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Monthly Update

May 8, 2012

Janis, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky

Janis, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky

A busy, busy couple of weeks! Had a great time with old friends Cheryl Wheeler and Lucy Kaplansky at the annual Clearwater Benefit in Tarrytown. And of course, my sweethearts Tom Paxton and Tom Chapin were there. In fact, it occurred to Debra and me that we could do a tour of "Janis and her Tom Toms" at some point...

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I was also privileged to give the keynote address to the Alabama Librarians Association in Hoover, followed up a week later by two sold out shows with Karla Bonoff at the Hoover Library. What a great idea, to build a beautiful small theater as part of a library! I wish it was like that everywhere...

Janis & Tom Paxton

Janis & Tom Paxton

Pat and I got to see the incredible Lily Tomlin when she performed in Nashville last week. Can't recommend her show highly enough - we laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

AND I just got off the phone with my audiobook editor, and it will be available for download as of June 7th - details and clips to follow!

I'm headed up to Warren Wilson College to give the commencement address this Saturday - imagine, me, the high school dropout, telling graduates how to commence their lives!

Janis & Tom Chapin

Janis & Tom Chapin

The following Monday I'll be having rotator cuff surgery, so I'll be off line for at least four weeks and probably closer to eight. With no wish to offend, let me ask you all not to email me, or Judy, or Debra, with well wishes or questions -- Debra's going on vacation, Judy will have her hands full, and I won't be able to respond. In lieu of get well cards, I'm asking that micro-payments equivalent to the card and stamp be made to the Pearl Foundation through Paypal and our donation buttons on the site. I have a great surgeon, I'm not worried, and I'm actually (don't tell anyone I work with...) looking forward to some peace and quiet. Even physical therapy sounds pretty good compared to how busy I've been these past couple of years!

Most of all, I'm going to start plowing through all the great books I've been wanting to read these past couple of years - on my Kindle, on Pat's iPad, from the library and our fabulous local bookstore, Parnassus. I plan to enjoy myself as much as possible.

Janis & Lily Tomlin

Janis & Lily Tomlin

So thanks in advance for your well wishes, and for those of you following my "Quote of the Day" on Facebook, Twitter, or my own forums, it's going to be a while, so let me leave you with this:

"After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books."
~Albert Camus

With all best wishes,

Janis Ian

Janis

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All tour dates updated on April 6, 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

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    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:

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    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

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    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

  • Saturday, August 7 - NEW 2022 DATE TBA

    Shalin Liu, Rockport, MA

    Shalin Liu

    Rockport, MA

    Phone: (978) 546-7391

    Visit the venue's website

    NEW 2022 DATE TBA. Janis has been hearing about Shalin Liu from friends for more than a decade, and it's taken this long to coordinate schedules so she could do two nights in this prestigious venue. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! Since she'll be there for two nights, things should get a bit more relaxed than usual - maybe an extra step out guitar solo, or an audience Q&A. Who knows?! We can promise that this ten-time-Grammy-nominee will put on a great show, with plenty of heart and soul. 8 pm show

  • Sunday, August 8 - NEW 2022 DATE TBA

    Shalin Liu, Rockport, MA

    Shalin Liu

    Rockport, MA

    Phone: (978) 546-7391

    Visit the venue's website

    NEW 2022 DATE TBA. Janis has been hearing about Shalin Liu from friends for more than a decade, and it's taken this long to coordinate schedules so she could do two nights in this prestigious venue. Expect old songs, new songs, stories, and time afterward for hellos and signing whatever you bring or buy! Since she'll be there for two nights, things should get a bit more relaxed than usual - maybe an extra step out guitar solo, or an audience Q&A. Who knows?! We can promise that this ten-time-Grammy-nominee will put on a great show, with plenty of heart and soul. 8 pm start!

  • 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.

  • Friday, March 11th

    McCabes Guitar Shop, Los Angeles, CA

    McCabes Guitar Shop

    Los Angeles, CA

    Phone: 310-828-4497

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

  • Saturday, March 12th

    McCabes Guitar Shop, Los Angeles, CA

    McCabes Guitar Shop

    Los Angeles, CA

    Phone: 310-828-4497

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

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