“Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie.”
Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and not long after she hit the road with her husband Paul. So far she has toured in 45 states and 9 countries, captivating audiences around the world with her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Gaelynn Lea has appeared in several major festivals over the years, including SXSW, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Reykjavik Arts Festival. She has also opened for well-known bands such as Wilco, The Decemberists, LOW, The Jayhawks, and the industrial rock supergroup Pigface.
In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about Disability Rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. She uses her music as a platform to advocate for disabled people and to promote positive social change. In recent years, she has shared her perspective on PBS NewsHour, OnBeing with Krista Tippett, The Moth Radio Hour, NowThis, The Science of Happiness Podcast, and via two widely-viewed TEDx Talks. Gaelynn Lea is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures and disability advocacy that she plans to release in 2022.
Gaelynn Lea began performing weekly YouTube concerts called “Sunday Sessions” when the pandemic interrupted her touring schedule in March 2020. Fans from all over the world continue to join her on Sunday afternoons for this interactive concert series which features improvisational live-looped violin, original songs, and a different special guest every episode. Captions are provided for Deaf and hard-of-hearing music lovers. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions, comment, and share life updates in the chat… It’s an online music club that everyone is welcome to join!
Watch the Replay from May 2nd: “Sunday Sessions” with Guest Artists from Synergies Work
Tune in May 9th: “Sunday Sessions” with Special Guest Martin Atkins
Tune in May 11th: NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Contest Family Hour”
Tune in May 16th: “Sunday Sessions” with Special Guest Xanthe Alexis
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Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music; her approach incorporates live looping, thoughtful lyrics and sonic exploration. Gaelynn has released three full-length solo albums to date…
Gaelynn is passionate about disability education and awareness-building through public speaking engagements. She gives informative, entertaining and thought-provoking presentations on a number of topics, including disability rights, accessibility in the arts, finding inner freedom and living an enriching life. So far Gaelynn has been able…
Thank you to the generous folks who have joined Gaelynn’s team on Patreon! Their monthly donations are making it possible for her to produce Sunday Sessions (her weekly YouTube show) and WRITE HER FIRST BOOK! Gaelynn is currently crafting a memoir about her touring…
Dear Senator Klobuchar, I am a disabled violinist and songwriter, and I can confidently say that the lack of accessible venues is the number one barrier I face when it comes to pursuing my career as a full-time touring artist. My choice of performance…
Dear Governor Walz, My name is Gaelynn Lea and I am a lifelong Minnesotan, musician, and Disability Rights advocate. I know that you care about Minnesotans from every walk of life, which is why I am urging you to enact a statewide mandatory mask…
Dear Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, We all know that masks are scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and that unfortunately it has become a topic of great debate and division. With a different approach initially from the Federal government, I…