Hailed by David Grisman as a “wonderful mandolin player,” and by Darol Anger as “one of the best mandolinists I’ve ever played with,” Portland, Maine–based musician Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, as well as his years of collaborations and recordings with acoustic music luminaries including Darol Anger, Brittany Haas, Grant Gordy, Mike Block, Danny Barnes, Scott Nygaard, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow, a band he co-founded. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Molly Tuttle to Tony Trischka, and performed at festivals, clubs, and theaters all over North America and Europe.
After a number of award-winning years 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 Aidan O’Donnell), the Mike Block Trio, a project with Celia Woodsmith, and a trio with Ella Jordan and Jed Wilson. His most recent solo record If Not Now, Who? was released in 2023 on Adhyaropa Records. An avid educator, Joe is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps and workshops all over, and teaches online through Peghead Nation.