Raised in central Maine but currently based out of Grinnell, IA, Adriana Walsh has been playing guitar since the age of fourteen and started writing songs shortly thereafter. She is known for her solo work, which she considers folk/country, as well as her work with Grinnell-based rock band Victorian Gaslight, in which she sings and plays banjo and trumpet. In the fall of 2012, Victorian Gaslight opened for the Bowerbirds at Grinnell College.
In the summer of 2009, Walsh released a 5-song demo entitled “Songs for the Seasons,” and in the same summer was awarded first place in the National Guitar Workshop’s Songwriting Competition for her song “Crying Out” (which appears at the end of the video – 3:31). While attending the National Guitar Workshop that summer, she played a song to open for folk singer-songwriter David Wilcox (Wilcox ended up naming the song, which was previously called “Untitled”). Walsh has since continued recording and writing music, especially with fiddler Leah Meyer. In the past year, she has also worked closely with bassist Tom Earnest and drummer Vincent Kelley.
While Walsh has spent most of her time writing songs for voice and acoustic guitar, she has recently begun composing contemporary concert music, studying under the instruction of Eric McIntyre at Grinnell College. Her piece “Ridge, Forest, Sea” for cello, violin, and trombone was premiered at Grinnell College in November of 2012, and her piece “Love on January 26” for piano trio was premiered at Grinnell College in May of 2013.
This coming fall, Walsh plans to record an album of original music with Meyer, Earnest, and Kelley in Grinnell, IA.