RonGon 2009-Aug-22 at 07:19:59 GMT-5: (Original comment was posted referring to 1966 Mariposa...it was in fact 1965)
I did an autoharp workshop at the festival the year Joni was appearing...this was a real event for her, a coming out, because her contemporaries knew what a tremendous talent she was, and finally everyone else would too...and she was a hit! I was fortunate to have opened for her (with my partner Eric) in clubs in Toronto, and in Saginaw, (forget the club off hand....40+ years is a long time ago), in Detroit at the Cellar I think it was and the Sippin Lizard in Flint...remember sitting in the Chess Mate in Detroit with her, watching Jim & Jean Glover perform, and she scribbling thoughts on napkins.
Her writing is like an artist with a brush, vivid pictures on a canvas of music. I will love her forever
Kyrbeon 2009-Jun-21 at 08:51:44 GMT-5: I attended Mariposa in '65 and it kills me that I can't remember Joni Anderson. I remember Son House with a red fiber glass electric guitar, the Country Gentlemen, Lightfoot and, most especially, Phil Ochs singing through a bull horn in the pouring rain when the electricity went out during an evening concert. I remember Joni at subsequent Mariposa festivals (eg. at Centre Island) but my 62-year old brain won't co-operate in retrieving the memory of her songs at Innis Lake. I would love to know more about her performance in the hope that it will jog my memory.