6 thoughts on “Emmylou Harris Tribute to Kate McGarrigle, ‘Darlin’ Kate’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Thanks for this one. I never heard of Kate and Anna. But I heard Emmylou Harris perform with Mary Black, an Irish folk singer and my all-time favorite, in the Transatlantic Session Series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIikAcCHlmI
    What a powerful combination of American and Irish folk music … brings tears to my eyes as well …

    I just found this one, also from the Transatlantic sessions, with Kate and Anna, and Emmylou and Mary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YrfLnlrquo

    1. Thanks for that. That album, Transatlantic Sessions with Kate, Anna & Emmylou (& Mary) is available through Amazon.

      Just listened to the Stephen Foster song…gorgeous! I’ve heard that song so many, many times sung by so many wonderful performers. But this is IT, the performance sine qua non. Thank you, thank you. It soothes the soul just to hear Kate’s beautiful high harmony once again.

      1. … on the second and third and fourth listening, the song is indeed splendid. Emmylou’s farewell song is also so beautiful …

        Incidentally, the other day we spent the whole evening in our backyard playing and singing Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind and Seeger’s Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and many other songs, with our daughter falling asleep on a couch ouside lulled by the music and the songs. The latter song has a beautiful Russian translation. Actually I read that Seeger was inspired to write this song after reading about a similar theme in Sholokhov’s “And Quiet Flows the Don”.

        Bob Dylan just turned 70. He’s probably pretty controversial in the US, but I love his Blowing in the Wind.

  2. Thanks for the music links. Mary and Emmylou’s version of “By the time it gets dark” knocks the socks off the original by Sandy Denny — and that is no easy feat. Am I wrong in thinking that Martha Wainwright is a better singer than Rufus?

    1. Frankly I can’t stand Rufus’ quavery tenor. He ‘s the darling of a certain musical crowd but not my taste. Too much of his dad’s eccentric singing style, not enough of his mom’s.

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