When folk icon Kate McGarrigle passed away over a year ago after battling a rare cancer, not only did Rufus and Martha Wainwright lose their mother, but music lost one of its most unique singer-songwriting voices.
McGarrigle inspired a host of high-profile musicians throughout her four-decade career, and EW can now exclusively reveal that jazz songstress Norah Jones will be joining an all-star roster of artists paying tribute to her in New York’s Town Hall this May.
The nine-time Grammy-winner Jones will join an all-star roster of artists for a two-day concert event, which is set to include performances by Rufus and Martha, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Fallon (appearing in a musical capacity), Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons), as well as Anna McGarrigle, Kate’s sister and musical partner.
The Canadian folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle came to prominence when their song “Heart Like a Wheel” was used by Linda Ronstadt as the title track of her most-celebrated album. The sisters’ self-titled debut soon followed in 1975 to rave reviews and over the years the duo’s unerring sense of composition earned Kate an eclectic fan club including Elvis Costello, Richard and Linda Thompson (whose son Teddy will perform at the tribute as well), Nick Cave and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.
Norah Jones and the rest of McGarrigle’s musical family and friends will play Town Hall on May 12 and 13th, with proceeds from both of the nights going toward finding a cure for sarcoma. Check out Kate McGarrigle singing the folk standard “Willie Moore” with her son Rufus on the British TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… and enjoy her timeless talent.
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