The Friends of Handley Regional Library are celebrating another wonderful year with musical artist, Lydia Sylvia Martin. At this year’s Annual Meeting, the members of the Board will be introduced and the Volunteer of the Year will be announced. Then there will be a special program with artist Lydia Sylvia Martin.
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 is poised to take her place as one of the most talked about interpreters of this genre. With a debut CD produced by Dirk Powell, Lydia taps into an inventive mix of styles that her adept banjo playing, natural vocals and arrangements bring to new life.
Lydia came from a musical family with roots in Southwestern Virginia. Growing up in Maryland, the Martin Family performed for 20 years at folk festivals, historic venues such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and countless dances, weddings, concert series, and other community events. Carl and Jeanean Martin taught the children to play Appalachian Old Time, Irish, and early American traditional music. They drew on the Appalachian music of their Martin grandparents, while also inspired by their Irish grandmother, and their grandfather Rarry, who brought from the Philippines his love of music and Hawaiian guitar skills which were often heard in the Martin home on summer afternoons.
CDs will be available for purchase.