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Classical Classroom, MusicWorks Ep. 169: How Music Chased Down Gaelynn Lea

The Tiny Desk Contest winner talks about the musical journey she seems to have had no choice in taking – in a good way.

Gaelynn Lea performs in the Geary Studio
Gaelynn Lea performs in the Geary Studio

Violinist/fiddle player Gaelynn Lea came to Houston fresh off of performing at South by Southwest and spent some time with the Classical Classroom (and Skyline Sessions – check out her video performances!). She talks about how music has gradually become her life. From first finding an instrument that was right for her body as a kid (she has a rare condition called Brittle Bones Disease that means she’s got different physical challenges than others), to meeting and collaborating with Alan Sparhawk (of the band Low), to winning the Tiny Desk Contest and selling her home to go on tour.

Music in this episode:

  • Violin Partita, No 1 in B Minor
  • “Gentle,” by Low from Ones and Sixes
  • Plus, music performed by Gaelynn Lea

Audio production by Todd “Turnt Up” Hulslander with dinosaur acts by Dacia Clay and help from Mark DiClaudio.


Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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