Sea Music and River Songs

Lynn is a regionally and nationally respected songleader with a powerful voice, a huge repertoire, and a gift for audience participation. Her Sea Music Singarounds have packed halls to capacity at NEFFA and NOMAD. Lynn is co-moderator of the NE_Chanteysings Yahoo! Group, which sponsors Boston's MIT Chantey Sing and offers a regional discussion network and sea music events calendar from Washington and Philadelphia to Maine and Newfoundland. 

WORKSHOP TOPICS

Working Chanteys • Women at Sea • Bluenosers & Yankee Clippers • The Age of Sail • Newfoundland Songs • Fish and No Fish • Ships by Name • Shipwreck of the Month • Small Boats • Rivers & Lakes • Chanteys Not in English • Finding the Northwest Passage • Puffin and Blowin': Marine Life of the North Atlantic • Maritime Poetry in Song • Songs of the Vikings • Songs of the Voyageurs • Being Heard in a High Wind

MARITIME BIOGRAPHY

Lynn can pack for a 30-day Arctic wilderness canoe trip and for a luxury cruise singing sea chanteys in front of a white piano. Her music braids together working chanteys from the age of sail; flowing ballads of love, loss, and life at sea; environmental education in marine ecology; and a rich knowledge of maritime history. 

Her adventures include paddling 600 miles of the Yukon and 14 other Canadian rivers with some good serious whitewater, arriving at her wedding in a war canoe, running the Connecticut from source to sea, swimming with the dolphins, doing seabird surveys by helicopter, photographing commercial fishermen at work, and cruising the high seas of the Davis Strait in a hurricane. Lynn has edited and photographed boating guides for Maine and the Bahamas; sung on gundalows, galleons, schooners, clippers, square-riggers and longships; and toured maritime museums in North America, Iceland, Britain, Scandinavia, and the Baltic.

As a writer and scholar with a M.S. in geography, Lynn has presented at watershed stewardship conferences in North America, Estonia and Russia; written an award-winning book on Canada's national river conservation system, and co-chaired the first Canadian Heritage Rivers conference. She has taught saltwater canoeing since age 16, chanteyed for sail handling on tall ships, and lectured on cruise ships from Iceland to Boston. A former board member of the River Management Society, she has received three international awards for excellence in environmental education and heritage stewardship.