Raised in central Maine but currently based out of Grinnell, IA, Adriana Walsh is best known for her solo work, which she considers folk-country. She is also a member of 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”. While attending the Workshop that summer, she played a song to open for folk singer-songwriter David Wilcox. Walsh has since continued recording and writing music, especially with friend and fiddler Leah Meyer. In recent years, she has also worked closely with bassist Tom Earnest and drummer Vincent Kelley.
While Walsh spends 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.
In the summer of 2013, Walsh released a demo entitled “Where Colder Winds Blow.” She plans to release her first full-length album in the spring of 2015. Read more about Walsh here.