Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell performed a full-length live set for the first time in over two decades
Folk superstar Joni Mitchell has wowed fans by performing a full-length live set for the first time in over 20 years.
The Big Yellow Taxi singer surprised music fans when he took the stage at one US People music Festival on Sunday (July 24).
Her performance came as a shock as Mitchell was ill health for a couple of years.
So who exactly is Joni Mitchell, where has she performed, what songs has she sung, what illness does she have and how old is she?
Here’s what you need to know.
Where did Joni Mitchell perform?
Joni Mitchell performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday July 24th.
This is an annual American folk-oriented music festival in Newport, Rhode Island, America that began in 1959.
This year’s event, which took place from July 22nd to 24th, was the 63rd.
The Newport Folk Festival was one of the first modern music festivals in America and is still a favorite among music fans.
What songs did Joni Mitchell sing?
According to a report by the popular American music and culture magazine, Mitchell did not take the stage alone. Rolling Stone.
She was joined by a group of fellow musicians including new solo singer Marcus Mumford, Brandi Carlile, Blake Mills, Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith, Wynonna and more.
They all joined Mitchell as she sang some of her most popular songs
They began the set with Mitchell singing along to songs like Carey from Blue with Carlile and Come in From the Cold with Dawes’ Goldsmith, and included some popular pop covers including Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Persuasions and the Shamrock Love Potion No 9.
Mitchell and Carlile, who are longtime friends, also collaborated on Mitchell’s iconic 1969 song “Both Sides Now,” performing a muted version of the ballad.
Video of the performance shows the crowd falling silent and country singer Wynonna wiping away tears during the emotional performance, which was hosted by Carlile’s bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth.
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius and singer Celisse Henderson then performed for a performance of Mitchell’s classic Big Yellow Taxi.
The highlight for many attendees, however, was when Mitchell pulled out an electric guitar and played a solo over “Just Like This Train” from her best-selling 1974 album Court and Spark.
She ended the set with a throwback to a song she had performed more than half a century earlier at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival: “The Circle Game.”
What illness does Joni Mitchell have?
Mitchell has had many health issues in recent years, including a stroke, polio, post-polio health issues, and Morgellons, which is a rare and mysterious condition.
Morgellons disease is a rare condition in which fibers appear under the skin or arise from slow-healing skin sores. The fibers can be red, green, blue, white or black.
People with this condition experience painful, stabbing, tingling, or burning sensations on their skin. These symptoms can be long-lasting and seriously affect the sufferer’s quality of life.
Other symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, itching, depression and anxiety.
The condition is controversial as some doctors and scientists believe it is due to infections, while others believe it could be purely psychological.
However, over 10,000 cases of Morgellons disease are known worldwide, most of them in the United States.
Due to her health problems, Mitchell is rarely seen in public anymore and does not perform.
How old is Joni Mitchell?
Joni Mitchell was born on November 7, 1943.
That means she is 78 years old now and will be 79 later in 2022.
Who is Joni Mitchell?
Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter.
She is an iconic performer in the music genres of folk, pop, rock, classical and jazz, and her songs often reflect social and philosophical ideals, as well as her feelings of romance, femininity, disillusionment and joy.
She has received many accolades throughout her career, which began in 1964, including ten Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Rolling Stone magazine called her “one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” and AllMusic called her one of the “most important and influential artists of the late 20th century.”
Her performance at the Newport Folk Festival is Mitchell’s first full public concert since 2000 due to ill health.