Joel Zifkin

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Joel Zifkin
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Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s)Electric violinist, musician, composer, singer-songwriter
Instrumentselectric violin, guitar,bass, mandolin, vocals
Years active1972 –
Associated actsKate & Anna McGarrigle, Richard Thompson , Kate McGarrigle, Les Colocs

Joel Zifkin is a Canadian musician and songwriter born in Montreal on April 14, 1954. His primary instrument is the electric violin and he is best known as a session musician and live performer.


Zifkin has performed and/or recorded with the following artists: Kate & Anna McGarrigle,[1][2][3][4][5][6] Richard Thompson,[7][8][9] Rufus Wainwright,[10][11] Martha Wainwright,[12] Emmylou Harris,[13][14][15] Buddy Guy,[16] Big Mama Thornton,[17] Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson,[18] Philip Glass, Lou Reed,[19][20] Townes Van Zandt, Rational Youth, Joe Dassin, Roma Baran, Elvis Costello,[21] Wade Hemsworth, Pierre Marchand, Robert Charlebois, Les Colocs,[22] Yaya Diallo, Chaim Tannenbaum,[15] Joe Boyd,[10][23] The Chieftains, Pat Donaldson, Ravens & Chimes, Hal Willner's Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited,[24] among others.

He also appeared in the film Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (1980) and the documentary "Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle", directed by Lian Lunson (2013).

Zifkin released the self-titled solo album Joel Zifkin in 2004, Five Songs More in 2008, and the singles "When Insanity Reigns It Pours" and "The Glow" in 2013, all on iTunes.

Selected credits[edit]

  • Joel Zifkin (2004)
  • Five Songs More (2008)
With Kate & Anna McGarrigle
With World Café
With Richard Thompson
With Rufus Wainwright
With The Wainwright Sisters

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ limeyloop (5 July 2007). "Kate and Anna McGarrigle : Ce Matin" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon. "'A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle' at Town Hall - Review".
  3. ^ HOCHMAN, STEVE (24 February 1997). "McGarrigles' Insight Improves With Age" – via LA Times.
  4. ^ Rockwell, John. "REVERBERATIONS; For Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Music Is a Family Affair".
  5. ^ "Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Discography - Matapedia".
  6. ^ "Kate & Anna McGarrigle - a Concert Chronology".
  7. ^ "Interview: Richard Thompson on recording an album in front of a live audience".
  8. ^ "DVD review: The Richard Thompson Band: Live at Celtic Connections". 10 April 2012.
  9. ^ Wine, Steven (30 August 2010). "Review: Guitar takes the lead on Thompson's latest" – via The Boston Globe.
  10. ^ a b "Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle - Various Artists - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  11. ^ Times, The New York. "Pop and Rock Listings".
  12. ^ "Joel Zifkin - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  13. ^ peters332home (10 September 2006). "Emmylou Harris & The McGarrigle Sisters - Skip Rope Song" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Sam Epstein (26 August 2015). "I Eat Dinner - Rufus Wainwright and Emmylou Harris - Meltdown 2010 Celebration of Kate McGarrigle" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ a b "Nonesuch Records Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle". Nonesuch Records Official Website.
  16. ^ Joel Zifkin (2 July 2015). "Buddy Guy ! with Joel Zifkin, Andrew Cowan, Paquito D'Rivera,Tony Jones (2 songs)" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ "Doudou Boicel".
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ Holden, Stephen. "At Carnegie Hall, a Commuting Christmas".
  20. ^ GERARD SCHMIDT (29 October 2013). "LOU REED sings Blue Christmas At the Knitting Factory NY" – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "Joel Zifkin - The Elvis Costello Wiki". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  22. ^ Ledoux, Julie. "Danser la misère: une tournée pour le 20e anniversaire des Colocs".
  23. ^ "The McGarrigle Hour - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  24. ^ "The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited - Various Artists - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  25. ^ "Grammy Awards 2011: Winners and nominees for 53rd Grammy Awards - LA Times".
  26. ^ "Official list of the 53rd Grammy nominees, announced December 2010".