‘Both Sides Now’ would have made a perfect closing song for Mitchell’s set, but she decided to end with another of her wistful hits, ‘The Circle Game.’ Accompanied by both her fellow musicians and the crowd, Mitchell sang her ode to the fleeting beauty of childhood.
Now here’s the moment from Mitchell’s appearance that was worth the price of admission all by itself. Mitchell tackles ‘Both Sides Now,’ one of her greatest songs, in a beautiful, moving performance that makes wonderful use of the lower register she has developed after a lot of cigarettes and a lot of time.
Every musician onstage got a change to contribute to the next clip, ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ and the audience was encouraged to sing along as well.
Mitchell still managed to be heard among the crowd, however, and worked in some nifty dance moves for a woman who wasn’t able to walk or talk not too long ago.
Here’s another song from Mitchell’s greatest album, Blue, performed in a lovely trio with Brandi Carlile and Marcus Mumford. Carlile, a brilliant and powerful vocalist, can’t help but overpower Mitchell here, but the legendary songwriter tackles a few stanzas on her own and sounds great.
The set took place at the Newport Folk Festival, where Mitchell last appeared way back in 1969, and featured Mitchell’s friend and collaborator Brandi Carlile along with a host of other musicians.