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Monthly Update

End Of The Year 2010

Janis & Tom Paxton at the BirchmereScholarship CheckScholarship Check

Scholarship Checks!

Yes, yes, yes!!! Another banner year for the Pearl Foundation! First, the new-but-now-annual Christmas in August sale netted over $9,000. Next, the fan-run annual Message Board Auction raised a beautiful $7,203.00. (Thank you Kathleen, Hoops, and Jeff!) Last, we were able to donate an additional $10,381.00 in profits. All that, plus your Paypal and tip jar donations (and the maturation of a smartly-purchased Certificate of Deposit by yours truly five years ago) is allowing us to continue building our scholarship funds at Berea College, KY and Warren Wilson College, NC by donating $90,000.00!!!

Yep, you saw it right. Ninety-thousand dollars in Pearl Foundation scholarship money went out to these wonderful institutions last week. A huge thanks to each and every one of you!

On the business end of things (as it were...), Sony Japan are preparing a beautiful set of reissues, culminating in the release of my two-album recording Remember: Live In Japan & Australia. This is great news for anyone who's hoped to get a copy of the long out-of-print 1979 set! We are hoping to manufacture them here in time for next fall... because it's looking a lot like I'll be spending most of the fall touring in the UK and Europe!!! Dates aren't finalized, and we're still hoping to expand a bit into other territories (Scandinavia, Germany, France, Prague anyone?), but I'll definitely be playing Benelux, Ireland, Scotland, and the UK. (Remember - if there's a venue you think I would do well in, bother them until they contact my agent!!)

I'll be leaving town in early January to spend a few days at the home of Kevin Eubanks, guitarist extraordinaire. We met because my Google Alerts told me he'd cited my song "Stars" as his favorite song; I sent an e-mail thanking him, and the rest is history. He has a brand new house by the ocean, and he cooks, so I'm really excited at the prospect of spending a few days with him, talking and making music.

Janis & Tom Paxton at the Birchmere

The New Santa Cruz

After that, it's into rehearsals with Natalia Zukerman, who'll be coming to Japan with me on January 16 for two weeks. Looking forward to seeing all my friends at the Billboard Live clubs again - and we actually have two days off in Osaka, can you believe it?! I'm planning to eat loads of sushi with Angela Aki and her crew, see my old friends Reiko Yukawa and Masa Kajimoto, and add a bunch of new songs to the shows there.

I also got a new Santa Cruz this year - check it out! She's absolutely stunning, plays like a dream. Still my own model, but this time I worked closely with Richard Hoover and his crew to design something very different from what I've been playing. Not that I don't still love The Black, but it's time to move on a bit.

The Great Equipment Coverup

The Great Equipment Coverup

I'm very happy to be part of Christine Lavin's wonderful new CD, Just One Angel. I have to tell you a funny story. When Chris was putting together an NPR show around the CD, she asked everyone participating for their favorite childhood Christmas memories. Without thinking, I responded "My favorite part of Christmas was being Jewish." Well, everyone cracked up, but after thinking about it for a while, I realized I meant it. So here's a little Christmas cheer to come your way!

On a personal note, every year Pat complains that my equipment is cluttering up the library - but this year, I solved it by throwing some sheepskin over all of it, then decorating the piles. Think she'll realize?

<grin>

Janis & Tom Paxton at the Birchmere

The Christmas Fireplace

I also solved the "How do we make that fireplace look Christmas-y" - and yes, the poster is from Peewee Herman, inscribed to Pat. Don't ask....

I'm about to marinate an amazing roast I'll be making tomorrow - thought I ordered an eight pound, but wound up with a twelve, so I've got to get cracking.... Best wishes to one and all for a great holiday season, and a very happy New Year!!!

Best,

Janis Ian

Janis

Hot News
  • Ebay Auction To Benefit The Pearl Foundation

    Please share!! As many of you know, my wife and I moved recently, downsizing from 4,500 sq ft to 1,000. We have no room left for most of my "stuff"!!! so I'm in the process of donating my archives, so most of my memorabilia is going there - however, my friend Joan Maute helped me select things that seemed appropriate for Pearl Foundation fundraisers. We are beginning with a 7-day auction with multiple items.This auction will end Sunday, May 16th at 4:00PM PT.

  • Pearl Foundation Update

    Astonished and grateful to say that the Pearl Foundation has donated $44,000 in scholarship endowments for the year 2020, bringing our grand total to $1,235,500.00 in scholarship funding, with more than 75 graduates to date. Thank you all for your support!

  • New Album Hope Now Available!

    Hope, a collection of 12 pieces from the Janis Ian Archives, ranging from 1976 to 2011, is now available exclusively in the Janis Ian Store. On sale as a digital album only, most of these tracks have never been heard before. Visit the store for more information and download options!! Hope will be available at other online stores and streaming services sometime after the new year.

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on May 5, 2021

  • Sunday June 27 to Saturday July 3

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Mando Banjo Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. The final week will also feature a second, more interactive class tentatively titled "War Stories". Time of classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on

  • Sunday July 04 to Saturday July 10

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of

  • Sunday July 11 to Saturday July 17

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of

  • Sunday July 18 to Saturday July 24

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina,

    Phone:

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of

  • Sunday July 25 to Saturday July 31

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week, Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Swannanoa Gathering Cont. Folk & Guitar Week

    Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA

    Phone: N/A

    Visit the venue's website

    Note that Swannanoa is moving online for 2021; for more information, please visit their website.

    For the first time, Janis will be giving her 5-day series "A Master Class In Artistry" during each of the Swannanoa Gathering weeks. Time of her classes is TBA; please check the  website for more information. The 5 day class covers everything from the origins of artists to physicalization, songwriting for profit and not so much, performance, the need to be brave, how to survive as an artist in the modern world, and why bother. Points are illustrated with songs and playing as she takes us on a journey that begins with the first caveman to tell a story and continues through the myth of the artist as "crazy", the need for silence, and

  • Thursday, February 24th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Friday, February 25th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Saturday, February 26th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Sunday, February 27th

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA, Santa Fe, NM

    Santa Fe *break in show*, information TBA

    Santa Fe, NM

    Please do not try to second guess the venue or call local venues. Information will be posted when available. Thank you.

  • Sunday, March 6th

    The Magnolia, El Cajon, CA

    The Magnolia

    El Cajon, CA

    Phone: 619-651-2004

    Visit the venue's website

    Solo show. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 15th, 2021.

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