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Artist bringing soulful vocals and folk story-telling to Orillia

Lydia Persaud will be performing at St. Paul's Centre as part of sixth annual Roots North Music Festival in April
Lydia Persaud will be performing at the sixth annual Roots North Music Festival in Orillia this spring.

The Roots North Music Festival is excited to welcome Lydia Persaud to the 2020 mainstage lineup at St. Paul’s Centre, Orillia for the 6th annual Roots North Music Festival April 23-25.

Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots with her debut EP, Low Light.

Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College's Jazz program. After performing internationally with The O'Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.

Spring of 2017 found Lydia touring solo through Spain, then returning to Canada to play shows in Canada's East Coast. Low Light features some of Canada's finest musicians such as Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber).

Lydia's intimate songwriting paired with subtle instrumentation inspired by her process of writing with voice and baritone ukulele is a highlight of the EP. Influenced by songwriters Eva Cassidy, Michael Kiwanuka and Ray Lamontagne, Lydia combines folk story-telling with a soulful vocal delivery.

Weekend passes are available now at Alleycats Music & Art, Downtown Orillia or buy online at


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