Linda Parker Hamilton
The Northern Nightingale
Linda is a Canadian whistler who is available for performances in Toronto and the surrounding area. She is the Owner / Moderator of the Orawhistle Global Whistlers' Forum, the world's online whistling community. In April 2013, she was inducted into the International Whistlers Hall of Fame in honor of her contributions to the art of musical whistling. Linda was also featured in a Washington Post article and in the Toronto Star.
Linda gave a lecture on the History of Musical Whistling at the 2012 International Whistlers Convention. In 2011, she received the 2011 International Whistling Entertainer of the Year Award award at the Convention. She also appeared on CBC's Maritime News radio show.
Linda's whistling is included in composer John Oswald's soundscape, "A Time to Hear for Here," for the Spirit House in the new Crystal wing of the Royal Ontario Museum. She has also performed on CBC Morning TV and City Breakfast TV in Toronto and on radio for CBC Metro Morning, CFRB Nightside, Toronto, the Colin McEnroe Afternoon Show on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 AM in Hartford, Connecticut, the Kool 106 Morning Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Augusta Maine Morning Show, Toledo, Ohio, and Louisburg, North Carolina. She has also soloed at the Puckerama Benefit Concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to whistling, Linda plays autoharp, celtic harp, bowed psaltery, dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, and flute. She accompanies her whistling with autoharp and celtic harp.
The Strike the 'Harp and Strike the 'Harp Again Christmas autoharp compendium CDs feature Linda's unique and haunting combination of autoharp and whistling. Linda also appears and whistles in "Pucker Up: the fine art of whistling," an award-winning documentary by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner about the 2004 International Whistling championship.
In addition to her musical work, Linda is the General Manager of Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders, a non-profit organization dedicated to converting public domain books into e-books.
- March of the Three Kings -- whistling and autoharp -- part of the "Strike the 'Harp Again" CD
- Song of India -- Youtube video of Linda whistling and accompanying herself on autoharp at a concert at the 2013 International Whistlers Convention
- Try to Remember (with harp accompaniment) -- New!
- End of the World
- Put Your Head on my Shoulder
- Dream a Little Dream
- Softly and Tenderly
- Amazing Grace
- Eleanor Plunkett (bowed psaltery)