23
Saturday
Apr
2016
Centretown United Church507 Bank St.
7:00pm

Mountain City Girls:
An Evening of
Storytelling and Song
with Anna
and Jane McGarrigle

Hosted by Lynn Miles
"This book is a charming history, written with affection and wit … a love story really, of a time, a place and a remarkable sisterhood that has given the world some of its most unique and stunningly beautiful music.
— Emmylou Harris
Jane and Anna McGarrigle

Join us for an evening of song and storytelling with Anna and Jane McGarrigle.

The McGarrigles are known around the world for their touching, insightful songs about love, loss and family. But where and how does a family so rich in musical luminaries take root? In Mountain City Girls, Anna and Jane recount their childhood in Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains, and go further back to their ancestors' early days in Canada, and their parents' courtship and marriage. A vivid snapshot of coming-of-age in the 1950s, the book recounts the sisters' school days and rebellious teenage antics, and their beginnings as musicians. It takes us through the vibrant folk music circuit of the 1960s in Montreal and New York City, and the burgeoning social movements of San Francisco, and ultimately leads to the formation of the folk music duo Kate and Anna McGarrigle, revealing the genesis behind some of their beloved songs and following their early days recording and performing. The book also reads as a tribute to Kate, who passed away in 2010, with insights into her character and creative development. Inspiringly, it speaks to the important (sometimes lifesaving) role of sisters, and is a deeply moving testament to the profound importance of family.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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