Joan Baez Brings Her Legendary Sound to the UK
Now in her 70s, nobody would begrudge Joan Baez if she decided to
hang up her touring boots and enjoy her retirement. However, the Queen of Folk is still going strong and bringing her notorious
musical stylings to audiences the world over.
Audiences across the globe can grab Joan Baez tickets
for stops on her tour, which includes performances in Paris, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, and Croatia before
she returns to the U.S. Whether you just want to relive the '60s, or you discovered Baez in your parents' vinyl collection,
do not miss out on this opportunity to see a genuine American folk legend.
Joan Baez has been performing
live for over 55 years, including an appearance at Woodstock in 1969 which helped to secure her status as an immortal of the
'60s folk scene. You might think that this makes Baez one of the most confident performers in the world, but she has suffered
from crippling stage fright for most of her career. In recent interviews, she confirmed that after years of therapy she is
finally comfortable performing on stage, and that she has also conquered her fear of flying.
was raised in an academic environment by immigrant parents, and began teaching herself to play rhythm and blues on guitar
in her teenage years. Her life changed at the age of 13 when she attended a Pete Seger concert. From that point on, she devoted
herself to the burgeoning folk scene, releasing her first album in 1960 at the age of 20.
second album, Joan Baez Vol. 2, went Gold in the U.S., and from then on she was a respected and well-known artist.
However, it is her partnership with Bob Dylan that elevated her status even further. At that point, Dylan was mostly unknown
in the U.S., but Baez's cover version of "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" brought him to national attention. The relationship
was mutually beneficial, and as Dylan rose to superstardom, Baez came to be known as one of the finest interpreters of his
work. The two had a brief relationship, as documented in the song "Diamonds & Rust," and together they became the driving
force behind the American folk revival.
Baez has recorded 35 albums during her career, with the
most recent being Day After Tomorrow in 2008. She has repeatedly proven herself as a songwriter with classic songs
such as "Diamonds & Rust" and "Sweet Sir Galahad." However, she is better known for her interpretations of the works of
other songwriters. She has recorded classic songs by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and was instrumental in bringing attention
to then-unknown songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Jackson Browne. Perhaps what Baez is most famous for is
her performance at 1969's Woodstock festival. A leading anti-war activist herself, Baez finished her set with an emotional
rendition of "We Shall Overcome," one of the most famous moments in musical history.
attending a Joan Baez concert these days are always struck by one thing: that the remarkable purity of her voice -- arguably
the defining quality of her performance -- has not diminished over the years. She still soars to those high notes, accompanying
herself on guitar. Her shows are relaxed, charming, and filled with delightful anecdotes about the incredible experiences
she has had during her musical career. Don't miss the chance to see a living legend.