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Gaelynn Lea

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. Gaelynn Lea has been playing violin for over twenty years, developing an improvisational style all her own. She has performed alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.

Gaelynn Lea released her debut solo album entitled "All the Roads that Lead Us Home" in November 2015. It pays homage to the traditional fiddle tunes and beloved standards that Gaelynn has been playing for over a decade. But of course, there is a twist! Gaelynn used her Memory Man looping pedal to create winding layers of sound underneath these familiar melodies.

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. The video entry of her original song "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun" rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.”

Gaelynn Lea's musical reach has expanded significantly this year thanks to the Tiny Desk Contest. Currently she in the midst of a national solo tour, and this December she will be performing in Europe for the first time as support for Low’s Christmas tour.

In addition to touring, Gaelynn Lea has had a busy year in the recording studio. She released a studio version of her Tiny Desk Contest winning song, "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun" in May of 2016. Several months later Gaelynn recorded and released a 6-track EP titled "The Songs We Sing Along the Way", backed by guitarist Al Church. In November 2016, Gaelynn Lea released a full-length holiday album, entitled "Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn", again supported by Al Church.