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Mother Banjo & Gaelynn Lea to perform Legends on Lomond Concert Series

Both Concerts Free and Open to the Public


Mother Banjo

Sunday, July 22 at 4:00 pm

at Farm By The Lake

bring your own lawn chair or some folders are provided

Gaelynn Lea

Wednesday, July 25 at 6:00 pm

at Timber's Event Center (attached to Daroo's Pizza in Bagley)

Event is Handicapped Accessible

Soda & coffee provided

Full dinner menu and open bar will be available at your own cost at Daroo's Pizza

Mother Banjo: Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called "an outstanding poet" (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and

Following up on the success of her CDs Stray Songs and The Sad and Found (named the #10 album of the year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press), she releases her highly anticipated new album The Devil Hasn't Won on her own label So Low Recordings. An Americana gospel collection produced by Steve Kaul (The Brass Kings), it showcases her all-star 5-piece band that includes guitarist Dan Gaarder (Trailer Trash, The Roe Family Singers), bassist Eric Paulson (The Roe Family Singers, Jennifer Markey & The Tennessee Snowpants), mandolin player Jim Parker (Ukrainian Village Band, Town Hall Stompers) and pianist/drummer Ben Cook-Feltz (The Federales, Art Vandalay). Featuring lively originals and unique covers of songs that she calls "pub gospel," the new album shows why Mother Banjo has been hailed for her poetic songwriting and powerful vocals, winning the praise of such artists as Josh Ritter and John Gorka.

An engaging live performer, Mother Banjo weaves humorous stories with fun covers and her own original material. She has performed at prestigious venues like The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI) and the Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN) and has shared the stage with notable songwriters (Lucy Wainwright Roche, Cliff Eberhardt, Tracy Grammer, Storyhill) and poets (Robert Bly, Todd Boss). She has toured across North America, performed at South By Southwest (SXSW) and just played a sold-out release show at the world-renowned Dakota Jazz Club.

Gaelynn Lea

"Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea and set about absolutely obliterating your heart." -Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) Gaelynn Lea was given the opportunity of a lifetime when she won NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, and she certainly made the most of it. She and her husband Paul quit their jobs, sold their house, bought a van, and hit the road.

Since they left a little over a year ago, Gaelynn has played over 200 shows in 39 states and 6 countries. She has performed in the widest variety of venues imaginable – coffee shops, bars, schools, music festivals and performing arts centers. Gaelynn has been a featured performer at Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, and even on BBC World News.

This tale of adventure wouldn't be particularly remarkable if the music failed to deliver. But Gaelynn Lea has developed a "stop you in your tracks sound." (Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered) Playing traditional fiddle music and original songs using her violin and a looping pedal, Gaelynn Lea's "music is imbued with a melancholic poetry so potent it must be heard to believed." (Isaac Feldberg, Boston Globe)

Gaelynn Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing violin 20 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies "to create a symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective". (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground) Her original songs explore the contrasting nature of existence – dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy.

Gaelynn Lea's live performances can be overwhelmingly soul stirring – Bob Boilen reported that "there was hardly a dry eye" at her 2016 Tiny Desk Concert. However, she is not all seriousness during her shows. In fact, Gaelynn is disarmingly charming onstage, "at once self-deprecating and plainspokenly funny". (Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune) She regales the audience with humorous anecdotes in between songs, putting those in attendance at ease.

Although the past year has been spent mostly on the road, Gaelynn Lea has somehow found the time to work on her fourth studio album, which is expected to be released in September 2018. This new recording runs the gamut sonically – from pensive to luscious to aggressive to folk to decidedly pop – there are even a couple of traditional fiddle tunes! Undoubtedly the connecting thread of this album is Gaelynn Lea herself. Her singular voice and violin guide the listener on a journey which touches on some of life's greatest mysteries. The structure of these tracks made this album impossible to create alone, so Gaelynn Lea enlisted the help of some musical friends to bring her new album to life. This arrangement is quite a departure for Lea, who up until this point has crafted most of her music using only a few tools: a violin, a voice, and a looping pedal.

Her band is comprised of several Minnesota heavy-hitters including Al Church, Dave Mehling, Marty Dosh, Andrew Foreman, and Alan Sparhawk. Their creative influence and musicality is evident on every track, though the band's contributions never cover up or diminish the poignancy or presence of Gaelynn's music. Rather the new album allows for a fuller, more complete expression of her heart and soul.

In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, the power music, and leading an enriching life. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. Gaelynn is a strong voice in the disability community; she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn Lea believes society must prioritize accessibility so people with disabilities can participate in their communities and use their gifts without barriers or discrimination.

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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