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In 1998, the precocious teenager Martha Wainwright took part in her family album "The McGarrigle Hour". She sang verses and harmony with mother Kate, father Loudon, brother Rufus and aunt Anna. At some point, we made the first recording of a Martha Wainwright original - The Year of the Dragon. What a song! What a talent. She has remarkable range in her talent, but then with those genes, she would, wouldn't she?

"And I could not slow down...."

Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Martha Wainwright): Year of the Dragon /
Martha Wainwright: When The Days Are Short /
Martha Wainwright: These Flowers /
Geoff Muldaur (Martha Wainwright): Singing The Blues /
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Matapedia /
Martha Wainwright : Matapedia /
Martha Wainwright: Soudain Une Vallee


Suzy Crawfish

The McGarrigles were so sweet and quirky and such trailblazers. They had that special type of harmony you get when family members sing together. Martha is so fearless, I suppose, because of her lineage, nobody's musical legacy intimidates her. I mean to sing Piaf is very brave.