Hailed by fiddler Darol Anger “one of my favorite musicians on earth”, the CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work”, Portland, Maine-based Joe K. Walsh is known for his beautiful writing and his exceptional tone and taste.
His collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the global and musical map. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Ethan Jodziewicz) a duo with Grant Gordy, and his own Joe K. Walsh Band. An avid educator, Joe is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music.
Joining Joe are some of the best young players in the acoustic world. Guitarist Courtney Hartman is a member of the celebrated all girl bluegrass Della Mae, and is widely in demand as a singer, writer and player in numerous situations.
Exceptionally tasteful bassist Brittany Karlson has toured with Molly Tuttle, Matt Glaser, and the Goodbye Girls, and is a first call bass player in both the bluegrass and jazz scenes in Boston.
Fiddler John Mailander, of Music City, Tennessee, is known for his work with Molly Tuttle and Tony Trischka, amongst many others. John is one of the most talented and tasteful fiddlers alive, and is greatly in demand in Nashville and on the road. He has a beautiful record entitled Walking Distance which he as released under his own name.