Video from The Aionoshi Festival in Nara, Japan and staged at Todaiji, an eighth-century Buddhist temple.
Joni was accompanied by a traditional Irish folk band, The Chieftans. Founder of the group, Paddy Moloney is playing the tin whistle.
Tho not shown in this video clip, Joni joined Bob Dylan and other performers during the encore of each show. The final concert was broadcast live on TV in Japan by NHK and elsewhere as The Great Music Experience.
Guitarist/producer Ry Cooder, who also performed with The Chieftans at the event, said The Magdalene Laundry song was his musical highlight of the whole three days.
'The Chieftans backing up Joni Mitchell when she did that song was bone-chilling,' said Cooder. 'It was the zenith of that whole thing and most of it was just junk, including my performance.' — The Chieftains: the authorized biography by John Glatt
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