MN Musician

Gaelynn Lea Visits with Katie Carter

May 1, 2020

Gaelynn Lea talks with Katie Carter on the extended hour of the Morning Show.  Gaelynn is a singer, violinist, public speaker and disability advocate from Duluth.  She shares ways that her and her family are getting through the stay at home order.  Gaelynn talks about how disabled people are effected and often misunderstood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can hear Gaelynn Lea's virtual concerts weekly on Sundays at 2:00.  For more information go to violinscratches.com.

Violinist and Iron Range native, Jillian Rae talked with us during New Music this week in anticipation of our first CenterStage MN Concert of 2020.

We talk about her new album, I Can't Be the One You Want Me To Be, how she joined Two Many Banjos ('Hey, you have a violin!'), getting weird, cold medicine, and everything in between. Listen below.

Jillian Rae will be at the Mary Ives Studio Theater with her band on Thursday, January 16th. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7pm. Tickets here.

"When we go to the bluegrass festivals, there's... jam rooms you can just go into... I kind of love just going into a group of people playing music and having no idea what they're playing and then just trying to play with them...It either works out or it doesn't... I just love the vibe and all that..." - Sawyer Corcoran, 11.

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Yes, it's puppets on the radio!  Ojibwe puppets created and from the mind of Michael Lyons.  In our first episode we learn the Ojibwe word for coffee and we get to hear the super puppet couple of Nana Boozhoo and Natasha. 

Check out more of Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo on YouTube!

The ever popular CenterStage Minnesota Concert Series will be back this fall for its fourth season! So far, this collaboration between KAXE/KBXE and The Reif Center has brought some seriously incredible acts to Grand Rapids in a one of a kind listening room; The Lowest Pair, jeremy messersmith, The Pines, Bad Bad Hats, Pert Near Sandstone, Erik Koskinen, The Cactus Blossoms, Actual Wolf, Gaelynn Lea...maybe I should just list all of the bands that have come because honestly, every show offers stunning talents from around Minnesota. 

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On Northern Voices this week Leah Lemm profiles Iron Range Native and Finnish-American musician Sara Pajunen. She is a violinist, composer and sound artist who lives in Duluth. Sara tells us about her Finnish ancestry, and the traditional music that she plays and writes, plus about a project of hers that incorporates family history, landscape and sound.   Northern Voices is made possible with funding from the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Listen to our newest Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund produced series with Leah Lemm.

In this episode we feature Annie Humphrey.  She's a musician, artist and self-described Queen of the Side Hustle. She lives in a way that embodies many aspects of what these episodes are about: sustainable living, traditions, and indigenous lifeways.

Scott Lykins is a professional cellist who grew up in the Brainerd area, left to pursue educational and career goals, and returned with some big ideas.  In 2009 he co-founded the Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF).  LAMF started as six free orchestral concert experiences and has grown into year round orchestral experiences with a burst of opportunities in late summer.  The concerts aren’t the only opportunities LAMF bring to the Brainerd lakes region.  Childrens’ camps, opportunities for high school kids to receive direction from prof

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We talked with Aaron to get ready for the Saturday November 17th edition of the Great Northern Radio Show.  We are always excited for the show, but ESPECIALLY because we get to celebrate the 125th birthday of  the town of Hibbing AND 20 years of the Hibbing Foundation.  PLUS, the venue - the historic Hibbing High School auditorium is newly renovated!  We can't wait to try out those new buttery seats and see the grand chandeliers, all while b

Gaelynn Lea is a singer, a songwriter, a musician and a woman living with a disability.   Since the age of 2, her electric wheelchair has moved her through the world as a result of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease.  For the past 24 years, she's been playing the violin.  Her profound talent has become a successful, globetrotting career as a musician.  In recent years, Gaelynn has become a passionate and public advocate for people with disabilities, promoting positive social change in terms of how individuals and societies understand the experience of living with disabilities. This weekend, Gaelynn will perform her music at the Iron Range Earth Fest and she will host a presentation titled "ABCs of Disability: Raising awareness, eliminating barriers and shaping cultures."