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article imageCanadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle dies at 63

By KJ Mullins     Jan 19, 2010 in Entertainment
Montreal folk singer Kate McGarrigle died from clear-cell carcinoma at the age of 63. She and her sister Anna performed as Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
The National Post reports:
CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi paid tribute to Kate. "RIP Kate McGarrigle. One of our greats. And matriarch of the Wainwright magic. Your music will live on," Ghomeshi wrote on his twitter feed.
Kate McGarrigle was most famous for songs Heart Like a Wheel, Work Song, Cool River and Lying Song. The sisters recorded 10 albums. She and her sister performed in North America, Europe, and the Far East for three decades. They also composed and performed music for several movie and television productions
The sisters were musically educated in a convent. She graduated with a BSC from McGill in math and engineering in 1969.
The National Film Board did an animated piece called The Log Driver's Waltz based on their song. It was widely played on Canadian television.
In 2006 McGarrigle was diagnosed with cancer. She founded the The Kate McGarrigle Fund at the MUHC.
McGarrigle and her sister were invested with the Order of Canada in 1994.
McGarrigle was the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.
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