adhamh's bio


“Frighteningly clever and disarmingly heartfelt folksongs” -Examiner.com

"Adhamh is a true original that weaves together a variety of sources seamlessly into new combinations, built on solid platform of popular folk music that makes Pete Seeger applaud up in heaven."
-Brian McNally, artist and cultural worker, Oberon Destroyers Blog


Adhamh Roland is a genderqueer visionary activist who sings about resilience, human experience, evolution, interconnectedness and freedom from cycles of violence and oppression.

Roland, hails from St. Louis Missouri where he began his music career belting anti-Capitalist anthems and Ani Difranco covers as a street performer at age 13. Roland’s multi-faceted and thoughtful style is a nod to the many journeys his life has offered him since those days; from the geographic, to the socio-political, to the spiritual. His songs embrace contradiction and dismantle duality in a poetic fabric of words, melody and spirit.

Roland co-founded the Riot Folk collective in 2004 and has toured internationally for over ten years—4,000 miles of which he bicycled. He has released five albums including an intimate soundscape of his medical transition in which he harmonized with his pre-testosterone and post-testosterone voice in his 2009 release “Patchwork and Threadbare.” Roland has performed his acoustic sets in hundreds of venues including universities, union halls, meditation halls, churches, community gardens, sit-ins, picket lines and living rooms (his favorite).  Roland has scored film and theater performances, toured and created with Benchpress Burlesque and The Tranny Roadshow, and was featured in the 2009 documentary “Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Musical Performance.”

In addition to his folks tunes, Roland has written hundreds of songs for customers around the world with his business Tin Can Singing Telegram–featured in local papers as well as Newsweek.

Adhamh currently lives somewhere between his hometown of St. Louis and the San Francisco Bay Area where he facilitates workshops for youth, adults and children on topics of anti-oppression, gender liberation, mindfulness, social emotional tools, and conflict resolution.