LISTEN: Mountain Stage Remembers Maggie Roche of The Roches

Jan 22, 2017

UPDATED: Larry Groce pulled the following performances from our archives as a tribute to Maggie Roche and her work on Mountain Stage.

This four song set includes "The Long Lonely Road," written by Suzzy Roche and "One Season," written by Maggie Roche, both included from a 2005 appearance in Shepherdstown, WV. "The Factory Girl" is a traditional song arranged by The Roches and performed by the group in Morgantown, WV in September 2006. This version of "The Hallelujah Chorus," adapted from Handel by The Roches, was recorded at Town Hall in New York City on May 19, 2007.

ORIGINAL POST: Sunday January 22, 2017.

Everyone at Mountain Stage was saddened by the loss of Maggie Roche, a member of the unmistakable sister-trio The Roches. Her sister Suzzy posted to the group's Facebook page saying "After decades of singing, writing, traveling and performing together, we spent the last month and a half helping each other through her final journey, now I have to let her go. I’m heartbroken. I adored her."

Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce, who welcomed Maggie on the show six times between 1990 and 2007, sent this note.

All of us at Mountain Stage were saddened to learn that Maggie Roche has died. Her sister Suzzy announced her passing to the group’s facebook page. She visited the show six times between 1990 and 2007 and each time her powerful, understated performances and deeply perceptive wit made her a beautiful and unmistakable presence. Our hearts go out to her family, especially her sister Suzzy. She will be long remembered and sorely missed here. - Larry Groce.

The Roches can be heard in the middle of this segment, performing “Huh,” recorded September 10, 2006 in Morgantown, WV.

The Roches' performances of "Star of Wonder " and "Winter Wonderland" were included in the 1994 compilation "Christmas Live From Mountain Stage".

Read The New York Times Remembrance.