Sunday Matinee Sesh #1- Gaelynn Lea (US) Sam Castell-Ward & more

DIY Space for London, London

Sunday, 22 Sep 2019

15:00 – 18:30

DIY Space for London presents the first in a regular series of exciting afternoon gigs that brings together disabled and non-disabled artists and musicians to showcase their sounds in an accessible and supportive space.

Sunday Matinee Sessions are here!

Sunday Matinee Session #1 is a very special one, presenting, all the way from Minnesota, USA:


"Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie." (Jeremy Ylvisaker)

Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and she's been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries - she's graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.” (Jess Wolfe, Lucius) In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures and disability advocacy that she plans to release in 2022.



Sam Castell-Ward creates unique, raw songs with poetic lyrics and important messages. Castell-Ward has played at venues including The Roundhouse and Southbank Centre, performing alongside names such as Ed Sheeran. ​As well as working as a musician, Castell-Ward is the resident poet with British Podcast award-winning Carousel Radio. He has also appeared in the feature film, 'Playing The Moldovans at Tennis' and on stage alongside names such as Arthur Smith. Sam is supported by Heart n Soul, a local creative arts organisation that believes in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities.

& More acts to be confirmed.

⏰ Starts: 3pm. First act at 3.30pm. Over by 6pm!

💸 Cost: Advance tickets £5.00 here

£5 on the door, parents and carers free

No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds, so come along anyway!

📍 Location: DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Street, SE15 1TF

✉ Contact:

🚌 Transport: Nearest bus stops are on Old Kent Road, nearest stations are South Bermondsey, Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate.

♿ Accessibility: DIY Space for London is on a single floor level and fully accessible. It has one accessible toilet, plenty of seating. We are an Attitude is Everything BRONZE Accredited venue. Visit for more information.

✊ Accountability: DIY Space For London has an accountability agreement to help make sure we're all having fun. Details here:

🍻 DIY Space For London has an affordable bar with a range of snacks.


DIY Space for London , 96-108 Ormside Street , London