Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Seal and Norah Jones have performed in a special concert tribute to Canadian icon Joni Mitchell scheduled for a one-night cinema screening on February 7.

Two sold-out concerts were recorded in LA  in November of last year and other artists taking part included Graham Nash, Rufus Wainwright, Kris Kristofferson, Brandy Carlile and Chaka Khan.

 The second of the two shows took place on Mitchell’s 75th birthday on November 7. The jazz-inflected singer blew out the candles marking the occasion with all her musical pals on stage. In an interview at the Music Center in LA prior to the concert, fellow musician and old friend James Taylor talked positively about Mitchell's recovery - the reclusive singer has suffered serious illness in recent years. 

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The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will be shown in cinemas in the U.S.A and Canada on February 7, as mentioned, and a soundtrack album will be released on March 1 on the Verve label.

Chaka Khan who recorded with Joni Mitchell back in the eighties

Variety reported on the concerts which took place on November 6 and 7 last, its critic writing that "Carlile and Krall were the two singers who sounded most uncannily like Mitchell in certain moments."  

The reporter also noted Seal’s powerful performance of A Strange Boy from Mitchell's ground-breaking Hejira album, "the strangeness of which he knocked out of the park. Wainwright, Jones and Hansard, it was reported distinguished themselves with "knockout numbers."

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Meanwhile, Hansard's solo album, This Wild Willing, will be released on April 12 via Anti-Records. I’ll Be You, Be Me', taken from the record, is currently streaming on platforms.

Most of the new songs from the Oscar-winning musician and Frames front-man were begun in improvisational mode."Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder,"  Hansard declared.

Glen Hansard