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Watch Joni Mitchell's surprise comeback performance at Newport Folk Festival

The 78-year-old singer returned to the festival after 53 years where she played her first full set in roughly two decades
Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile at Newport Folk Festival 2022. Image courtesy of video still.

Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile at Newport Folk Festival 2022. Image courtesy of video still.


Reported by Carol Anne Szel

"Joni’s looked at life from so many sides and she came out of the storm singing like a prophet," Brandi Carlile gushed on her official Facebook page after appearing with legendary Joni Mitchell at Sunday's Newport Folk Festival.

The festival, that's been around since 1959 in Rhode Island, has not seen Mitchell grace it's stage in 53 years, and there was not a dry eye in the house when Joni and Brandi Carlile graced the stage.

Brandi mused, "After all she’s been through she returned to the Newport Folk Festival stage after 53 years and I will never forget sitting next to her while she stopped this old world for a while…"

Carlile, still in fan girl mode insisted, "I will never be over this. I can’t quite find the words yet."

"There’s so much value and peace in our way pavers. Hold them up extra high today. It’s never too late." Brandi Carlile poignantly pointed out to this sold out audience.