcangelo, just weeks before her mother's death, and in February, Rufus and his partner became same-sex parents to Lorca (whose biological mother just happens to be the daughter of Leonard Cohen). Assuming the musical torch is passed to another generation, the elders should prepare to get burned—while singing along, of course.
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and in February, Rufus and his partner became same-sex parents to Lorca (whose biological mother just happens to be the daughter of Leonard Cohen)
Just back from Town Hall-- what an incredible evening! ...
Highlights were too many to mention, but I'll say a few...
rufus doing an incredible version of 'walking song'
the entire ensemble doing kate's last song 'prospero (?)(I'm getting the title wrong)
martha doing a song of kate's from an unproduced musical
the many duets with emmy lou harris, norah jones, and/or this singer I had never heard of before -krystle warren, antony, an hilarious bit (and singing of 'swimming song!) by jimmy fallon, antony doing 'go leave', emmy lou and teddy thompson doing 'i eat dinner', the novelist michael ondaatje reading from a novel where he quotes 'talk to me of mendecino and then the whole ensemble coming out to do it, and lots more..
what a great show, wish i was going a second night, but one will have to do! enjoy, everyone who's going the second night!
What an amazing show...
No photos as it just didn't seem appropriate when they had asked folk not to due to the official filming, but it was actually quite liberating to focus totally on the performances rather than guiltily try to sneak the odd photo or video Trying to find a highlight would be difficult to find as there were just so many wonderful delights, although the rendition of Proserpina was so moving and I defy anyone to have watched it without shedding a tear Absolutely beautiful The all star cast shifted seamlessly from song to song and it is wonderful that it has been recorded so everyone can enjoy it. I'm lucky enough to be going again this evening and I really can't wait
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First things first : Viva Katherine was not there.
But Jörn was. (but not on the stage.)
And Arcangelo. (on the stage as usual).
They looked so nice and swell, all the family and friends. Wearing their most beautiful black (the Kate part) and shiny(the Rufus part) outfits.They looked so serious in their determination to make honour to Kate the artist, to Kate the friend, to Kate the mentor, to Kate the muse, to Kate the mother.
It was a shock, a shock to heard the broken tradition...
I eat Dinner : Talk to me of Mendocino : It's along Way :
All these so famous duos that we listen to from ages, from recordings to bootlegs, from live performances to radio shows...
Emilou (singing the Kate's part) and Norah (singing the Rufus's part) ; Norah and Kristle...
... but in a good way.
That means the music can and will survive. It's a good thing to know the legacy will be in good hands.
They ask us to not take photos, to not record in any way mainly because they were filming and didn't want perturbing flashes and disturbing noises, but also I suppose to preserve the secret of the sharing and, in that way, to put a deserved emphasis on the futur dvd.I think we spontaneously accepted. We were very respectful . It's amazing how a family who has accustomed her devoted public to shows made like it was in the family living room presented a show without nearly a false step. Respect, I said.
Anna who speaks about the birth of the song : Kitty come home, Rufus asked her to sing, Anna who cuts abruptly her explanation and begins to sing.
Rufus on his way to the piano, telling us he anticipated that part of the show and beginning to play The Walking song.
Everybody on the stage, Martha with Arcangelo in her arms, Brad playing the bass in the back, singing Heart like a Wheel. Arcangelo much more interested by the violin's player and Rufus stroking his back .
Rufus weeping his eyes and kissing three times the tears on Martha's cheek.
It was definitely a good evening.
And there is another tomorrow...
Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Fallon and More Pay Tribute to Kate McGarrigle
Proteges and collaborators perform the late singer-songwriter's work in New York
By Simon Vozick-Levinson
May 13, 2011 2:40 PM ET
The performers at the Kate McGarrigle tribute held at New York’s Town Hall last night were a family in more ways than one. The late Montreal singer-songwriter’s literal relatives were there, of course – her sister Anna McGarrigle, her children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and assorted nephews, nieces and in-laws. But there was also a heavy contingent of artists she mentored, collaborated with or otherwise inspired before her too-soon death at age 63 last January – people like Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Teddy Thompson, Justin Vivian Bond, Krystle Warren, the novelist Michael Ondaatje and even Jimmy Fallon. Bond seemed to speak for almost everyone on stage when describing McGarrigle as "like a mother to me."
Although the three-hour concert was billed as "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle," the prevailing mood was naturally somber. McGarrigle wrote and sang heartrendingly personal songs throughout most of her life; hearing them now that she’s gone was emotional, to say the least. Performers and audience members alike could be seen tearing up during highlights like "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger’s Gone)" (a sweet duet between Harris and Thompson), "Go Leave" (a deeply felt rendition by Hegarty), "(Talk to Me Of) Mendocino" (sung by both Wainwright siblings with Jones), "Tell My Sister" (a wonderfully torchy performance by Martha Wainwright) and most of all "Proserpina" – the last song Kate McGarrigle wrote before her death, a sad, lovely, honest tune that brought nearly everyone back on stage to close the night’s first set.
Watch Emmylou Harris Perform a Tribute to Kate McGarrigle on Sirius/XM
But the show also made room for the warmth, humor and life that are equally characteristic of her work. There were bittersweet smiles to be seen during "First Born" (wryly crooned by the Wainwright siblings) and "Work Song" (enthusiastically interpreted by Bond). And Fallon drew unexpected laughs with a short stand-up bit, comparing the McGarrigle-Wainwright clan to "a very talented Brady Bunch" or perhaps the Von Trapps.
The tears inevitably returned when, toward the end of the evening, Anna McGarrigle led the rest of the family on "Kitty Come Home" – originally written after the breakup of her sister’s marriage, now taking on a newly mournful meaning. The show drew to a close a few minutes later with a group singalong of the folk standard "Dink’s Song," whose refrain of "Fare thee well" felt especially sorrowful.
Rufus Wainwright's Emotional Return to Carnegie Hall
"A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle" will return to Town Hall for a second sold-out performance tonight; all profits from both performances will benefit the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund. Those lucky enough to have tickets are in for an extraordinarily moving night of music.
Kate McGarrigle Tribute Concert Celebrates "Some of the Most Distinct, Shimmering Harmonies in Modern Folk Era"
Kate McGarrigle's family, friends, and longtime musical collaborators gathered on stage at The Town Hall in New York City last night for the first of two concerts (pictured at left) celebrating the life and music of the late singer-songwriter, who died of sarcoma in January 2010 at the age of 63.
The evening, curated by producer Joe Boyd, was a beautiful and emotional tribute to McGarrigle, featuring performances by Kate’s children, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, her sister Anna, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Jimmy Fallon, Antony, Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Justin Vivian Bond, and Krystle Warren, as well as a reading by novelist Michael Ondaatje, among many unforgettable moments. All proceeds from last night's concert and tonight's show will go toward creating the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund, administered by the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
"Their voices flew as high as birds and resonated with a closeness only siblings can create," writes New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber in a preview of tonight's concert. "Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang some of the most distinct and shimmering harmonies in the modern folk era, heard on classic albums like their self-titled, 1975 debut." Farber spoke with Boyd about the concerts and that debut album, which Boyd produced, for a piece you can read at nydailynews.com.
Nonesuch Records released Tell My Sister, a three-disc set comprising remastered versions of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's beloved 1976 self-titled debut; its equally praised 1977 follow-up, Dancer with Bruised Knees; and a collection of previously unreleased songs, including solo and duo demos, last week. Boyd, who produced the McGarrigles’ first two albums, assembled the material for the third disc in addition to serving as producer for the whole set.
To pick up a copy of Tell My Sister, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete set at checkout.
As Lady 112 said there was no possibility of taking cameras out. We were on the front row, centre next to the cameraman. He was very professional, introduced himself and apologised for the inconvenience.In fact once the show started we were hardly aware of him.
The show, of course, was magnificent. More organised than the London one though still some artists missed their cues so there were some laughs as we waited for lost performers, "I'm waiting for a banjo player!" And the usual bickering over microphones.
Highlights...Southern Boys, Rufus and Martha, Saratoga Summer Song by Teddy, Antony and Rufus and Antony solo, and oif course the wonderful Krystle Warren, who I think got the loudest cheers of the night after the family, and looked stunned by the audience reaction. Justin Bond was amazing in white, one of the few upbeat numbers in the show.
At the reception Rufus apologised to my Mum about the camera and said he hoped it hadn't spoiled the show for her. She is now officially a convert - commented on what a polite, charming young man he is.
Looking forward to the meet-up and show tonight
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