Gaelynn Lea

Woman in a wheelchair playing the fiddle
Richard Carter

It's been a year since Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea started livestreaming from home weekly during the COVID-19 pandemic. DJ Malachy checked in with her on the Local to talk about what the past year has been like for her and what she has coming up. They talked about the EP she released using material from those home sessions; you can listen to full versions of those songs on Gaelynn's Bandcamp page.

The final Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is known as Brunch and Recovery Day, a chance to sleep in and wind down another year with a chill, daylit  final Homegrown hang. This year, everything was different; what we were recovering from was not a week of late nights and overindulgence, but a week that, while it had many fun moments, just felt...off. No kickball, no "Happy Homegrown!" said while passing friends on the street on the way to another venue, no trolley, no hugs.

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 5/3

May 2, 2019
Port City Limit
Port City Limit

Homegrown Music Festival:

Thursday:

Jacob Mahon - DTA Trolley | 8pm | all ages

Friday:

Port City Limit - Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe | 6:45pm | free | all ages
Gaelynn Lea - Sacred Heart Music Center | 8pm | all ages
Mint Vintage - Blacklist Artisan Ales | 8:30pm | 21+ with wristband
Nat Harvie Trio - Sacred Heart Music Center | 9pm | all ages
MRS. & the Sordid Affairs - Pizza Luce | 12pm | 21+ with wristband

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 1/18

Jan 17, 2019
Cap N' Seabeard
Cap N' Seabeard

Zeus Rebel Waters*
True hip hop and rap
The Red Herring Lounge
Thursday, January 17 | 9pm | $7 | 21+

Mint Vintage, Vermillion Heights, The Permanent Vacation*
Energetic garage and pop rock
Blush
Friday, January 18 | 8pm | $5

Cap N’ Seabeard, Sam Weaver
Acoustic folk and country
Beaners Central
Saturday, January 18 | $5 | all ages

Woman in a wheelchair playing fiddle
John Heino for KUMD

The past two years have been a whirlwind for this Duluth native. After winning the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Contest in 2016, she's toured nationally and internationally, performed with a variety of artists including The Decemberists, and given talks about disability, music, and finding inner freedom. She recently released Learning How to Stay, her first album backed by a full band. She had a release show for the album on November 17 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, and she joined us in the studio the following week, on November 21.

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt sat down with international touring Duluth performer Gaelynn Lea at the Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 8th 2018. Lea, winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, shared her experience at the Folk Fest and talked about the release of her "Lost in the Woods" music video and album "Learning How to Stay". Equipped with perhaps the world's tiniest microphone, KUMD felt at home in Canada chatting with one of our favorite local artists.

Gaelynn Lea
Monika Lawrence

Galeynn Lea, accompanied by her full band, take the Sacred Heart stage on Saturday, November 17th to celebrate the release of "Learning How to Stay".

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1, a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

NorShor Benefit Concert
NorShor Theatre

LetsTalkMN.com is presenting a Mental Health Awareness concert featuring American country/blues musician 

Man with guitar, woman playing drums, man playing bass
Stevie Twining for KUMD

For some, it was an emotional homecoming to a venue that hosted some of the most memorable moments from Duluth's music and arts scene from the '90s to the mid-2000s. For others, it was a first chance to experience music in one of Duluth's last remaining historic  theaters.

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 3/2

Mar 1, 2018
Twin Cities PBS

Gabriel Douglas, Laura Sellner, Nick Costa, and Jordyn Johnsrud
Storytellers. Featured Singer/Songwriters from Minnesota explain the meaning of a song before playing it in an Intimate Listening Experience
The Red Herring Lounge
Thursday, March 1 | 7 PM | $5 | All Ages

KUMD is Proud to Sponsor The 4onthefloor
Stomping Blues band comes to party. 4 Bass Drums. Fun 4 everyone. Let's Party
The RedHerring Lounge
Friday, March 2 | 9 PM | $10 | 21+

The first music event at NorShor is just around the corner! This exciting local music showcase will feature Low and Dave Simonett with special guests Gaelynn Lea, Superior Siren, Coyote, Rick McLean, Benson Ramsey, Anna Tennis, Paul Lundgren, and Take It With You!

 Former Duluth mayor, Don Ness, will host this historic evening celebrating local music, community and the newly renovated NorShor Theatre.  

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 11/10

Nov 9, 2017
Lesser Planets
Lesser Planets Facebook

Charlie Parr, Anima, and Jacob Mahon
Good ol' fashioned folk with the kind himself, Charlie Parr
Red Herring
Thursday, November 9 | 9 PM | $5 | 18+ 

As KUMD prepares to blow out 2017 with our 60th anniversary, we don't want to lose sight of all the things we did this year to get people talking. Thirty years of For The Birds.  Expanded Homegrown Music Festival coverage.  The local musician making national news.  KUMD was where you turned when you wanted to hear what the loss of David Bowie, Prince or the other icons who said goodbye this year meant to music. We take a look back at how KUMD had you talking this year.

Local singer, songwriter, and fiddler Gaelynn Lea's whole life changed when she won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert contest earlier this year. She and her husband sold their house, outfitted a van for touring, and hit the road. Lea was last in our studios the day before she found out the big news; we were happy to welcome her back on November 9, 2016 to find out about everything that's happened since then, and to hear tracks from her upcoming Christmas album Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn. She'll perform a CD release show on Saturday, November 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

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