has been a presence on the Northeast singer/songwriter circuit for over 25 years. With three independently released CDs produced by Tom Dube (Richard Thompson, Julianna Hatfield), she has performed on stages of the top folk venues in the country, including Club Passim in Cambridge MA, the Iron Horse in Northampton MA, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem PA, Cafe Lena in Saratoga NY, the Bottom Line in New York City and Eddie's Attic in Atlanta. She has also appeared on stage solo or in collaboration with Camp Hoboken and the RESPOND collective at well known festivals including the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale NY and the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville TX.
In recent years Linda has appeared annually at the Black Potatoe Music Festival each summer with the Sharar Sisters. Additional pop-up gigs by the Sharar Sisters have included the New Moon Coffeehouse opening for John Gorka and headlining house concerts primarily in the Tri-State region.
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 RESPOND I 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.
Kerrville Folk Festival - Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalist 2008
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 Performance highlights:
Black Potatoe Festival, solo and with the Sharar Sisters, 2012 - 2019
Kerrville Folk Festival 2008
Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ 2008
Music Under the Stars Series 2006
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 1998, 1999, 2005
Black Potatoe Festival 2003
Baltimore Pride Festival 2002
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 1999
Dogwood Festival, Atlanta GA 1999
Bottom Line Cabaret, NYC 1998
Club Passim, Cambridge MA 1996-present - 2 full-house CD release concerts and various solo/ITR shows over the years.
Oasis Acoustic Sampler (multiple years)
Respond Compilation I and II, artist & producer (1998)
Best of Boston Compilation (1998)
Camp Hoboken Vol II (1997)
Fast Folk - New Voices NYC (1995)
Camp Hoboken Vol I (1995)