Jane McGarrigle

Jane McGarrigle is a Canadian songwriter, musician and music publisher, known mainly for her work with her younger sisters, singers Kate & Anna McGarrigle. She is the co-author of a book about the three sisters' childhood and musical experiences.

Early lifeEdit

McGarrigle grew up in Montreal, Quebec, with her sisters Kate and Anna.[1]


When McGarrigle's younger sisters formed a singer-songwriter duo, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Jane wrote and performed several songs with them.[2] She produced their album Love Over and Over.[3][4]

The song "Love Is", which she co-wrote, has been recorded by Nana Mouskouri, Emmylou Harris, and Renato Russo (who also recorded the co-written "Man Is an Island").[5] She served as her sisters' music manager for a time,[6] and also managed producers Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan) and Robbi Finkel (Cirque du Soleil) and the group Three O'Clock Train.[7][8]

McGarrigle co-composed, with her sisters, the scores to the Canadian film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller[9] and its sequel The Return of Tommy Tricker.

She appeared in the 1999 film The McGarrigle Hour, a collection of concert footage.[10]

McGarrigle is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and served on its board of directors from 1990 to 2000.[11] Until recently,[when?] she was also on the board of the Songwriters Association of Canada. In 2013, she was part of a SOCAN representative group for a streamed panel, "Can the Music Industry be Saved?"[12]

With her sister Anna, she co-authored Mountain City Girls, a family memoir published in 2015 by Random House Canada.[13][14] The book contains stories about the childhood and musical careers of the three sisters.[6]


  1. ^ Griffin, John (December 6, 1986). "The McGarrigles: Montreal's singing sisters are on the road again, and while music is their message, their family is still their life", The Gazette, p. G1.
  2. ^ (August 24, 1985). "The McGarrigles' laid-back act goes south", The Globe and Mail, p. 11.
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (February 6, 1983). "In Pop, the McGarrigle Sisters Know No Bounds", The New York Times, p. A21.
  4. ^ "Anna and Jane McGarrigle’s memoir overflows with wit" Archived 2019-03-30 at the Wayback Machine. Macleans Magazine, by Christopher Loudon, Nov 7, 2015
  5. ^ (July 1994). "SOCAN's new Board of Directors", Words & Music 1 (7): 6.
  6. ^ a b "McGarrigle sisters tell family and folk music history with 'Mountain City Girls'" Archived 2019-03-30 at the Wayback Machine. CTV News, Victoria Ahearn, November 16, 2015
  7. ^ Lepage, Mark (November 4, 1989). "Derailed Three O'Clock Train tries to get back on a good sound track", The Gazette, p. H1.
  8. ^ Metella, Helen (January 19, 1992). "Mack MacKenzie and Three O'Clock Train", Edmonton Journal, p. C5.
  9. ^ Schnurmacher, Thomas (November 22, 1988). "Demers children's film is a family affair for all... the McGarrigles", The Gazette, p. F7.
  10. ^ https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-2000-01-27-0001271012-story.html Archived 2019-03-30 at the Wayback Machine " ALL IN THE MCGARRIGLE FAMILY HOUR"]. Roger Catlin, THE HARTFORD COURANT, January 27, 2000.
  11. ^ (July–August 1998) "Members gather in Toronto for 1998 AGM", Words & Music 5 (7): 3
  12. ^ "SOCAN representatives weigh in at S.A.C. "Can the music business be saved?" panel". 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  13. ^ Brownstein, Bill (6 November 2015). "Anna and Jane McGarrigle nurture their roots in Mountain City Girls". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Review: The McGarrigle sisters look back on their careers in Mountain City Girls" Archived 2016-06-08 at the Wayback Machine. The Globe and Mail , Brad Wheeler, December 11, 2015