“Linda has a beautiful voice; she writes a good song!”
Steve Thorpe, singer-song writer, Rapid City Journal columnist
At many concerts over the years, listeners have compared her voice to Joan Baez, Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers and Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa.
Singer, song writer and social historian Linda Boyle has been performing for decades. She sings in many languages and genres, with a vast repertoire in Spanish, as well as well-researched songs.
Linda has been a educator for over thirty years, teaching grades 4-12 as well as Adult Education and English as a Second Language. She has taught Reading, U.S. History, Chicago Studies, and specializes in the history of women, labor, immigrants, and peace and social justice movements. In her twenty-five years in Special Education, she has had roles as both a teacher and school director. Her workshops include the use of music in differentiated and literacy instruction, and as an expressive therapy in working with youth who have experienced trauma and abuse.
Through the years Linda has sung in churches, temples, restaurants (as a strolling singer), several Mexican restaurants and even an Indian restaurant, Taj Mahal and Spanish restaurant, Cafe Barcelona, both in Chicago's Gold Coast. Her experience in singing in Mexican restaurants and at events in Chicago Mexican communities, expanded her love and repertoire of songs in Spanish. While working at Jane Addams' Hull-House Museum, she performed regularly at Decima Musa Restaurant in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood for almost six years.
Linda has performed musical narrative programs combining song and narrative history at schools, universities, libraries and events including the National Women’s Studies Association, Chicago Area Women’s History Conference, Hull-House Museum, South Dakota Pride Festival, Black Hills Heritage Festival, South Dakota Reading Conference and Amnesty International. A Chicago native, Linda now calls the Black Hills of South Dakota her home.
Chicago Country: Songs of two homes: Chicago and the Black Hills
Brave Songs: songs of social justice for all ages, in several languages
"Keep singing your soul as you do so exquisitely."
Ellen Rockne, singer, actor Decorah, Iowa
" an incredibly great singer!" Stuart Stotts