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Listen to a 1967 recording of Joni Mitchell at the Second Fret

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Joni Mitchell with Gene Shay (center) and Ed Sciaky (Shay’s left)

If you heard Gene Shay’s archived interview with Joni Mitchell last Sunday on the Folk Show, this will be a great companion listen (if you didn’t catch the show, listen back to it here). To accompany the on-air interview with Shay, his former assistant Ed Sciaky recorded Mitchell’s show at the Second Fret on Sansom St. in March of 1967. During the hour-long performance she sings “Morning Morgantown,” “From Both Sides Now,” and other favorites while explaining the backstories of each song in between. Listen to the recording below and read more about Shay’s retirement here. His next shift on the Folk Show is this Sunday, January 18th at 8 p.m.

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Listen to Allison Polans, Chelsea Mitchell, Brad Hinton and more cover Joni Mitchell

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Joni Mitchell

This Saturday night, a roster of Philly folk scene regulars will converge on the World Cafe Live upstairs stage to pay tribute to Joni Mitchell. Spearheaded by singer-songwriters Alison Polans and Imani Roach, the show will feature performances by Emily Zeitlyn of The Weeds, Chelsea Sue Allen, guitarist and singer Brad Hinton, Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dollhouse and more. Continue reading →

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Hear archival interviews with Joni Mitchell and Tom Rush on last night’s Folk Show with Gene Shay

Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell

Last night on WXPN, long time Folk Show host Gene Shay began his final run behind the mic with a dip into his archives as well as a showcase of the present-day folk world. The show included a live session from long-running West Chester trio Mason Porter, as well as a revisit of sessions with Tom Rush from 1994 and 2001. In addition, Shay dug into his archives for a 1967 interview with Joni Mitchell, originally broadcast on WMMR. Continue reading →