Top Ten Tracks: The Wainwright/McGarrigle Family

Changing it up this weekend, I think I did say more pop but I want to listen some folk music this Sunday! So it’s the superstar folk family which I did think everyone was going to have a blog post each but I’ve thrown them in all together. I can’t be the first to do this but maybe unfair they’re not seen a individuals? Maybe, I can give them each blog posts  later-on sometimes?

Anyway that’s counting 70’s folk singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and the sisters duo of Kate & Anna McGarrigle which Kate and Loudon were married and had the children Rufus and Martha Wainwright who are now both singer-songwriters starting music careers in the 2000’s. I guess, it’s not all totally folk music and do know I’ve missed parts of each musicians so when I do come back to those individual post I’ll have more of each artists’ whole back catalouge. As of now here’s are my fave songs by them and grouped together like anyone’s else unhappy family reunion!

Loudon Wainwright III – Dead Skunk – Album III (1972)

Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Swimming Song – Self-titled album (1976) written by Loudon Wainwright III which I think the two sisters have the best version.

Loudon Wainwright III – The Man Who Couldn’t Cry – Attempted Mustache (1973) his fourth album which also has his Swimming Song original.

Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Sugar Baby – The Harry Smith Project: the anthology of American folk music revisited box-set (2001)

Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk – Poses (2001)

Rufus Wainwright – 14th StreetWant One (2003)

Rufus Wainwright – The Art Teacher – Want Two (2004)

Martha Wainwright – Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole – self-titled debut album or Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole EP (2005)

Loudon Wainwright III –  Good Ship Venus – Rogue’s Gallery: pirate ballads, sea songs & chanteys double album (2006)

Rufus Wainwright – Between My Legs – Release the Stars (2007)

1972 to 2007 is the timeline above but missing both 80’s and 90’s! Who’s the clear winner? I guess, I did try to have it pretty even but the blokes, the father and son have more but they have put out the more albums even if two of my picks are from Various Artists or comp albums. I guess it’s: Rufus, Loudon, Kate & Anna and then Martha last but not least because that one could be the most well-known track above really? Minus the two older or Traditional songs above all are the singer-songwriters own work.

This is the first post also revisiting some acts starting with the letter W, say for my CA little/long list of fave albums last year I started a order of backwards alphabetically but have missed some acts out. Now every artist can’t be included, that’s not the point but I’ve got to say I still like them and here’s some stuff I do love by them. So this the first blog post today like that and some more coming, OK?

Mixing it up again for next Sunday with yet another style of music I’ve not yet covered in my TTT posts!

The folk star family are: Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle and Rufus Wainwright (l-r)

Who sharing your own Wainwright/McGarrigle Family fave track/s with me today? Pretty please!

Cheers 🙂


    1. Oh yeah, that’s a great song and maybe I’ve been a little unfair on Martha’s work by only included her big hit and just that one track! I will have to re-revisited them all at a later date!
      Cheers Tony! for joining in 🙂


    1. Yeah, I really should do them and everyone else in way more detailed blog post/s, do you have some faves by the McGarrigles you would like to share with me? Or maybe not until I do that more detail post!
      Cheers Marilyn 🙂

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