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My own personal gray whale!

My own personal gray whale!

Snow Leopard Cub

Snow leopard cub

Anne McCaffrey and Andre Norton

Anne McCaffrey and Andre Norton

Janis by James Glossop of the London Times

Janis by James Glossop of the London Times

Netherlands Crew

Netherlands crew

December 2, 2011

Wow, yet another amazing year! I travelled from Tokyo to London, from Florida to California, pausing to catch my breath in Nashville once in a while. Taped a BBC Songwriter Special with Neil Finn and Ryan Adams, scratched a gray whale's throat in Baja, toured Japan with Natalia Zukerman, and hosted three snow leopard cubs in a benefit for the Nashville Zoo. Performed with Angela Aki, dueted with Mary Black, and wrote one of the most beautiful songs ever with Sister Miriam Therese Winter. And said a very sad goodbye to my dear friend Anne McCaffrey. One of my fondest memories of Annie is taking her to visit her old friend Andre Norton when she stayed with us in Nashville. RIP, Annie, you are much beloved.

Next year promises to be a little calmer, though I've already accepted dates in Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, and Tel Aviv!

In the meanwhile, the annual Forum Auction for Pearl will end December 5th. We have a lot of fabulous items this year, including stunning handmade baskets like the one pictured here. 100% of your payment goes to the Pearl Foundation, so get your wallets out and head over there! Yes, you have to join the Message Board/Forum to bid, but it's not that hard - just go here. And joining the Forum doesn't mean we send you emails or bother you in any way. For that, you have to join the email list!

This has been a real year of change and challenge, as I head into my 60's and come to terms with the inevitable. The hard part, I'm finding, is not figuring out what I want to do. It's figuring out how to get there!

I have to say, I had more fun on this last tour of Benelux/UK than I've had in years. I'm not sure why - maybe because the crews were so great, the weather held, the audiences and venues were fantastic and mostly sold out? - or just because I'm starting to realize that touring will be finite - but I had a fantastic time.

In our continuing efforts to hold ticket prices by staying "lean and mean," Lee found a promising bus for next year's touring, and a giant tortoise I could ride if all else failed. We tasted fries with curried mayo dressing in Holland, and rijstaffel with my friends Ineke and Sandra, then discovered what anchovies really look like. (Not pretty, I assure you.)

I arrived home with 48 hours to unpack, answer mail, take care of business and re-pack for our annual vacation with sister-in-law Judy down on the Gulf, in the "forgotten Florida." As you can see, Judy had a terrific birthday!

In honor of the season and the struggling-but-recovering economy, we're holding a small website sale. Check out the lowered prices, which will stay that way until the New Year. Our tiny contribution to your holidays, with thanks from all of us for your continuing support of my work, my music, and the Pearl Foundation.

I think that about wraps it up. Happy holidays all!

Janis Ian

Janis

The Amazing Dutch hot dog

The Amazing Dutch hot dog

Clamped van outside Cadogan hall.

Clamped van outside Cadogan Hall

The next tour bus?

The next tour bus?

Or maybe this will be the next bus...

Or maybe this will be the next bus...

Judy's Birthday

Judy's birthday

Maute basket

Maute basket

Hot News
  • The Singer & The Song & Stars both nominated for 2015 Audie Awards!

    Two projects very dear to Janis' heart have both been nominated for prestigous Audie Awards! The audiobook for Miriam Therese Winter's The Singer & The Song, as well as the audiobook for the Stars anthology of science fiction songs based on songs by Janis, have both been honored with nominations.

  • And now, on to the tour!

    As you can see on the right, I'll be touring with Tom Paxton - and doing some solo shows - a lot this spring!

  • Thank you one and all!

    By any light, the newly-annual sale was a huge success - over $20,000 net for the Pearl Foundation! 

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on February 16, 2015

  • Sun Mar 1 Tribute to Gene Shay

    First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, PA

    Visit the venue's website

    This tribute to long-time supporter and friend Gene Shay marks his 80th birthday, and his retirement from radio (after 50 years!). Gene, along with Ed Sciaky, broke "Society's Child" in Philly - in fact, their radio show was the first out-of-town press Janis ever did! Join Janis, Tom Paxton, Kim and Reggie Harris, and a couple of very special guest stars for this singular event!

  • Wed Mar 4 w/ Tom Paxton

    South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ

    South Orange Performing Arts Center

    South Orange, NJ

    Phone: 973-313-2787

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for what feels like far too short a time.

    Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • Thur Mar 5 w/ Tom Paxton

    Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

    Tarrytown Music Hall

    Tarrytown, NY

    Phone: 877-840-0457

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Fri Mar 6 w/ Tom Paxton - Two Shows!

    The City Winery, New York, NY

    The City Winery

    New York, NY

    Phone: 212-608-0555 X 714

    Visit the venue's website

    Two shows! 7:00PM and 10:00PM. Finally, Janis and Tom in New York! This is a great venue, great sound, great performers. Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show; Janis was just 13 years old. She took the stage with Tom, Lou Gossett Jr., Phil Ochs, Eric Anderson, and other folk singers to get a standing ovation and two encores.

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "the sum is greater than the parts". They'll each be doing a solo set, so you'll still get to hear songs like "At 17", but they'll also be singing on one another's songs, harmonizing, playing backup, and kidding around. Don't miss it!

  • Sat Mar 7 w/ Tom Paxton

    Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY

    Patchogue Theatre

    Patchogue, NY

    Phone: (631) 207-1313

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr, Phil Ochs, and a few other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid - go back!"

    The show these two dear friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "the sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing on each others' songs, add harmonies and instrumentals, and share the stage for what feels like far too short a time.

    Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • Sun Mar 8 w/ Tom Paxton

    Marasco Performing Arts Center, Monroe Township, NJ

    Marasco Performing Arts Center

    Monroe Township, NJ

    Phone: (732) 521-4400

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Wed Mar 17 w/ Tom Paxton

    The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN

    The Dakota

    Minneapolis, MN

    Phone: (612) 332-5299

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Thur Mar 19 w/ Tom Paxton

    The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN

    The Dakota

    Minneapolis, MN

    Phone: (612) 332-5299

    Visit the venue's website

    Tom Paxton was at Janis' very first public show, at New York's famed Village Gate. Janis was just 13 years old. She received a standing ovation but since she was nervous and already headed back to her seat, she had no idea it was happening. (She also hadn't attended enough concerts to know that you were supposed to take an encore!) Tom, along with Lou Gossett Jr and a couple of other performers, urged her to "Go back, kid! Go back!"

    The show these two old friends put on, with the able assistance of multi-instrumentalistextraordinaire Robin Bullock, is living proof that "The sum is greater than the parts." In addition to singing old favorites like "Ramblin' Boy" and "At 17", they sing one another's songs, add harmony and instrumentals, and share the stage for far too short a time.

    Don't miss it!

  • Fri Mar 20 w/ Tom Paxton

    Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI

    Stoughton Opera House

    Stoughton, WI

    Phone: 608-877-4400

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis and Tom bring their hugely successful UK tour back home! With the additional support of master instrumentalist Robin Bullock, this is an evening not to be missed. 

  • Sat Mar 21 w/ Tom Paxton

    Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

    Old Town School of Folk Music

    Chicago, IL

    Phone: 883-728-6000

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis and Tom bring their hugely successful UK tour back home! With the additional support of master instrumentalist Robin Bullock, this is an evening not to be missed. 

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