At an early age, Lynn felt a strong connection with language and storytelling, and became interested in folk songs and ballads. In elementary school the regular visit of a singer/guitarist was her favorite subject. Eager to learn, she borrowed library books and recordings to study ballad lyrics, spending hours learning songs by ear from Joan Baez, Judi Collins, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Johnny Cash.
At Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts she was chosen to perform with the Chamber Singers, a 12-person a cappella performance group led by Dr. Jacob Liberles. After college, she helped organize the Alumni Chamber Singers, a group still performing 30 years later.
After college, she performed for 27 years at Blanchard's Tavern in Avon, Massachusetts, gaining performance experience and expanding her repertoire. After the Tavern closed, Lynn gathered some of her talented new friends to form The Old Howard Troupe, an English Music Hall performing troupe. Today her repertoire ranges from ballads to tender love songs, from hearty drinking songs to English Music Hall. She continues to draw inspiration from the recordings and performances of Jean Redpath, Brian Peters, The Copper Family, John Roberts and Tony Barrand, and many others.
Lynn ranges far and wide in her black “Folkmobile” for traditional music and song, and has met many singers at Youth Traditional Song Weekend, New England Folk Festival Association, Old Songs Festival, Traditional Music and Dance Camp (TradMaD) at Pinewoods, Mystic Sea Music Festival, Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival, Folk Song Society of Greater Boston Fall Getaway Weekend, pub sings, chantey sings, and other more informal folk gatherings. She frequently hosts ballad swaps, trad swaps, and the occasional “Ballads Around the Firepit.” She loves to host late-night ballad swaps and sings to hear older performers share the songs of their youth.
For more than ten years, Lynn and her sister Karen Haffner have organized a Traditional Ballad Singing Competition for Students (Grades 4 through Age 25) at the South Shore Folk Music Club in Duxbury, MA, encouraging young people to learn traditional ballads and perform them in a warm and friendly atmosphere for cash prizes.
In addition to managing and performing with The Old Howard Troupe English Music Hall, Lynn is President of The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, Social Media Manager of The Randolph Historical Commission, and Clerk of the Trustees of Stetson Hall. She is currently seeking an administrative role in the Boston area arts and culture community. She lives in Randolph, Massachusetts with her cats and her songs.