Janis Ian & Tom Paxton
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

folk icons share the stage

$46 adv / $50 door - SOLD OUT

April 26 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets will be available when the show starts at 8pm


Tom PaxtonJanis Ian“Are you going away with no word of farewell? Will there be not a trace left behind?” Folk icon Tom Paxton returns to the Freight for two farewell performances with an inspiring new album, Redemption Road, and a wonderful musical partner, the incomparable Janis Ian.

Tom’s songs, his voice, and his words are in our musical DNA. This is the man who wrote and lives the words, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me.” As the late Pete Seeger said, “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America.” Tom was honored with the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and has also won Lifetime Achievement awards from ASCAP and the BBC. “The Last Thing On My Mind,” “Bottle Of Wine,” “Ramblin’ Boy” – his marvelous songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists, from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo, Doc Watson to Harry Belafonte, Kate Wolf to Norah Jones. “Tom Paxton embodies the spirit of folk music in the most beautiful sense,” says Ani DiFranco. “Not just in his song crafting, his work ethic, his politics, and his dedication to people’s music, but also in his kind and generous heart.” His songs are poignant and tender, pointed and political, timeless and timely – pure folk.

Janis is probably best known for her hit songs “Society’s Child” – which she wrote and recorded in 1965 when she was 14 – and “At 17” – which includes those indelible lines “I learned the truth at 17 / that love was meant for beauty queens.” Here’s how she describes those early years: “I wrote my first song at 12. Was published at 13. Made a record at 14, had a hit at 15, and was a has-been at 16. So ‘At 17’ means more to me than you can know.” Over the course of her venerable career, she has received nine Grammy nominations and won twice, including Best Pop Female Performance. Her concerts are mesmerizing. Here’s the London Times describing a performance: “The show was all about the songs, the lyrics, the person; but posterity also demands a quick mention of her acoustic guitar. She played it so beautifully, with an attention to touch and tone far exceeding that of the great majority of singers accompanying themselves in this way.” Janis was the first musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and she was one of the first celebrities to come out publicly. A Who’s Who of great singers have recorded her songs, including Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Nana Mouskouri, and Joan Baez. She has enjoyed huge success internationally, particularly in Japan, where she topped the charts at #1 for more than a year.

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