Folk singer and songwriter Kate Wolf died of leukemia 25 years ago, on December 10, 1986. She was only 44 years old, but during her short life she made a strong impact on the folk scene. Her gentle and soulful songs have been covered by artists like Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Emmylou Harris – whose version of Wolf's "Love Still Remains" was Grammy-nominated.
Ten years after Kate Wolf's death, fans who still missed her organized the Kate Wolf Retrospective Concert, benefiting public radio and the Leukemia Foundation of America. The outdoor festival featured more than 15 acts and drew 1200 concertgoers. The success of the event spurred an annual Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival – in 2011, the three-day lineup included luminaries like Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn and Los Lobos.
Each festival traditionally ends with the Kate Wolf song "Give Yourself to Love." For those who aren't familiar with Kate Wolf, we recommend this beautiful tune. Maybe once you listen, you'll be inspired to attend next year's festival.
Written by Linnea Crowther