Learning How to Stay

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".