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“Lydia is a wonderful banjo player with depth and technical expertise. Her unaffected singing is beautiful as well.”
–Tony Trishcka

Praise for Chasing the Ghost:

Unpretentious, Clean, and Sweet; Simple in the Best Sense
I can tell when an artist knows their creative business and can then fly above their technical ability to bring their (in this case) music alive. Lydia has brought together some great tunes and songs and arranged all the pieces. best cryptocurrency to invest in Then, along with great fellow musicians and performers has created an album of sheer delight. I want to say that this album is simple in the best sense – unpretentious, clean, and sweet.” – Susan Baker
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“Americana music has roots, it has tradition, it has influence. With “Chasing The Ghost,” Lydia Sylvia checks each of those boxes with a vengeance. Searching for spirits rarely sounds this prolific. And for that matter, it rarely amounts to something this good. Spooky.” Frederick Playlist

“A Review of the Brunswick Music Festival”, Mike Spain, June 28, 2010

“One of the highlights of the show was Lydia’s banjo solo.”

From the Roots and Ruckus March 21, 2012 line-up, by Feral Foster:

“Lydia Martin – this appalachian forest sprite quickly whisks the
banjo into soft white peaks, pulls you away with the tip of her claw-hammer”

From The Blue Ridge Muse, “Con Artists Hit Floyd” August 20th, 2005

“Some fresh faces showing up on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree lately but none fresher (or younger) than this group of kids from Maryland (that’s right, Maryland). Calling themselves the Rip Off Con Artists, these kids are fresh off a first place showing in the Old Time Band division of the 2005 Fiddlers’ Convention in Carroll County, Maryand, and they lived up to their name, literally stealing the show Friday night by amazing everyone with their musical skill and mixing traditional bluegrass with some folk-rock ballads.”

Notes from Ten Thousand Miles, by Alan Jabbour:

“Lydia, Emily and Claude Martin grew up playing music together in a family band in Maryland.  Nowadays they also play solo or with other groups, but whenever they come together again, the old magic resurfaces — a tight, instinctive, totally integrated sound born of years of making music together.  Their repertory comes from many sources — mostly from family roots in the Virginia Blue Ridge and from musical mentors in their own home state of Maryland.  But though the songs and tunes are wonderfully varied — from old ballads and venerable fiddle tunes to ragtime pieces and new songs — they all bear the distinctive artistic stamp of the family band that made this music their own.”

“Frederick for Nightlife, Cafe Nola Keeping It Real.”  June 18th, 2010, Find It In Frederick, by Woman About Town:

“I’m completely jealous that Lydia Martin can sing her heart out AND play the **** out of a banjo…it’s just amazing to be in the immediate presence of such greatness.  And passion.  And um, greatness. Which brings me back to my orginal comment, about it being awesome.  It was awesome!”

Review from Valhella, What Weekly, “Rock Opera: Valhella” May 17th, 2012, by Brooke Hall and Justin Allen:

“The entire stage was transformed into an ancient tree that feels impossibly real. While the audience files in, a lone pixie, dressed in white, serenades the audience with bitter sweet songs accompanied by banjo. By the time the lights dim, you’ve been well prepped to live the myth soon to unfold on stage.”

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