Gaelynn Lea

It’s been another groundbreaking year for singer, songwriter, fiddler and disability activist Gaelynn Lea Tressler, whose 2016 win of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest launched the musician into a new trajectory. In 2018 Tressler continued to tour around the United States and internationally, appearing at arts festivals in Iceland and Switzerland as well as the Winnipeg Folk Fest, Travelers Rest Festival and Halifax Pop Explosion. In September Tressler released a third full-length album, Learning How to Stay. In contrast to earlier, stripped-down efforts, this collection featured fleshed-out, full-band arrangements including regular collaborators and fellow Duluth natives Dave Mehling and Al Church. Also, the Decemberists (from Portland, Ore.) invited Tressler to play fiddle on “Rusalka, Rusalka / Wild Rushes” on their 2018 album, I’ll be Your Girl.

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