Joni Mitchell Joins Brandi Carlile For Rare Live Performance At Newport Folk Festival

Music fans at the Newport Folk Festival got the surprise of their life this weekend, when Joni Mitchell joined Brandi Carlile for a rare live performance. It was Joni’s first live performance in front of a crowd since suffering a brain aneurism in 2015. 

The set was billed as “Brandi Carlile & Friends,” although nobody expected one of those friends to be Joni. They were joined by Marcus Mumford, Celisse, Wynonna Judd, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Lucius and more, for a 13-song “Joni Jam,” which consisted of such classics as "Both Sides Now,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “The Circle Game," as well as, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “Love Potion #9.”

“I will never be over this,” Brandi later shared on Insta. “I can’t even watch it without the tears coming back. Please forgive me… I can’t quite find the words yet.” She adds, :There’s so much value and peace in our way pavers. Hold them up extra high today. It’s never too late. “ 

  • Joni and Brandi sat down with CBS Mornings to talk about how the performance, came together with Joni noting that she’s “never nervous about being in front of an audience,” although she added, “But I want it to be good. And I wasn’t sure I could be. But I didn’t sound too bad tonight!” 

Source: Billboard 

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