The McGarrigles are/were two great songwriters and wonderful harmony singers, whether together or backing Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson and countless others. They forged a distinctively Canadian sound – yes, I know, that sounds boring but their fusion of the French and British influences is really something – and their all too few recordings are gems.
Here they are– that’s Kate at the piano and lead vocals – performing Anna’s “Heart like a Wheel”, one of the most heartfelt, heartbroken songs ever:
Some say a heart is just like a wheel
When you bend it, you can’t mend it
And my love for you is like a sinking ship
And my heart is on that ship
Out in mid-ocean.