Joni Mitchell Project

In a rather curt start to the show, Sally Barker apologised to the audience for not being Joni Mitchell. The edge in her tone was understandable but the justification didn’t seem necessary as the very amiable audience of folk music aficionados expected only a tribute to the music of the Canadian icon. The audience were expertly eased into Sally Barker’s voice as she sang the first song without an instrumental accompaniment. Her style was certainly well suited to the challenge of capturing the magic of Mitchell’s singing, and she even looked the part. However, at no point was she trying to impersonate Mitchell’s iconic magic. Instead she tastefully performed the songs as they mattered to her. Mitchell used nearly ninety different tunings across her back-catalogue. This must have complicated the show’s choice of songs, as only four pre-tuned guitars could be used in this performance. This obstacle was superbly sidestepped by using a selection that was perfect for a crowd pleasing show. The setlist includes many revered classics, some tracks that held particular meaning for the performer, and many that reflected upon touching stages of the songstress’s life. The acoustics of the venue were excellent and when the first reassuring and familiar chords were played, it was sufficient to send shivers down my spine. The music explores the truths in life and love. When dealing with such matters, each person’s experience of the music is extremely personal, and Barker demonstrates this by altering each song to illustrate her own interpretation and appreciation of the music. A subtle range of deviations in pauses and pitch makes every second bespoke. My understanding of particular tracks was enhanced through the insight of Barker’s perspective. This experience was opened out to each member of the audience as they were encouraged to join in. There was a possibility for disaster when small percussion instruments were handed out but somehow it worked superbly. This unique chance to become involved in the music as a group was appreciated as the hall throbbed, tapped and hummed with enthusiasm.These songs were written with such passion and involvement that it seems essential to see them performed live in order to better understand their quality. Joni Mitchell Project provided the rare opportunity for a talented and insightful musician and fan alike to share such brilliant music.

Reviews by Theo Barnes

Rain

★★★★★

The Forum

★★★

Fire and the Rose

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

The Blurb

Sally Barker (Poozies), presents a captivating evening dedicated to the cool Canadian from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This is a journey of heart and mind to California via Chelsea, Paris and Des Moines. Big yellow taxi anyone? web.me.com/sallybarker/Joni_Mitchell_Project

Most Popular See More

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Life of Pi

From £19.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Anything Goes

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets