lydia-sylviaWe are pleased to announce that Lydia Sylvia Martin will be performing at DC Pagan Pride Day at 12:15pm.

Lydia Sylvia Martin is a musician from Maryland. She played for many years with The Martin Family Band, whose roots are in Southwestern Virginia and Maryland. Educated at the Levine School of Music and Goucher College, she also attended workshops and had one-on-one instruction from several traditional musicians.

Lydia plays downstroke and up-picking as well as old time fingerpicking styles on banjo. She also has a background in music history and music theory. She co-authored “Robert Johnson for Banjo”, available from Hal Leonard Publications.

Currently a full-time parent, Lydia also makes time for special appearances and recording projects. She plays with her siblings Emily and Claude Martin in duet and trio configurations, and appears with the Martin Family Band. Lydia also has a recording side project with musicians Steve Steckler and Paul Garisto, and plays with Robbie Caruthers and Ralph Gordon.

Lydia’s solo banjo album, “Chasing the Ghost,” was produced by Dirk Powell and recorded in Maryland, New York and Louisiana. She has taught at Common Ground on the Hill, Miles of Music, and privately. Lydia’s other interests including coaching her younger family members in their theatrical pursuits, drawing and writing, non-violence and human rights, and organic gardening. She has a B.A. in Biological Sciences and also minored in Music. She spent two years studying film and completed the Montgomery College Film Studies curriculum.

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