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 Joe Walsh press photo (speakeasy).jpgHailed by Nashville’s Music Row magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work” and by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation,” Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries, including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk legend Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow, have taken him all over the musical and figurative map. He’s played with such diverse artists as John Scofield, Béla Fleck, and Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

After a number of years helping bluegrass supergroup the Gibson Brothers rise to the top of the bluegrass world, Joe currently splits his time between a group with Grant Gordy and Darol Anger called Mr. Sun and a trio with Brittany Haas and Owen Marshall. An avid educator, Joe is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps throughout North America and beyond, and has taught hundreds of students near his home in Portland, Maine. Joe also codirects the Berklee American Roots Weekend camp in Boston and the Ossipee Valley String Camp. At Peghead Nation, Joe explores the entire gamut of contemporary mandolin music and technique in The Advancing Mandolinist and teaches some great bluegrass jam session tunes in Bluegrass Mandolin Jam Favorites.


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August 23, 2014
Hey folks! Welcome to our little mandolin-filled corner of Peghead Nation!
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June 27, 2014
This 1993 Stephen Gilchrist Model 3 is a beautiful mandolin that seems to complement my style in a way that I like. Check it out in this video.
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Apr 01, 2020
Taylor Guitars rolls out a promotion so you can add a Baby, Academy Series, or GS Mini for just $99 with the purchase of select Taylor Guitars.

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