has been a steady presence on the Northeast singer/songwriter circuit for over 25 years. With three independently released CDs, she has performed on stages at some of the top venues in the country, including Club Passim in Cambridge MA, the Iron Horse in Northampton MA, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem PA, the Bottom Line in New York City and Eddie's Attic in Atlanta GA. She has also been invited to appear at well known festivals such as the Cottonwood Festival in Atlanta, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale NY and the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville TX.
Linda uses her creative gifts as a songwriter/performer to fund-raise for charities and special causes, and was instrumental in the success of the first RESPOND compilation, which raised over $150,000 for the RESPOND shelter in Somerville MA and was hailed as the "Top album of 1999" by Billboard Magazine.
In 2012, in spite of a more limited touring schedule due to family commitments, Linda was welcomed for a full set on the Quarry Stage at the wonderful Black Potatoe Festival in Clinton NJ, and opened shows for prestigious artists including Antje Duvekot at the Driftwood Coffeehouse and Garnet Rogers at the Me & Thee.
She will appear in multiple showcases at the 2013 Toronto Folk Alliance Conference and hopes to continue growing her fan-base and repertoire at venues through New England and beyond.
2008 Kerrville Folk Festival - Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalist!
Great American Music Awards - honorable mention for "Any Kind of Love"
We Are Listening Singer Songwriter Awards - honorable mention for "A Little Will Do"
"Everyday' shows a vulnerability in Linda’s voice reminiscent of the shy and hungry New York folksinger she was fifteen years ago, but now with the confidence that comes from all the positives she’s layered on her life—sister, spouse, mother. Linda Sharar is an amazing songwriter, and this album shines.” —Christian Bauman, author of "In Hoboken", "Voodoo Lounge" and "The Ice Beneath You".
Daniel Gewertz of the Boston Herald wrote: "One hint of a singer-songwriter's maturation is the company she keeps. Linda Sharar's sophomore effort, 'Any Second Street' boasts a whole crew of Boston's finest musicians: guitarist Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter), drummer Dave Mattacks (Richard Thompson), bassists Mike Rivard and Richard Gates, and singers Catie Curtis and Christopher Williams, among others. The album, graced by an acute awareness of the fragility of life, is dedicated to two songwriters who died far too early: Alexis Shepard and Don Brody." Friday, July 6, 2001
Some of Linda's performance highlights:
Black Potatoe Festival 2012 - Full set on Quarry Stage before Willy Porter & Ellis Paul
Kerrville Folk Festival 2008 - Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Contest
Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ 2008 - Christian Bauman's "In Hoboken" book release party. Camp Hoboken show
Music Under the Stars Series 2006 - Split headline with Gregg Cagno
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2005 - Rachel Bissex Tribute
Black Potatoe Festival 2003 - solo set and backing Gregg Cagno on Quarry stage leading up to Jorma Kaukonen
Baltimore Pride Festival 2002 - solo sets on main Stage and side stage.
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 1999 - showcase with several artists from the first Respond Compilation
Dogwood Festival, Atlanta GA 1999 - in the round with Chris Bauman and Gregg Cagno of Camp Hoboken
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 1998 - showcase with Camp Hoboken and on the main stage backing Dar Williams
Bottom Line Cabaret, NYC 1998 - Don Brody Tribute with Camp Hoboken, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw and the Bongos.
Club Passim, Cambridge MA 1996-present - 2 full-house CD release concerts and various solo/ITR shows.
Oasis Acoustic Sampler (2008) 'Round the Corner'
Oasis Acoustic Sampler (2001) 'I Know Your Worth'
Respond Compilation (1998) 'Any Kind of Love'
Best of Boston Compilation (1998) 'Pay the Rent'
Camp Hoboken Vol II (1997) "Nathan (the City)";"Come And Be Known To Me"
Fast Folk - New Voices NYC (1995) "Nathan (the City)"
Camp Hoboken Vol I (1995) "The Mystery", "Carriage Horse"