In 2019, Lynn established Digital Heritage Consulting LLC to integrate her career in information and data management with her life work in heritage music and folk arts. DHC lines of business include Crosscurrents Music and Crosscurrents Press, DIY Digital design coaching, and the Future of Folk mentoring workshop series for creatives seeking to survive and thrive in the digital knowledge economy.
On the business-to-business side of DHC, Lynn is a senior data management consultant with Data Blueprint of Richmond, Virginia. As a member of their senior leadership Brain Trust, Lynn provides data management assessment and strategy consulting for digital business innovation and transformation. Lynn has a M.S. with honors in Human-Environment Geography from UW-Madison and a mini-masters in User Experience Design from Rutgers. She is a former Research Fellow of the Dickey Institute for Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College.
2017 marked the 30th anniversary of Lynn Noel - Crosscurrents Music. Lynn Noel is a captivating singer and storyteller with an enthralling presence and a voice of striking clarity and power. Lynn performs bluewater and whitewater music and interprets sense of place in song and story for museums, libraries, festivals, schools and universities, parks, and historic sites in North America and beyond. Lynn plays mountain dulcimer, guitar, and percussion, but her favorite instrument is the audience.
The core of Crosscurrents is Lynn’s maritime music, from “real head-back-and-let-fly sea chanteys” to freshwater paddling songs and river ballads. Her debut album Crosscurrents (pending re-release as Gulf of Saint Lawrence) received the Tree of Learning Award for excellence in environmental education from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Her second album GOING UPRIVER led to a touring series for river festivals, the Voice of the River Songbook, and a consulting career with the Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
Lynn has been featured at the Mystic Sea Music Festival, Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, GottaGetGon Festival, Old Songs Festival, and major maritime museums in the US and Canada. Her most recent album, A WOMAN’S WAY, celebrates maritime women adventurers and explorers of North America. A songbook of Lynn’s originals, Songs My Paddle Sings, is pending an updated second edition with a companion online playlist.
FOLK COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Lynn co-founded NE Chanteysings and Greater Boston Traditional Song, which sponsors the Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing and the Somerville Armory Pub Sings, and co-moderates the Fiddlers Green memorial page for chanteysingers who have crossed the bar. Lynn is a proud transatlantic member of the Middle Bar Singers of Sidmouth Folk Week, and regularly hosts international maritime musicians visiting Boston. She has been named a CDSS Local Hero for her kickstarter mentoring of local folk arts community leadership. Lynn is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, and Folk Alliance International.
As a professional heritage interpreter, Lynn offers an award-winning living history series of adventurous women including Gudrid the Wanderer: First Viking Woman in the New World and Lisette's Journey: Crossing the Continent by Voyageur Canoe in the Fur Trade. Lynn is a member of the National Association for Interpretation, Interpretation Canada, and the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, and the author of VOYAGES: Canada’s Heritage Rivers, the first Canadian recipient of Best Conservation Publication from the Natural Resources Council of America. Lynn’s next book is Farewell to Nova Scotia: From Schooner to Shoe Factory, a biography of her great-grandfather who came to Lynn, MA from Yarmouth, NS in 1889.
Lynn co-leads and directs ensembles The Old Howard Troupe, an extraordinary league of Old English Music Hall artistes, and the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society, delighting audiences with Celtic, colonial, maritime, and New England original music since 1976. Lynn also sings duo as time permits with tenor Ken Mattsson as Power Harmonies and with FSSGB President Lynn Feingold as The Alewives, and duo/trio with USS Constitution Museum Gallery Manager Gary Foreman and/or David Kessler of Seattle as The Lazy Jacks.
Storytelling and street theatre highlight Lynn as a founder of the AFTer Hours Adult Folktale Telling Series and the Paper Bag Mummers. She also founded the Greater Boston Community Burns Supper and the Boston Serious Burns Unit to celebrate Burns heritage in Boston. Lynn is a member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) and Northeast Storytelling (NEST).