A TRIBUTE to a legendary singer-songwriter is kicking off its UK tour in Leek – with many of the performers having a connection to the town.
The Joni Mitchell Songbook is a celebration of four decades of work by the Canadian singer, including such iconic songs as Both Sides Now, Big Yellow Taxi, Blue and Woodstock.
The band is fronted by Leek-based singer and vocal coach Sarah Miller. Sarah has put the act together in collaboration with keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, who also has a Leek connection – having worked as a Post & Times journalist for several years.
The show includes a special guest appearance by young Leek guitarist Jordan Swann, who is fast establishing himself as one of the top up-and-coming players in the country.
Sarah is also a backing vocalist with well-established Steely Dan tribute Nearly Dan, and has recruited two other members of that band to play in The Joni Mitchell Songbook – Ollie Collins on bass (whose CV includes Badly Drawn Boy and Corrine Bailey Rae) and drummer Carl Hemingsley (who has worked with Ruby Turner and Wynton Marsalis, among many others).
Sarah told LASAR Radio: “This is actually our second visit to the Foxlowe – Aidan and myself played a ‘warm up’ gig there in 2016 as a duo – but now we’re back with a full band and we’re thrilled to be kicking off this tour on home turf.”
Aidan added: “Sarah and I are so excited by this band. Joni’s songs are a joy to play and with a dream line-up of top musicians, we’re confident this is a show everyone will enjoy.”
The Joni Mitchell Songbook is at the Foxlowe Arts Centre on Saturday, March 3. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 in advance from the Foxlowe or £12 on the door.
More details at www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk and www.jonitribute.com.
Pictured: Singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Critchlow.