As I get older, it’s inevitable that I witness the passing of my personal heroes.
Some have shocked me, some have perplexed me, all have saddened me. The death of Kate McGarrigle took me by surprise.
She and her sister came to my attention in the early 1980s when I had moved from Hobart to Sydney to follow a tenuous path into theatre. Shared houses in Surry Hills, busking at Kings Cross, all night discussions of method, broken hearts … to a soundtrack of John Martyn (also RIP), Joe Jackson, and the McGarrigle Sisters.
There are lots of tributes to Kate at the moment. Here’s three sites that will lead you to some I found interesting or moving: