Joan Baez returns with ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, her first album in a decade. The album, produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann) was recorded over ten days in Los Angeles. It features music and collaborations with some of Baez’s favourite composers including Anohni and Josh Ritter.
The tracklist for the album is as follows:
Whistle Down the Wind by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Be of Good Heart by Josh Ritter
Another World by Anohni
Civil War by Joe Henry
The Things that We Are Made Of by Mary Chapin Carpenter
The President Sang Amazing Grace by Zoe Mulford
Last Leaf by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Silver Blade by Josh Ritter
The Great Correction by Eliza Gilkyson
I Wish the Wars Were All Over by Tim Eriksen
The critically acclaimed folk singer-songwriter, who marched on the frontline of the Civil War with Martin Luther King in the fight for human rights, has been an influential figure in music and politics for more than 50 years. Well known for bringing traditional folk ballads into rock music’s consciousness, she mentored Bob Dylan and was an influence on Paul Simon, Judas Priest, and Led Zeppelin.
‘Whistle Down the Wind’ coincides with a world tour in 2018, which will take in dates in the UK and Republic of Ireland. 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.”
The last time Baez toured the UK was in 2014, where she played four sold-out shows at the Royal Festival Hall. Catch her at the following dates:
March 13 – York Barbican (buy tickets)
March 14 – Birmingham Symphony Hall (buy tickets)
March 16 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (buy tickets)
March 17 – Edinburgh Usher Hall (buy tickets)
March 19 – Belfast Waterfront Hall (buy tickets)
March 21 – Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (buy tickets)
March 22 – Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (buy tickets)
May 23 – Bristol Colston Hall (buy tickets)
May 24 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall (buy tickets)
May 26 – Gateshead The Sage (buy tickets)
May 28 – London Royal Albert Hall (buy tickets)
May 29 – London Royal Albert Hall (buy tickets)
‘Whistle Down the Wind’ is out on March 2nd on Proper Records. You can pre-order it here.
Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

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