Joni Mitchell surprised the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival this weekend when she joined Brandi Carlile on stage for two songs.
Fans were treated to a rare performance from the music legend when she appeared during Carlile’s set on Sunday (July 24). Together, the duo sang Mitchell’s classics “Both Sides Now” and “A Case Of You,” released in 1966 and 1971, respectively. She also performed the guitar solo to his 1974 song “Just Like This Train.”
Footage filmed by fans from the performance shows the tenderness Mitchell, 78, still captures in her voice, with a visibly emotional Carlile sitting next to her. Watch it below.
It was the second time Mitchell had appeared at the three-day festival since 1968, which was held in Newport, Rhode Island.
It was also his second public performance this year, following an April appearance at the MusiCares Person of the Year 2022 gala. She received the titular honor at the event and celebrated with renditions of her 1970 classics “Big Yellow Taxi” and “The Circle Game,” joined by Carlile, Beck, Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Stills, Jon Batiste and Moreover.
It was the first time she had performed live since 2013, when she gave two impromptu performances at events where she was asked to recite poetry. Before that, his last live shows were in 2002, two years after he retired from touring.