Mitchell, now 78, suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015, which required rehabilitation and physical therapy to recover. In 2018, singer David Crosby said Mitchell had to relearn how to walk.
Ever since, Mitchell had been largely out of the public eye, though she has made some appearances at concerts over the years.
speaking to Guardian In 2020, the Big Yellow Taxi singer opened up about her intense recovery.
“I’m just concentrating on getting my health back,” she said. “You know what? I came back from polio, so here I am again, and struggling back… Just inching my way along. I’m showing slow improvement but moving forward.
“Because once again I couldn’t walk. I had to learn how again. I couldn’t talk. Polio didn’t grab me like that, but the aneurysm took away a lot more, really. Took away my speech and my ability to walk.
“And, you know, I got my speech back quickly, but the walking I’m still struggling with. But I mean, I’m a fighter. I’ve got Irish blood! So you know, I knew, ‘Here I go again, another battle.'”
In July this year, Mitchell stunned fans with a surprise return to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
It marked the Canadian singer’s first full set live performance in 20 years.
“I wanted to be good, and I wasn’t sure that I could be,” Mitchell told CBS following the performance.
“But I didn’t sound too bad tonight.”