Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults-only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse. In 2000 as a young woman, she met and began traveling with the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus - a troupe blending traditional circus arts with modern sideshow varieties where Meschiya honed her performance skills with such thrilling acts as glass and insect eating and fire dancing (dangerously twirling around on stage with flame-doused nunchucks). It was while touring with this troupe that she fell in love with and felt immediately embraced by the culturally rich and one of a kind city of New Orleans, her home base for a decade before moving to Ireland. Lake has long since ditched the circus gimmicks and instead focuses entirely on her voice, which she uses as a powerful instrument.