Gaelynn Lea

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 11/10

Nov 9, 2017
Lesser Planets
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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.

©Jeffrey T. Larson

Don't be surprised if you see Annie Dugan sitting in the audience at Jeffrey T. Larson's Gallery Talk at the Tweed Museum of Art Saturday night.

She's pretty excited to hear about his upcoming art school, "the science of realism," - oh, and she's kind of captivated by that vacumn cleaner as well.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 6

May 7, 2016
Front of stage as Retribution Gospel Choir performs and fans look on
Maxwell McGruder

A freakishly hot day, a sudden, short downpour, and smoke from northern fires filling the air provided an unusual backdrop for Friday’s Duluth Homegrown Music Festival activities.

Early in the summer-like day, some hardy Homegrowners organized a Lake Superior dip in honor of the Festival.

Among several early-evening shows was the Lowland Lakers, whose new CD was released the same day. The band’s Nate Case invited “Picker Tim,” aka Tim Leutgeb, of Black River Revue on stage to play some banjo.

The Lowest Pair
Joseph Daniel Robert O'Leary

KUMD is excited to kick off our first ever monthly concert series at The Red Herring Lounge on Saturday April 30, celebrating The Lowest Pair's dual album release featuring Gaelynn Lea!

When Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea joined us in Studio A on February 25, 2016, little did any of us know that the very next day she'd get the news that she'd won NPR's Tiny Desk contest. 

After 20 years of playing the violin and releasing albums with projects including Murder of Crows (with Al Sparhawk of Low), Snöbarn, and The Getarounds, Lea released her first solo album in November. All the Roads that Lead us Home features many of Lea's favorite fiddle standards re-worked with the help of a looping pedal into layered, atmospheric sonic pieces. She spoke with Christine Dean about her songwriting,  her recent decision to be more vocal on behalf of people with disabilities, and her plans to try touring for the first time.