To be regarded as a truly great traditional accordion player
of individual style, grace and spirit, in a country which boasts
of an excess of truly great and highly rated traditional musicians,
is an accolade not to be taken lightly. Josephine Marsh is one such
In the wake of her eponymously titled debut album
in '96 (now Re-released on the Tara label), which received excellent
reviews in such music magazines and national papers as Hot Press,
The Irish Times, The Irish Echo (NY), Folk Roots(UK), Rock n' Reel
(Scotland), The Irish Music Magazine, The Irish Voice (NY), Dirty
Linen (USA), etc. Josephine's reputation as an accordion player
and composer has carried her, and her band to perform at gigs and
festivals in Europe, Australia, and the USA. On St. Patrick's Day
she, along with her brother Pat and singer Niamh Parsons, played
for President Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahearn and many other dignitaries
at Capitol Hill. In 1997 her music was featured in a National Geographic
film on the Famine. Josephine was also voted Best Rookie of the
Year and also was one of the runners up for Best Female Traditional
Performer by the Irish Music Magazine. She has a style all of her
own making and with the help of the many television/radio stations
playing her music, has built up a faithful, sizeable audience for
her particular brand of music.
With her four-piece band, which includes the virtuoso mandolin/bouzouki
player Declan Corey, Paul O Driscoll on double bass, and the latest
addition to the group, guitarist/singer Tommy Carew, Josephine has
successfully integrated her individual style and sound to an equally
individual group sound and style.
RECORDINGS: To date Josephine has been involved
in a number of recordings. These include the following:
- (1990) - TO MEET A FRIEND Josephine Marsh/Cyril O Donoghue
(accordion/bouzouki and vocals) own label. Produced by Josephine
Marsh/Cyril O Donoghue
- (1991) - THE HUMOURS OF CLARE various artists, i.e.; Sean
Tyrrell, Martin Hayes, etc., - Clare FM label Produced by Aine
- (1994) - THE SANCTUARY SESSIUNS various artists, i.e.; Sean
Tyrrell, Kevin Crawford, Shannon Family, etc., - Sanctuary Sessiuns
label. Produced by PJ Curtis
- (1997) KATE PURCELL A DREAM UNFOLDS Kate Purcell singer/songwriter
Dream Records Produced by PJ Curtis
- (1998) - LIVE IN PEPPERS various artists, i.e.; Martin O Connor,
Tommy Peoples, etc., - Coolin Bridge label. Produced by Tommy
- (1998) - THE DIMMING OF THE DAY Gerry Lynch (vocals) Dolphin
Records. Produced by PJ Curtis.
- (1998) - THE ORCHARD Sean Tyrrell (vocals) Longwalk Records
Produced by Sean Tyrrell/Davy Spillane.
- (1999) - TIM FLANNERY'S ALBUM (vocals,USA) Tim Flannery featuring
Jackson Brown and Bruce Hornsby Whale Bone Records Produced
by Matt Manning/PJ Curtis
MEDIA: Josephine has appeared on several television
programmes in recent years. These include:
- SULT a Hummingbird Production for both RTE 1 and Teilifis
na Gaeilge, presented by Donal Lunny.
- NATIONWIDE an RTE 1 production which also featured the music
of the group De Dannan.
- GANTRY shown on Teilifis na Gaeilge and RTE 1 and presented
by Brendan Begley.
- SIBIN also a Teilifis NA Gaeilge production that featured
the band and on Christmas Eve 98 with Jerry Lynch.
- THE PAT KENNY SHOW shown on RTE 1, featuring the singer/songwriter,
- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has included The Shepherd from the Josephine
Marsh album, in a film based on the Great Famine in Ireland,
narrated by Gabriel Byrne. This film also included music from
The Chieftains and Zan McCloud.
- RADIO AIRPLAY Josephine's music has/is featured on a regular
basis on local, national, and international radio stations such
as Clare FM, RTE 1/RTE2, Lyric FM, BBC World Service, etc.
- Airplay has also included live interviews on FolkScene (Los
- Sydney radio; Australia,
- Breton Radio, France,
- and the Kathleen Biggins Celtic radio show in New York.
CD REVIEWS AND OTHERS: Some CD reviewers have
- Compares with the best work of more publicly renowned names
'Bill Graham, Hot Press'
- A player of outstanding ability 'Nuala O Connor, Irish Times'
- A phenomenal accordion player a mind blowing debut album 'John
O'Regan, Rock and Reel'
- Loose, free, spiritual, simple, light, joyous, flowing 'Phil
Gaston, folk Roots'
- One of the most deeply satisfying instrumental album made in
recent years 'Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, New York'
- Marsh has a gift for composition. Every time I turn on the stereo
lately, I find myself reaching for Josephine Marsh's self-titled
record. 'Don Meade, Irish Voice, New York'
- Excellent debut album, a gentle gem, full of life and humour
'Alex Monaghan, Living Tradition'
- The lyric beauty she brings from the accordion is hair bristling
stuff 'National Folk Festival, Geelong, Australia'
- There's great respect in her music a wonderful accordion player
'Phillip King, Hummingbird Records'