Canadian super-producer and performer Daniel Lanois knows a thing or two about making music; after producing U2’s iconic album The Joshua Tree, he produced records for megastars including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.
Danial Lanois at Luminato Festival
Lanois also has eight best-selling solo albums to his name so…we’re pretty sure Luminato made the right call by celebrating him twice in their 2014 program.
Producer Hal Willner will honour Lanois and his work live at Massey Hall on June 10. Willner’s Sleeping in the Devil’s Bed: The Music of Daniel Lanois is a who’s who of performers including Martha Wainwright and Kevin Drew and folk legends Mary Margaret O’Hara, Anna McGarrigle, The Handsome Family, and Emmylou Harris.
This is not the first time Lanois and Harris have shared a stage. In 1993, Kensington’s executive producer Robert Lang filmed them at the Mariposa music festival in Orillia, Ontario. The timing is noteworthy as it was just before the two collaborated for the first time on Harris’ grammy-award winning album Wrecking Ball in 1995.
In this clip from Mariposa: Under A Stormy Sky, Lanois and Harris both speak to what folk music means to them:
Kensington’s 53-minute documentary Mariposa: Under A Stormy Sky features several performances and interviews with Daniel Lanois and Emmylou Harris. Watch Lanois perform at the film’s start, again at 38:18 and at 48:56. Watch Harris speak and perform at 40:06.