Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album, Whistle Down The Wind, on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers.
In conjunction with the new album, Joan will undertake an extensive 2018 world tour, including UK and ROI dates in March and May. Speaking of the tour, which will begin on March 2 in Stockholm, Baez says "While 2018 will be my last year of formal extended touring, I’m looking forward to being on the road with a beautiful new album about which I am truly proud. I welcome the opportunity to share this new music as well as longtime favourites with my audiences around the world."
Whistle Down The Wind is Joan’s first new studio album in a decade, since 2008’s critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated Day After Tomorrow, which was produced by Steve Earle. Its release ignited an extraordinary decade of achievement by Joan, including: the PBS American Masters series premiere of her life story, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound (2009), which underscored the 50th anniversary of Joan’s debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Joan’s seminal debut album of 1960 was honoured by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in 2011, which inducted it into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame; and subsequently by the Library of Congress in 2015, which selected it to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. That same year, Amnesty International bestowed its highest honour on Joan, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights and she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017.
Record-breaking years of touring in the recent past included Joan’s first tours in three decades in both Australia (2013) and South America (2014). Joan’s 75th birthday was celebrated at New York’s Beacon Theater in January 2016, where she was joined by Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and a host of others.
Joan’s first solo exhibition of paintings was presented in Mill Valley, CA in 2018. The collection celebrated “Mischief Makers” – portraits of risk-taking visionaries who have brought about social change through non-violent action. The entire exhibit was subsequently purchased by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and donated to Sonoma State University, where it will eventually be displayed at an envisioned new social justice learning centre on campus.
Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature of incalculable influence. She marched on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, shined a spotlight on the Free Speech Movement, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the Vietnam War, inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest the Iraq war, and stood with old friend Nelson Mandela in London’s Hyde Park as the world celebrated his 90th birthday. Joan’s earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963. Thus began a tradition of mutual mentoring that continues on Whistle Down The Wind, and which will reverberate long into the future across Joan’s lifetime of recordings.
Upcoming Tour Dates
|Friday, 1st February 2019||Lisbon||Coliseu dos Recreios||Portugal|
|Sunday, 3rd February 2019||Paris||L’Olympia||France|
|Tuesday, 5th February 2019||Paris||L’Olympia||France|
|Wednesday, 6th February 2019||Paris||L’Olympia||France|
|Friday, 8th February 2019||Amsterdam||Royal Theatre Carré||Netherlands|
|Saturday, 9th February 2019||Antwerp||Queen Elisabeth Hall||Belgium|
|Tuesday, 12th February 2019||Paris||L’Olympia||France|
|Wednesday, 13th February 2019||Paris||L’Olympia||France|
|Friday, 15th February 2019||Strasbourg||Salle Erasme||France|
|Saturday, 16th February 2019||Munich||Philharmonie (Munich)||Germany|
|Address: c/o Wilhlem Gienger KG Poinger Straße 4 85570 Markt Schwaben. Venue phone: 49 (0)8121 / 444 66. Buy Tickets|
|Monday, 18th February 2019||Hamburg||Mehr! Theater||Germany|
|Tuesday, 19th February 2019||Frankfurt||Alte Oper Hall||Germany|
|Friday, 22nd February 2019||Brighton||Brighton Dome||United Kingdom|
|Venue phone: 01273 700747. Buy Tickets|
|Saturday, 23rd February 2019||Cardiff||St David’s Hall||United Kingdom|
|Venue phone: 029 2087 8500. Buy Tickets|
|Monday, 25th February 2019||Manchester||Bridgewater Hall||United Kingdom|
|Venue phone: 0161 950 0000. Buy Tickets|
|Tuesday, 26th February 2019||Glasgow||Royal Concert Hall||United Kingdom|
|Venue phone: 0141 353 8000. Buy Tickets|
|Thursday, 28th February 2019||London||London Palladium||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 1st March 2019||London||London Palladium||United Kingdom|