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About

“Subtle and Heartfelt” - CBC Music

"Expertly crafted..." - Exclaim

"Hol crafts her lyrics cleverly and with care, adding little twists to a song’s construction and splashes of colour and mood.”

- Penguin Eggs

Lydia Hol is a Vancouver based musician, whose music combines lush folk and early 60's soul. She released her debut EP ‘Boats’ in 2012 which was recorded on a weekend recording session on Galiano Island, a collection of songs that deeply resonated with the West Coast landscape. Hol toured across Canada with ‘Boats’ and honed her live performance craft.  She was a Vancouver finalist for CBC Searchlight Contest, a Peak Performance Project artist, a selected performer at The Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards, and was invited to showcase at Folk Alliance and Canadian Music Week.

In 2016, Hol released her first full length album 'Heading North' recorded with John Raham at Afterlife Studios, alongside some of Vancouver finest musicians including Jesse Zubot, Chris Gestrin, Paul Rigby, Dawn Pemberton and more. With this record, Hol extended her audience reach playing festivals in Sweden and Denmark, and touring Germany. She was invited as a songwriter to The House of Songs in Austin TX, and at BD Pop in Sweden. Hol was invited to showcase at North Eastern Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) in New York, Folk Music Ontario in Toronto, and Folk Alliance in Kansas City. Closer to home she played the Rogue Folk Club, Bluebird North, Mission Folk Fest, Islands Folk Fest, and Shorefest.

In November 2016 Hol began work on her second full length record, as an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. At the beginning of 2017 Hol travelled to Nashville, TN to co-write songs for her upcoming record, which is heavily influenced by early 60’s soul and is set to be released in the Spring of 2018.

Highlights

Traeden Folk Festival – Denmark (2017)
Tour of Germany (2017)
Live at Heart Festival – Sweden (2016)
Songwriting Residency at BD Pop – Sweden (2016)
Songwriting Residence at House of Songs – Austin, TX (2016)
Banff Centre Artist in Residency (2016)
Shorefest (2016)
Bluebird North Selected Songwriter (2016)
Rogue Folk Club (2016)
Mission Folk Festival (2015)
Peak Performance Project (2013)
Khatsalano Festival (2013)

Showcasing

Folk Alliance (Kansas City, 2016)

NERFA (New York, 2015)

Folk Music Ontario (Toronto, 2015)

Folk Alliance (Kansas City, 2014)

CMW (Toronto, 2014)

Discography

Heading North (Album 2016)

This Fire (Single 2013)

Bitter Heart (Single 2013)

Boats (EP 2012)

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Lydia Hol - Let The Light In - Nimbus Live Sessions #7

Lydia Hol - Heading North

Lydia Hol & Thereafter - Bitter Heart

Lydia Hol - Boats