Smart bets: Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell tribute

Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin

The folk music of singer-songwriters Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell has a second voice through tribute artists Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin, respectively, “but our goal is not to mimic,” Shapira says. “We want to show how those music legends have influenced our own development as artists, so we sing their songs in our own way, and we also play our own original music.” Shapira calls her back-and-forth set with Martin highly interactive. Both cover artists share the songs’ historical and personal significance between numbers and provide harmonies for one another. “In fact, that’s something the audience seems to enjoy the most, especially when they can sing along,” Shapira says. “While Baez and Mitchell didn’t perform together very often and weren’t close, we nevertheless hope to demonstrate the inclusion and camaraderie that’s possible in folk music.” Isis Restaurant & Music Hall hosts an evening with Joan and Joni Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. $15. isisasheville.com. Photo by Eric M. Hilton

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