Preview: Gaelynn Lea comes to The Pioneer

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A Special Visit from a Tiny Desk Winner

Tomorrow night, the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Gaelynn Lea, will play at The Pioneer. Also appearing will be Bigfoot Yancey and Achilles Tenderloin. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with the last act to start at 11:00 p.m.

Lea is an American folk singer, songwriter, and violinist from Duluth, Minnesota. Traditional folk, classical, and Celtic music are strong influences on her unique style.

In 2016, she won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, in which her song, “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” won, beating 6,000 other submissions. In that contest series, unsigned musicians record themselves playing an original song while at a desk of any kind. The performance must be no more than 10 minutes long.

Lea has  over twenty years of experience playing violin, and her unique style involves using a looping pedal to explore new avenues in improvisational songwriting.

Not only is Lea a gifted musician, but she is also a public speaker and disability advocate. She uses her music as a platform to bring about social change and advocate for people with disabilities. You can learn more about  Lea here.

Bigfoot Yancey will follow up Lea’s performance at 10:15 p.m. at The Pioneer. The band is an Indianapolis-based one that prides itself on maintaining its roots. Their genre is bluegrass/folk, and their style is both stripped down and raw. Bigfoot Yancey consists of Mike Angel (vocals, guitar), Loran Bohall (banjo, saw, mandolin, vocals), Kevin Grove (bass, vocals), and Jerin Kelly (guitar, harmonica, vocals). To listen to Bigfoot Yancey, visit their Bandcamp.

Wrapping up the show as the closing act will be Achilles Tenderloin, who is also known as college librarian, Joe Augustine. Augustine’s songs are emotional, lyrically-driven, acoustic blues numbers with a hint of jazz in them. His first album, “The Bath” was released in 2005. After a period of about seven years, he released three more. The most recent of these, “Stronger Than Wine,” came out in 2014, and is a collaboration with trumpeter Aaron Nell. You can listen to Achilles Tenderloin on Bandcamp.

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