Remembering Joni Mitchell at Newport Folk Festival

That’s right, the folk innovator was herself once a newcomer to the burgeoning scene, and of all venues, at the legendary Newport Folk Festival – the same one we’re bringing news from this weekend. Forty-five years ago this month, she walked on to a less than welcoming audience there, only to leave them mesmerized by her charm and unique guitar style. She performed a short set at the festival, but it included “Chelsea Morning” and “The Circle Game”, and was a hint of more to come from Mitchell, who at that time was breaking into the folk world in a big way. Just one year later, her debut Song to a Seagull was released, and a year after that, Clouds, which featured one of her biggest songs, “Both Sides, Now”.

Of course, Joni went on to folk stardom with Blue and Court and Spark, and her discography goes on. It’s well-remembered what she did for the folk music scene, and she is considered one of the most prominent female recording artists of the 20th century. Even as the lady from Alberta has receded into a private life practicing more visual art than music, her songs still harken back to the peaceful folk era and that first appearance at Newport almost a half-century ago.

By Jeffrey Taylor

If you liked this, check out:
This Week In Music History
The Velvet Underground and Nico Deluxe Reissue in October

3 Responses to Remembering Joni Mitchell at Newport Folk Festival

  1. Pingback: The Boss is Coming to Boston & Expands Summer Tour | WERS 88.9 FM

  2. I gotta say, I did go on to read this article, and it was interesting. I hope she will return to Newport!!! BUT, the tone of the title made it sound as if she’d died, gave me a moment of sheer panic.
    Love your station!
    Thank you,
    Dori

    Dori Read July 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM Reply
    • Hi Dori,
      Thank you for listening to our station as well as visiting our website! We love hearing from our listeners. Seeing Joni Mitchell added the Newport Folk Festival lineup would certainly be incredible; let’s keep our fingers crossed!
      Thanks,
      Nina C.

      Nina C. July 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> <iframe width="" height="" frameborder="" scrolling="" marginheight="" marginwidth="" src="">

Emerson College

The Emerson Acappellooza Fundraiser

Come celebrate our school with performances from our own four a cappella groups: Acapellics Anonymous, Noteworthy, Treble Makers, and Achoired Taste. It will be a night filled with school spirit, positive energy, and fun for any person who loves Emerson College. Proceeds will go to Emerson Scholarships and Emerson A cappella. Sponsored by Acappellics Anonymous with The Spirit […]

Calendar of Events

CONNECT WITH US