Folk Roots Radio Episode 451: feat. Lydia Persaud & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 451: feat. Lydia Persaud & More New Releases

Episode 451 of Folk Roots Radio features an interview with Toronto’s Lydia Persaud who joins us to chat about her first full-length solo album “Let Me Show You”. A member of both the wonderful Toronto female vocal trio The O’Pears and renowned cover band, Dwayne Gretzky, you’ll be able to catch Lydia Persaud live this summer at both the Hillside Festival (July 12-14) at Guelph Lake ON and the Home County Music & Arts Festival (July 19-21) in London ON. It’s a great interview – well worth sticking around for. We also check out new music from Bob Sumner, Leaf Rapids, Kevin Breit, David Grier, Dwayne Gretzky, Midnight Shine and Del Barber. Check out the full playlist below.


Lydia Persaud is a musician who is as comfortable exploring R&B and soul, as she is in both folk and jazz. Her new album Let Me Show You was recorded in Toronto with producer Robbie Grunwald, and features some great musicians including Dean Droulliard (Guitar), James Robertson (Guitar), Mike Ardagh (Drums), Josh Van Tassel (Drums), Joanna Mohammed (Bg vox), Claire Doyle (Bg vox), Anh Phung (Flute) and Drew Jureka (Strings).

The new album explores many themes including romance, social activism and anger. “The songs shift from being based in love and heartbreak to my personal encounters with race and gender issues. The album conveys a full spectrum.” .

Lydia Persaud was part of the rigorous jazz program at Humber School of Music, where she won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award and connected with fellow members of the folk trio The O’Pears, whom she has been collaborating with for the past seven years. Working in different styles has allowed Lydia to develop a sophisticated vocal and harmony blend, that has lead her to become an in-demand vocalist. Lydia has supported such icons as Gordon Lightfoot, David Crosby, and Lee Fields, as well as opened for Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, and Joey Landreth. She is also a member of renowned cover band, Dwayne Gretzky.

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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Bob Sumner
Ticket To Ride
Wasted Love Songs (2019, Self) CDN

Leaf Rapids
There They Go
Citizen Alien (2019, Coax Records) CDN

Kevin Breit
Stella Bella Strada
Stella Bella Strada (2019, Stony Plain Records) CDN

David Grier
Waiting On Daddy’s Money
Ways Of The World (2019, Dreadnought Recordings)

Lydia Persaud
Honey Child
Let Me Show Show You (2019, Next Door Records) CDN

Interview: Lydia Persaud discussing her debut full-length solo album “Let Me Show Show You”.

Lydia Persaud
Let Me Show Show You
Let Me Show Show You (2019, Next Door Records) CDN

Lydia Persaud
More Of Me
Let Me Show Show You (2019, Next Door Records) CDN

Dwayne Gretzky
(single) (2019, Self) CDN

Midnight Shine
Heart Of Gold
High Road (2018, Self) CDN

Del Barber
No Easy Way Out
Easy Keeper (2019, Self) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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