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“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 as a street performer at age 13. His multi-faceted and thoughtful songwriting integrates the many journeys his life has offered him; from the geographic, to the socio-political, to the spiritual. His songs embrace contradiction and dismantle duality in a poetic fabric of story, 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 six 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 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.” 

Adhamh currently lives in Huichin Village Territory (Berkeley, CA) where he is a divinity student and a ritualist and workshop facilitator on topics of anti-oppression, mindfulness, social emotional learning and restorative justice.