August 30, 2013 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Martha Wainwright joins host David Dye in the studio to discuss the legacy of her late mother, Canadian singer Kate McGarrigle. Kate drew music lovers in with her beautiful voice, well crafted songs, and the engaging vocal harmonies she shared with her longtime musical partner, her sister Anna.
The pair’s 1976 debut was named Album of the Year by Melody Maker music magazine and the New York Times named it to its 10 Favorite Disks list. The duo continued to record in the ensuing decades as Kate raised her two children Martha and Rufus Wainwright. In 2010 Kate died of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Now both of her musically talented offspring and her sister Anna have put together a live concert documentary called Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle as well as a live CD called Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle. Martha joins us to talk about those two projects and to share some memories of growing up in Montreal with her mother. And Sam Amidon. The Vermont native has taken his fiddle to London, finding new inspiration there with wife and fellow musician Beth Orton. But for his new disc Bright Sunny South he draws on the folk traditions of the United States. He discusses what made him so excited at such a young age about a genre that typically isn’t the first type of music a teenager would turn to. That’s this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!