On Jan. 23, Sarah Murdoch, a gifted folk singer, will be performing with celebrated violinist Gaelynn Lea at the legendary Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Ms. Murdoch, known for her powerful yet soothing voice, combines blues elements with historic folk murder ballads that have established her as a formidable voice on the downtown music scene. As a result, she has amassed a dedicated following through her frequent performances at Sidewalk Café and Parkside Lounge.
Based in Minnesota, Gaelynn Lea was recently named National Public Radio's (NPR) Tiny Desk contest winner, and released her debut album titled “All the Roads that Lead Us Home” in Nov. of 2015. Like Sarah, Gaelynn favors music that pays homage to traditional folk stylings but with a contemporary audience in mind. This one night event will also feature “Unruly Mane”, an indie folk duo whose latest album—“ROOTS”—is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Aside from their musical talents, Sarah and Gaelynn are both dedicated to charitable causes. Gaelynn frequently speaks publicly about overcoming challenges such as disabilities since she has a condition known as “Brittle Bones Disease” (Osteogenesis Imperfecta). Meanwhile, Sarah recently performed a benefit concert to raise money for A Voice for the Innocent, a foundation that offers support to victims of sexual abuse.
In keeping with their devotion to charities, a portion of every ticket sold at the Knitting Factory concert will be donated to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund that provides financial assistance to career musicians of various genres who are struggling with illness, disability, or age-related problems. More information can be found on their official website.
To learn more about Sarah Murdoch's music, please visit her website. And check out Gaelynn Lea's award winning Tiny Desk performance, here. Tickets for the Jan. 23 concert can be purchased at the Knitting Factory website.
Monday Jan. 23, 8 p.m.
The Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Ave