Background and Biography


Lynn Noel has a voice of striking clarity and power, as wide and deep as her repertoire. She is equally at home in a flowing, traditional ballad or a rousing sea chantey, delivered in English or French. She sings in fourteen languages from Gaelic to Zulu to Inuktitut, accompanying herself and her harmony groups on mountain dulcimer, string bass, bodhran, spoons, and stepdancing feet. What is her favorite instrument? " C'est simple. The audience.”


Lynn's deep roots in a cappella harmony reach back through thirty-five years of all-night sings from New England and Newfoundland to California and Cornwall. Her vast repertoire encompasses sea chanteys and pub songs, ballads and broadsides, music hall and vintage Victorian, medieval and Renaissance, and anything with a chorus from gospel to doo-wop. A choral singer since the age of nine, Lynn has performed professionally with duos, trios, quartets and small ensembles, as well as in sacred harp, West Gallery, madrigal, classical, and early music choruses. Lynn brings the raw, energetic sound of folk harmony and the driving beat of work songs to her grassroots leadership wherever unaccompanied songs are sung.

Crosscurrents Series

The CROSSCURRENTS concert series blends natural and cultural heritage in music, storytelling, living history and color slides. Songs and tales of landscapes and special places, waterways both fresh and salt, the adventures of strong women and the magic of the seasonal round create and celebrate a sense of place. Workshops and residencies in music and storytelling, ritual dance and drama and in using arts and folklore for environmental and cultural heritage education are also available, as are research publications and consulting in heritage interpretation.

Since 1986, I have been researching and presenting traditional music, living history, and heritage interpretation under the banner of Crosscurrents: Sense of Place in Song and Story, Bluewater and Whitewater Music.

This work has taken me down wild rivers in every province and territory in Canada; to a Russian monastery and an Icelandic glacier; to a shamanic workshop on the ancient Vikings; and to untold maritime adventures, from being rescued by a Newfoundland dog in Boston Harbor to sailing a tall ship in Penobscot Bay. And then there was celebrating my birthday at a whisky distillery...not to mention current adventures of rearchitecting this website and running a monthly chantey sing at MIT.

33 Years of Song and Story

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Lynn's first album and thus the launch of Crosscurrents Music.  This site showcases Lynn's solo work as a singer and storyteller for concerts, folk festivals, and heritage sites. Crosscurrents' three main themes are rivers and sea music, living history of adventurous women (A Woman's Way, Lisette's Journey, and Gudrid the Wanderer), and the seasonal round. Crosscurrents Music also hosts recordings and songbooks, press kit, and resource links to words/music &c. 

Lynn performs with multiple performing groups with their own websites. The five-piece Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society offers traditional maritime, Celtic, and colonial music since 1976 in New England. She is a session leader for the monthly MIT Chantey Sing and the founding moderator of the Northeast Chantey Sings Yahoo! group, featuring the most complete events calendar for maritime music between New York and Newfoundland. Lynn sing in various duo and trio combinations with David KesslerKen MattssonDiane Taraz, and others, and for five years booked and managed the sea music cruise/stage at the Boston Folk Festival. Contact to help put together the right group for your event.