Anna McGarrigle

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Anna McGarrigle
Born (1944-12-04) December 4, 1944 (age 73)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts

Anna McGarrigle, CM (born December 4, 1944) is a Canadian folk music singer and songwriter who recorded and performed with her sister, Kate McGarrigle, who died in 2010.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Anna McGarrigle studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1964-1968).[3]:212,229–230

Music career[edit]

In the 1960s, Montreal natives Kate and Anna McGarrigle established themselves in Montreal's burgeoning folk scene while they attended school. From 1963 to 1967, they teamed up with Jack Nissenson and Peter Weldon to form the folk group Mountain City Four. The sisters wrote, recorded and performed music into the twenty-first century with assorted accompanying musicians, including Chaim Tannenbaum and Joel Zifkin.

Personal life[edit]

McGarrigle is married to journalist Dane Lanken. She and Lanken have two children, Lily and Sylvan.[citation needed]


Kate and Anna's 1976 eponymous debut album was chosen by Melody Maker as Best Record of the Year.[4] Their albums Matapedia (1996) and The McGarrigle Hour (1998) won Juno Awards. In 1999 Kate and Anna received Women of Originality awards and in 2006 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement awards.[5] In 1993 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[6]



  1. ^ Betty Nygaard King. "McGarrigle, Kate and Anna". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ Clarkson, Adrienne (November 5, 2004). "Speech on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards". Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ McGarrigle, Anna & Jane (2015). Mountain City Girls. Canada: Penguin Random House. ISBN 978-0-345-81402-9. 
  4. ^ Kate and Anna McGarrigle Biography on
  5. ^ Betty Nygaard King. "McGarrigle, Kate and Anna". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Order of Canada award". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-01-24.