Lydia McCauley
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  • The Beauty of the Earth
    Genre: Folk
  • Kyrie Eleison
    Genre: Chant
    MP3 (06:14) [14.29 MB]
  • Graceday
    Genre: Acoustic Country
  • In The Silence
    Genre: Easy Listening
    MP3 (04:01) [9.2 MB]
  • Hawthorn
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (02:51) [6.54 MB]
  • Searching for the Clovis Point
    Genre: New Age
    MP3 (07:19) [16.75 MB]
  • Every Bug, Every Bee, Every Breath
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (04:43) [10.79 MB]
  • For My Daughters
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (03:23) [7.73 MB]
  • Swallow's Return
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (03:15) [7.44 MB]
  • Mother's Heart
    Genre: Adult Contemporary
    MP3 (05:01) [11.5 MB]
  • Hope Grows
    Genre: Easy Listening
    MP3 (05:08) [11.76 MB]
  • Come All Ye Fair
    Genre: Folk
    MP3 (03:44) [8.56 MB]
  • Bring Us In Good Ale
    Genre: Folk
    MP3 (03:18) [7.56 MB]
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Lydia McCauley's music is best described as beautiful and passionate. Her song-writing is shaped by Folk, Celtic, and New Age music, an affinity with nature, as well as her own pilgrimages around the world. This combination portrays a journey through the past and into the present as Lydia's songs take her listener to an inward landscape, where the simple truths of her lyrics illumine the soul. The originality of Lydia's songs, and her arrangements of traditional music embody a timeless quality which defies categorization.

Her sixth independent release, QUIETING, is McCauley's first instrumental album. It conveys Lydia's deep connection with the natural world and lends her listener a clear and simple musical portrayal of earth's bounty. All-acoustic collaborators include Grammy Winner NANCY RUMBEL (Narada Label) on oboe and English horn, and celebrated cellist/composer JAMI SIEBER, Frank Jackson - recorders/wooden flute, among others.

Lydia formed the independent music label, Brimstone Music, in 1995 with husband, Kurt Scherer. In 1998 she released her first full length album, SABBATH DAY'S JOURNEY. Her second recording ENTRANCES was released in 1999. ["a provocative blend of mysticism, intelligence and beauty" - Connie Dover, Taylor Park Music]

In 2002 Lydia released two more recordings; THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH in April, and THE MOON OF WINTERTIME in October. THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH, which features Lydia's songwriting, rated as the number one selling New Age album 2003 for Goldenrod Music Distributors. THE MOON OF WINTERTIME is a collection of traditional winter songs from the thirteenth Century to the present, including pieces from Italy, Scotland, France and England. Her 2004 release, FOREIGNLANDER, is a collection of Appalachian music from the 17th - 20th Century, newly arranged in Lydia's unique music style. ["This is sophisticated Folk - refreshing, with good energy!" - Dan Maher, Inland Folk, NWPR]

Lydia McCauley and Kurt Scherer have put together a band of talented musicians with several music influences that include classical, jazz, Celtic, new age, and early music genres. The ensemble features viola, recorders/whistles, acoustic guitar, double bass and percussion. Together they tour the U.S. and Canada, performing at venues such as: Berea College Performing Arts in Kentucky, The Heritage Festival and Folklife Festivals in Seattle, Sea to Sky Renaissance Festival in British Columbia, and KPBS San Diego. They also give concerts by candlelight in churches such as Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, St. Mark's in Medford, Oregon, and Trinity Anglican in Vancouver, B.C.

Born in Seattle and raised in the southeastern United States, Lydia grew up studying classical and contemporary music as a child. Later she lived in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky and was introduced to Celtic music that had been brought over the waters from the British Isles. She studied and documented Appalachian music in college. Throughout the years of raising a family Lydia managed her own piano studio. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and producer Kurt Scherer. The two enjoy working together and traveling the world as much as possible.

Two of Lydia McCauley's albums were selected by Border's and Barnes & Nobles for listening stations nationwide.

KYRIE ELEISON, from the album THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH is in rotation on XM RADIO channels Spa72, Cinemagic76, Sirius Pops77, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius 103-NFL Play-by-Play 2.

Lydia's music is also featured on these selected radio programs:
WGBH- Boston
WLAC 1510 AM, Nashville
KDMR - FM Branson, MO

Lydia appears, along with Deva Premal, Dean Evenson,and Gina Sala, on the CD compilation; SACRED WORLD CHANTS, and on the newly released, HEALING THE HOLY LAND from SOUNDINGS OF THE PLANET, which also features Jai Uttal and Azam Ali.

"Very lovely work" - Will Ackerman, Founder, Windham Hill Records

"Incredible! I have listened to ForeignLander and The Beauty of the Earth, and they are two of the best albums that I have heard in a long time! I get dozens of cds a week and its been a long time since I've been this excited about anything that's come in. If Lydia McCauley were performing during the early 60's folk scene, her name would be synonymous with Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Mary Travers. Today, place her recordings on the same shelf alongside those plus Karen Matheson, Maire (Moya) Brennan, Mary Black, Loreena McKennitt, Maddy Prior, Enya, Annie Haslam, Jacqui McShee, Sandy Denny .... She simply is that good. There's just no big record label or similar promotional mechanism making that fact known to the world - yet."

-Scott Ericson

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