Monday, February 01, 2010

Saying Goodbye: Rufus, Martha Wainwright sing at funeral service for their mother, Kate McGarrigle

"About 1,000 people packed Montreal's ornate Notre-Dame Basilica to bid a fond farewell to an artist many called down-to-earth and her son, Rufus Wainwright, summed up as a free spirit. Although they choked with emotion when they described her, Rufus and his sister Martha's voices soared into the highest reaches of the church during musical tributes to their mother," reports Metro News. "Others, including singer Emmylou Harris, who covered McGarrigle's music, also sang at a service that concluded with a rousing gospel anthem and a Celtic lament."

Canadian folk and roots music singer Kate McGarrigle, best known for her work with her sister Anna as the McGarrigle Sisters, died at age 63, after batttling cancer. Read more about her life and career here.