One artist who’s shown herself to have a natural flare for adapting to the global shutdown with her own emotionally scorching series of streamed shows is Gaelynn Lea. Once described as “Velvet Underground meets Little House On The Prairie”, the Minnesota-based musician and balladeer has an enticing way with a fiddle and loop station and a voice to break the stoutest of hearts through songs like Someday We’ll Linger In The Sun. Gaelynn is also good friends with fellow Minnesota musicians Low and a quick scan of Youtube will throw up various hair-on-end clips of her in duet with Alan Sparhawk.
Since she won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, Gaelynn has appeared in 43 states and 8 countries. The Boston Globe described her music as being “imbued with a melancholic poetry so potent it must be heard to be believed” and she’s clearly working all hours to give you the chance to do so. And when not recording and performing, Gaelynn is a well established advocate for disability rights and accessibility in the arts and has shared her insights on BBC World News, The Moth Radio Hour and two widely viewed TEDx talks. She’s also currently writing a memoir about touring and disability advocacy for release in 2022.