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.
On mountain dulcimer, Lynn plays voyageur and Viking melodies, music of Newfoundland and the Great Lakes, and Celtic tunes with dancing rhythm. As a percussionist, she will pick up spoons, bones, bodhran, or a handy glass or bottle. “Paddy Washtub” is the name of her one-of-a-kind washtub string bass that lends depth and whimsy to a concert or jam.
Lynn is a true North American with family roots in Bluenose Nova Scotia, Moravian Minnesota, and both Yankee and Irish Boston. Often taken for a Canadian, this bilingual wild goose has been known to claim protection under the Migratory Waterfowl Act. She has a keen interest in genealogy, and travels widely to connect with family in every corner of the continent.
Professional & Academic
A graduate of Dartmouth College (1981) and Research Fellow of Dartmouth's Institute of Arctic Studies (1992-1998), Lynn holds a M.S. in human/environment geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987), and several international awards of excellence in environmental education and heritage interpretation.
After sojourns in the Great Lakes, Atlantic Canada, Vermont, and the Ottawa Valley, Lynn returned to her home port of Boston in 1998 to build a second career in information technology. This transition into tech soon led her to reapply her writing and analytical skills as a business analyst and project manager, and to parley her community leadership and visual design abilities into a global role as information architect and director of collaboration services for one of the world's largest IT service providers.
Lynn is currently an independent consultant as a Digital Ecologist, designing a sense of place in the cloud for global business communities.