Joni Mitchell, who hasn’t performed live since 2013 until earlier this year, made a surprise appearance today at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival. She was joined by Brandi Carlile, who herself covered Mitchell’s blue Fully and regularly spoke of her love for Mitchell. The duo sang Mitchell’s classic A Case of You, and Mitchell performed Just Like This Train. Mitchell last appeared at the festival in 1969. Watch what happens below.
Mitchell was honored as MusiCares Personality of the Year over the weekend at the Grammys, where she also gave a short performance alongside the musicians who honored her. She accepted a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album and appeared during the TV show as well. She had rare public appearances after a cerebral aneurysm in 2015. Earlier this year, she joined Neil Young in removing her music from Spotify.
Revisit the Pitchfork feature “Joni Mitchell: Her Art and Her Life in 33 Songs”.
Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that it was Mitchell’s first live performance in nearly a decade. She performed earlier this year at the MusiCares concert in her honor.