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.
Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms” and “virtuosic solos,” TWISTED PINE has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and charismatic appeal.
Steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Fiddler Kathleen Parks’ command of the vocal mic is as charming as it is gutsy. On her instrument, Parks is an insatiable risk-taker, seeking out exciting new musical territories. Mandolinist Dan Bui is a master of melody and drive, celebrated widely for his dexterous, tasteful picking. And bassist Chris Sartori holds down the low end and a lot more, introducing creative, funk-inflected cadences that never overwhelm the beat.
While it’s easy to celebrate each of the band members individually, Twisted Pine is more than a collection of talented musicians – it’s a unit that grooves together. Their intricate arrangements of swelling, syncopated rhythm and precise, instrumental interplay bring the enveloping sound and hooks of indie pop to an acoustic instrumental setting.
You’ll find Twisted Pine on stages large and small, entertaining festivals of thousands and intimate rooms alike. Winners of the 2018 Boston Music Award’s Americana Artist of the Year and selected as one of Improper Bostonian’s 2018 “Top 10 Local Acts on the Rise,” Twisted Pine has played major events from Grey Fox to DelFest to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and beyond. “They absolutely rule their musical world with humor and relish,” says legendary fiddler Darol Anger.
Twisted Pine released its debut, self-titled album of original music in 2017, followed in 2018 by Dreams, an EP of “wildly innovative covers… full of spark, light, and irresistible force” according to PopMatters. Check out Twisted Pine on tour and see why The Boston Globe calls them “a wider version of stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still.”