Joni Mitchell surprises fans with rare performance at Newport Folk Festival

Joni Mitchell surprises fans with rare performance at Newport Folk Festival

Published July 25, 2022
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The legendary 78-year-old took the stage during an already star-studded set billed as Brandi Carlile and Friends, which included Wynonna Judd, Holly Laessig of Lucius, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others.

Carlile, 41, has been a champion of Mitchell’s work, honoring her with many other artists at awards ceremonies, including the Kennedy Centers Honor ceremony in 2021 and this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony.

Following the MusiCares event, which also included performances by Beck, St. Vincent, Mickey Guyton, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles, Mitchell gushed: “That was such an exciting musical evening for me, to hear my music performed so well by everybody that was on stage.”

“I could retire now and just let other people do it,” she said. Mitchell has been assumed to be retired since she suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015, so the comment sparked some speculation that she may just be planning to perform again.