Short Description:
“With a voice as pure as an Appalachian spring, but with a fierce mastery of her instrument and a delightful mix of southern-rooted tradition, Lydia Sylvia Martin taps into an inventive mix of styles that her adept banjo playing, natural vocals and arrangements bring to new life.” -Kari Estrin

“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:
“Americana music has roots, it has tradition, it has influence. With “Chasing The Ghost,” Lydia Sylvia Martin 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
“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. 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

Live performance reviews:

“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”

Lydia has performed for 20 years with The Martin Family Band. Chasing the Ghost, #5 album in the country on the folk radio chart, is a collection of traditional old time banjo music and song, with blues and Irish influences.


“Ten Thousand Miles”

 “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.” – Alan Jabbour


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