Joni Mitchell performs at the Newport Folk Festival as a surprise.

In 1967, a woman who trusted in Joni Mitchell's singing took joni to the Newport Festival the first time.

Others welcomed the 78-year-old superstar back for a historic concert to finish out this year's Rhode Island event.

The first was Judy Collins, who asked a unknown Mitchell into spend an afternoon with her.

honoring rising folk singer-songwriters alongside future icons including such Leonard Cohen

Brandi Carlile was the driving force behind Mitchell's comeback to the stage on Sunday night.

The crowd was ecstatic as the voice behind classic like "Two Sides Now" returned to Fort Adams for the first time 

since an evening engagement there in 1969, which was her first full-length public concert since 2000.

For the last 5 years, Carlile has worked tirelessly to secure Mitchell's place at the center of popular music history.

conducting tribute concerts, producing liner notes for Mitchell's archival series, and becoming a good friend,

who has spent many years healing from a brain aneurysm that occurred in 2015.