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Music, Sat 28 Sep 2019

Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea


We're well and truly over the moon to be welcoming Gaelynn Lea back to Leeds this September! After hosting her first show here in December last year we couldn't wait to see her lively set of deeply engaging songs and amazing character return to the city. This time taking place at the Brudenell with support from Rising Ashes, who we were lucky to have play their unique blend of English folk and traditional Indian songs for us in winter too. []

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Info about Gaelynn Lea Music: [] []

Latest album Learning How to Stay out September 7, 2018...

“Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea and set about absolutely obliterating your heart.”
- Dan Auerbach (Grammy-winning artist and producer, The Black Keys)

When Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, her two decades as a hardworking and talented Minnesota musician
finally crystallized in a beautiful moment of national recognition. It was also just the beginning of a grand adventure. With the
wind of her award at their backs, Gaelynn and her husband Paul sold their house, quit their jobs, bought a van, and hit the road.
Since then, Gaelynn has played over 425 shows in 42 states and seven countries, adding nearly 100,000 miles to their Ford
Econoline’s odometer. The singer-songwriter and violinist has graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City
Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. This June she was featured at arts festivals in Iceland and
Switzerland; she then played Winnipeg Folk Fest in July, Travelers Rest Festival in August and Halifax Pop Explosion in October.
Yet somehow between this perpetual blitz of performances, Gaelynn also managed to release her third full-length album in
September. Until this point Gaelynn Lea has presented most of her songs using only a few tools: a violin, a voice, and a looping
pedal. But for her latest, Gaelynn Lea enlisted the help of some musical friends to bring her new album to life. Several of
Minnesota’s heavy-hitters—including Al Church, Dave Mehling, Marty Dosh, Andrew Foreman and Alan Sparhawk—lent their
creative influence and musicality to this recording. The result is a powerfully emotive effort of confidence and purpose which
captures the poignancy and presence of Gaelynn Lea’s crafted repertoire.

Her new album, Learning How To Stay, is an 11-song collection that runs the gamut sonically from pensive and luscious to
aggressive and intentioned, from folk to decidedly pop, and even includes a couple of traditional fiddle tunes. Undoubtedly the
connecting thread of this album is Gaelynn Lea herself. With her singular voice and deeply-affecting violin, she guides the listener
through a journey that explores the contrasting nature of existence: dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow
and joy. Learning How to Stay encourages the listener to stay present for it all.

The album opens with a droning cascade of strings and a lone piano setting the tone on Bound By a Thread, then abruptly shifts to
the bright country twang of guitars through a lesson of literal biology and figurative heart on Dark to Light and Dark Again. This
contrast is indicative of the record as a complete thought, presenting the listener with an ever-widening spectrum of themes and
musical moods. The sparse indie-rock vibe of I See It Too is then juxtaposed with the Celtic-like pastoral build of the instrumental,
Jim and Judy’s Wedding (composed by Larry Unger).
Mid-tempo grooves are broken down and piled back up on both Lost in the Woods and the backstreet rocker Someday We’ll
Linger in the Sun. Carefully, patiently, the music unfolds with a myriad of tasteful choices: a Hammond B-3 organ harmonizing
briefly with the heartbreak vocal of The Last Three Feet; the polyrhythmic art rock sensibility of I Wait.

Bright, bare minimalism adorns the Irish-tinged original Grace and a Tender Hand, while a foreboding darkness inhabits the Finnish
traditional instrumental, Metsakukkia. This genre-defying album winds down with some welcomed serenity during the ballad
Moment of Bliss, which is a fitting end to this emotionally satisfying listening experience. “Learning How To Stay is Gaelynn Lea’s
finest moment to date and shows a true artist developing right in front of our eyes.” (Simon Tucker, Louder Than War)
In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also loves to do public speaking engagements about disability awareness,
accessibility in the arts, and living an enriching life. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. Gaelynn is a strong voice in the disability community; she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.


Tickets are £10 from Jumbo Records []

A dedicated advocate for disability rights, in-line with Gaelynn's work trying to raise awareness for the inclusivity and empowerment of differently-abled bodied artists and audiences, Bomb the Twist aims to deliver events which are available to be enjoyed by all. Due to budget and resource restrictions this isn't always possible, however we feel it is important that we do what we can. Any suggestions welcome. For more information see Attitude is Everything who are doing great things for this cause: []

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 28 Sep 2019 19:30 to 00:00


Please note that admission is by ticket.

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33 Queen Road,
Hyde Park,



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Map reference: SE 283349  Lat: 53.80963 Long: -1.57170

By Car:

From Leeds City Centre: Head out of town towards Headingley/ Universities on Woodhouse Lane. After you pass Leeds University on the left, turn left at the traffic lights onto Clarendon Road (the Library pub is on this junction). Turn right at the next traffic lights (Leeds Business School is opposite) onto Moorland Road. Hyde Park is on your right as you drive along Moorland Road. At the next crossroads, continue straight on (Royal Park Road) and down the hill. Take the left at the Royal Park pub at the bottom of the hill. The Brudenell is on your right, opposite the playground. There is free car parking space at the venue.

By Public Transport:

By rail: Take a train to Burley Park station (one stop from Leeds City Centre). Leave the station and turn left at the top of the steps. Walk to the end of the road - you will see a large Co-Op on your left. Turn right and walk down Cardigan Road for a few minutes. Cross over and turn left onto Royal Park Road when you get to the Grove curry house. Keep walking along Royal Park Road, past the mosque, until you reach a crossroads. The Royal Park pub is on your right. Turn right and walk past the front of the Royal Park pub. Keep going, and you will reach the entrance to the Brudenell car park opposite the playground.

By bus: The 56 stops on Queens Road, opposite the Royal Park pub. Follow directions as above.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


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