Lynn Noel

Crosscurrents Music

Heritage Traditions for Digital Community

Vivacious, charismatic, and energetic, Lynn Noel knows the story behind the song and makes you a part of it. Her clear, powerful voice is equally at home in rhythmic sea chanteys and lyrical ballads, and her repertoire extends to over fifteen languages. Lynn accompanies herself on treble, baritone, and bass dulcimer, shruti box, bodhran, and spoons, but her favorite instrument is the audience. She has a winning stage presence, an encyclopedic knowledge of her material, a huge sense of fun, and a joy in singing that shines through every song.

Lynn performs solo, duo, trio, quartet, and with ensembles from colonial and Celtic to mummers and music hall. She offers three solo program series in women's history, maritime, and seasonal ritual, including the award-winning living history programs of Northwest Company fur trader Lisette's Journey and Gudrid the Wanderer, first Viking woman in the New World. Festival appearances over the years include the Connecticut Sea Music Festival, Philadelphia Folk School, NEFFA Live Online, Folk Music Society of New York, Old Songs Festival, national museums in the US and Canada, and touring performances in Atlantic Canada, the Great Lakes, California, the UK, and Estonia/Russia. Lynn has released eight albums on Bandcamp, four available on CD.

Lynn is an independent scholar and professional heritage interpreter with deep background in maritime history and women's exploration of North America. Her academic career includes honors in geography and women's studies at Dartmouth College, a Master of Science in human-environment geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research fellowship at Dartmouth's Institute of Arctic Studies, and adjunct faculty at Keene State-UNH. Her book VOYAGES: Canada's Heritage Rivers was named Conservation Publication of the Year by the Natural Resources Council of America.

Lynn is a well-known and respected organizer and session leader on both sides of the Atlantic, offering monthly sessions and digital houseconcerts through her international online folk club The Mermaid's Tavern. Lynn is a CDSS Local Hero, and currently Board member and Festival Program Chair of the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA). She makes her home outside Boston with her husband Phillip, two cats, a large fluffy dog, and an axolotl.

SOLO PROGRAMS

Living history of women explorers, ballads of seriously epic women, and women folklorists and songcatchers
Chanteys, maritime ballads, original settings of sea poetry, and songs of Lynn's home port and favorite coasts
Ritual songs and calendar customs for the seasonal round

ENSEMBLES

An extraordinary league of veteran artistes from the Gilded Age of the Music Hall
Traditional English ritual plays as improvisational performance
Lynn Noel and Ken Mattssona cappella and dulcimer duo