Lydia Violet is a gypsy-heritage violinist and passionate singer/songwriter, who has just released her debut album of new music, "Already Free." available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Spotify

As featured on Democracy Now! w/ Amy Goodman

Lydia Violet is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. In her solo project she combines fiddle, banjo, and her soulful voice to offer a soul-folk revival experience. She also plays with singer/songwriter Ayla Nereo and Brooklyn based spoken word group Climbing PoeTree. She uses her stunning violin sounds and soulful voice to bring her listeners into deep communion with the beauty of our world. Lydia’s musical inspiration arises from her experience in ecological and social justice activism, participating in the great work of restoring peace and dignity to our world. In the past year she has collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Climbing PoeTree, Ayla Nereo, MaMuse, Joanna Macy, and been featured on Democary Now! w/ Amy Goodman. From electronic funk and Louisiana gospel to old-fashioned blues and classical, Lydia delights in sharing the medicinal power of music.

"Being on the road has an inherent quality of song. It feels so natural to sing as you walk, in wanderlust, lustful, full-throated, belting out melodies at the hills. Sing up the sun. In your walking you sing your path. Nomadism’s rhythm is the sun. Nomadism’s melody is the songline. On the leaning way, the slanting way, the canting way, music echoes the lilt of the land. The singer is chanting, canting the descant part, till the way is steeped in song, en-chanted, sung, the singer chants the way and walks the song, and the way and the song and the singer are one." - Jay Griffiths

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Music As Medicine Vocal Workshop

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Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Music As Medicine is excited to offer a day-long vocal workshop and song circle with celebrated Bay Area vocalist and violinist Lydia Violet!

In this workshop you will learn basic vocal techniques to empower your voice in community singing environments. We will weave back and forth between learning vocal technique and community songs from international folk and protest traditions that have been cultivated to empower individual and community resilience. We will also explore techniques for finding harmonies in group singing, learning what to listen for and tricks for finding thirds and fifths. This workshop is open to songweavers of all levels! Together we will create a kind environment of exploration and learning.

February 10, 2018 10am- 5pm @ Terra’s Temple in Berkeley, CA.

Cost is $60, limited $40 scholarship spots available.

Ages 12 & up welcome!

These workshops do tend to sell out so please register at to secure your spot!

Please feel free to contact Lydia with any questions at

Lydia Violet feat. at Candlelight Club

East Bay Community Space, 507 55th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Candlelight Club is a new monthly tradition, where we gather some of the most compelling personalities from Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco together to break bread, have a glass of wine, and explore riveting live performances together.

The formula is simple: drinks at 7:30pm, dinner at 8:00pm, and the performance at 9:00pm.

The Candlelight Club ("CC") is a by-invite potluck dinner event for "artist-centric" (not "audience-centric") performance, around sometimes challenging, controversial or enlightening (and often thrilling) themes. CC is also an affordable date, a sit down dinner with new and old friends, in a sexy, fun, engaging atmosphere. The crowd is eclectic, extremely warm and generous, and passionately curious. Everyone either brings a dish or a drink, or both--and shares what they're bringing on the Facebook Event Page (muy importante for the planners!). It's a co-created, non-profit (but we pay musicians and performers because we believe in what they're sharing) community event. We limit participation to the 100 who sign up first because we're committed to an intimate, conversational atmosphere. Friends of The Candlelight Club may request additional invites from the organizers (Kevin and Luke), but we ask that you inquire before inviting others. Thank you!

Theme Performance: Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy

Our world is in the midst of great political, ecological, and social crises, where the future of 95% of earth’s current inhabitants hangs from the frailest of threads. It is in times like this that we can access depths of our profound care and energy for helping turn the tides towards healing and survival. It is also easy to access feelings of despair, overwhelm, and anxiety as we witness great powers abusing our most sensitive communities. In our culture, our inner pain can be interpreted as a sign of weakness, so we hide our doubts and despairs for fear of appearing weak or not receiving the support we need. This pain is not a weakness, but a sign that the we still care deeply about what happens to each other and our planet, a care that is the binding force of life that will pull us back to each other as we move forward in more socially conscious and sustainable ways.