Kate McGarrigle &
October 2nd, 1970
Roma Baran is a producer of music, radio, and documentary film; an engineer, musician, and activist; and a defense attorney. As a performer, she collaborated with Penny Lang, Kate McGarrigle, and Bill Garrett. As a producer, she has worked closely with Laurie Anderson, Scott Merritt, Rosalie Sorrels, and Vivian Stoll — her partner in Roma Baran & Vivian Stoll Productions. Baran was extensively involved in ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), the originally New York-based advocacy group, and currently works with Legal-Aid. Baran and McGarrigle toured as Kate & Roma in the late 1960s to early ‘70s, when McGarrigle began to write music and perform with her sister.
Kate McGarrigle (February 6, 1946 – January 18, 2010) was a Canadian singer-songwriter best known for performing and writing music with her sister, Anna. Kate and Anna were born in Montreal and grew up outside the city. Kate began writing songs and performing while studying engineering at McGill University in Montreal. As well as singing, she played fiddle, guitar, accordion, banjo, and piano. Both sisters performed with the Mountain City Four, a Montreal folk group, between 1963 and 1967. After graduating from McGill, Kate toured as a duo with Roma Baran until about 1972, later reuniting with her sister to write, perform, and record music. The McGarrigles’ self-titled first album was recorded in 1976 and ten more followed before Kate’s death of cancer in 2010. The McGarrigles performed and recorded with many fellow musicians including the Chieftains, Emmylou Harris, Gilles Vigneault, Linda Ronstadt, Maria Muldaur, Loudon Wainwright III, and Kate’s children, singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright.