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+1: The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

March 4th, 2016

Episode 653 of 715 episodes

On this +1 podcast we interview the winner of the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea's submission was so remarkable – as Robin Hilton says, he watched hundreds of submissions, and Gaelynn's music cut through all the noise and rose, beautifully, to the top. We learned a lot more about this remarkable musician after we dug deeper into her music and her personal story. We talked with Gaelynn about how she came to play violin, how she wrote her winning song, the unique challenges she faces in making music and how she became musical friends with Alan Sparhawk of Low.