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.
If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album is Lula Wiles’ first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/ guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart.
Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their effervescent vocal blend and electrifying musical chemistry. Now based in Boston's thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the East Coast, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They were also selected as Official Showcase Artists for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Anthony da Costa is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist living in Nashville, TN. Originally hailing from Pleasantville, NY, Anthony has been writing and performing his songs since he was 13 years old. At the age of 16, Anthony became the youngest winner ever of both the Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting competitions. He has released 8 albums and 3 EP’s to date, including collaborations with Abbie Gardner of Red Molly, John Elliott, and Raina Rose. His latest release is DA COSTA, which was recorded in Austin, TX and features his music in an electric format. Sing Out! Magazine once called him “an outstanding writer of plainspoken Americana.”
Anthony has opened for the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dan Bern, Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), John Moreland, Kenny Loggins and other awesome folks like that. He plays guitar in a band called Nancy and Beth, featuring actor/singers Megan Mullally (Will and Grace, Children’s Hospital) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication). That band has played some amazing stages, including CONAN on TBS. Anthony currently tours as lead guitarist and harmony singer for Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still).
For four years, Anthony toured around the country while simultaneously earning a history degree at Columbia University, where he graduated in 2013. He plans to release several albums in the coming year, including a duo collaboration with Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Champan) as well as a solo acoustic record.