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Other than Jett, they’re the most famous Joans of the rock world.
The music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell will take center stage at the Williamsburg Regional Library next month for the library’s annual Dewey Decibel Concert Series.
On May 20, the folk duo Joan & Joni will perform a collection of songs by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Comprised of singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin, the band covers classic songs by the two influential folk singers, as well as hidden gems from their extensive back catalogs.
“By weaving Baez and Mitchell’s themes together with their own individual messages, Shapira and Martin place an important part of American history in a modern context,” read a library press release.
Throughout the performance, Shapira and Martin will share some of their history — and the effect Baez and Mitchell have had on their own development as modern musicians.
According to the release, Martin’s roots go back to the banks of the Shenandoah River. Shapira, on the other hand, describes herself as a “recovering opera singer,” who recently found her authentic voice as a folksinger.
Shapira’s debut album, “Coming Home” was released at Club Passim (then Club 47) — the famed Boston coffeehouse venue where Joan Baez got her start in 1958.
“Shapira and Martin’s power comes from their authenticity as performers,” read the release. “They touch people not just through their music but also through their passion and drive to inspire and connect with their audience.”
If you want to go…
Saturday May 20th at 7:30 pm at the Williamsburg Library at 515 Scotland Street.
For additional information about Joan & Joni visit www.joanandjoni.com.
Additional concert details at www.wrl.org/events.