The moment has never been more ripe nor ready for feminine protest music, and there’s a new artist on the scene to deliver a rallying cry.”

Bee Getz, Compose Yourself Magazine

Lydia Violet

Lydia is a Persian-American multi-instrumentalist deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest traditions. In her solo project she and her live band weave her stunning violin sounds, lyrical clawhammer banjo, and soulful voice with rich female harmonies to create a soul-folk revival experience. In addition to her solo project she also plays with singer/songwriter Ayla Nereo and Brooklyn-based spoken word artists Climbing PoeTree. She has recently played venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Oregon Eclipse Festival, The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, and Lightning In A Bottle. 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. She works often alongside ecological scholar Joanna Macy, and has pioneered a workshop called "Music As Medicine In Our Time," fostering community resiliency, music, and ecological education. In the past year she headlined the Salish Sea Revival Tour, a nine-stop tour bringing 9 workshops and concerts throughout the region.

Highlights

August 2017- Oregon Eclipse Festival                      

May 2017- Lightning In A Bottle Festival, played on as well as EmCee'd the Beacon Stage, played with Climbing Poetree on mainstage 

July 2017- 2-week "Salish Sea Revival Tour," 9 stops with workshops and live band show.                   

February 2017- Featured on Democracy Now! w/ Amy Goodman

January 2017- West Coast "Music As Medicine Tour"- 2 weeks, 8 cities from San Francisco to Orcas Island, WA 

June 2016- Red Rocks Amphitheater, CO w/ The Polish Ambassador & Ayla Nereo

September 2016- Opened and performed with Ayla Nereo & Rising Appalachia

May 2016- Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR w/ The Polish Ambassador. 

May 2016- Star Theater, Portland, OR w/ Wildlight

March 2016- Opened for and facilitated "Music As Medicine" workshop w/ MaMuse, Bolinas, CA

June 2015- Opened for and facilitated "Music As Medicine" workshop w/ Rising Appalachia, Bolinas, CA

Summer 2015- Performed with Wildlight & Ayla Nereo @ Lucidity Festival, Arise Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival 

April 2015- Performed @ The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA w/ The Polish Ambassador, Wildlight, & Ayla Nereo
 

Press links

"Violet’s serene and soaring violin work is paired with an intoxicating clawhammer banjo, revealing a delicate and determined rhythm that serves as foundation for the songstress to weave her narrative." -  Compose Yourself Magazine  

"In these turbulent times on earth, we need music that reconnects us—to ourselves, to one another, and to our gratitude for this world. Lydia Violet’s new album, “Already Free,” does just that."- Invoke Magazine

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  5. 5 Holy Dust by Wildlight, feat. Lydia Violet 04:59 Lyrics
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Inquiries

Booking: 2sunsbooking@gmail.com
Other inquiries: lydiavioletsounds@gmail.com

Press photos

Lydia Violet Live Band

Lydia Violet Live Band