Gaelynn Lea is a 32-year-old classically trained fiddle player from Duluth, Minnesota, whose music is steeped in Celtic and Americana traditions. She brings some modern flair, however, with loop pedals and a haunting croon that’s spellbinding.
Before becoming 2016’s Tiny Desk champion, Lea had been working as a professional musician, a fiddle teacher and a public speaker advocating for the rights of people with a disability. Lea has congenital osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bones disease. Watch her stunning submission video.