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" An exercise in grace and beauty": Steve Thorpe, Rapid City Journal says of Lin's Chicago Country CD album.
" Her highly expressive voice runs the gamut from grab-your heart to the comic." Steve Thorpe
" Linda doesn't just sing a song, she tells our stories" and " When Linda sings in Spanish, she reminds me of Mercedes Sosa" are but a couple of the reactions listeners have shared from her performances. A Chicago singer, song writer, Linda Boyle's repertoire includes many originals, roots, world, folk, Blues, Country and Old Time.
As a social historian, she has programs on the history of Chicago, women, labor and social justice issues. She has written two readers theatre musicals for children and has presented educational workshops at Reading, Special Education and social work conferences on the use of music with literacy and therapeutic work in schools.
She sings in several languages, with a large repertoire in Spanish. Her performances include festivals in the Midwest to South Dakota, libraries, schools and universities, clubs and restaurants and countless rallies and events supporting peace, anti-racism work, public education, immigrant rights and folks with disabilities and workers.
Some recent performances by Linda and also Awesome Folk Band (Linda & Dennis Huston) were opening for David Rovics at No Exit Cafe in Chicago, performing at People's Church, Chicago for the Anne Feeney Benefit, and Linda performing at Andy's Middle Eastern Restaurant in Chicago's Andersonville, Mast House in Woodstock, IL and Scammon Elementary School for Family Literacy Night.
Several new recordings have been released as singles: Shady Grove, Linda's Still Lookin' and Corrido de Atenco. The Chicago Country CD was released in June, 2011. It is mainly original songs, traditional, country, Old Time and Blues selections about her two homes: Chicago and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Linda will release Brave Songs/Cantos Bravos with an educational lesson guide for teachers this summer, 2011.
This album is a collection of mainly original songs about children and adults working for social justice. Although it has an educational purpose, it is a collection of beautiful ballads, songs for sing-alongs and danceable, uplifting and inspiring lyrics with great instrumentals by musician friends Dennis Huston, David Bragman, Rick Veras and Eddie Torrez & others.